I’ve never, fashion wise, quite understood a ring through one’s nose, even if you’re a Ubangi. A gold hoop through your nostrils…huh…what brought it on I wonder. I have one question: what was wrong with your ear?
Actually I have more questions which inspired me to conduct an impromptu interview on the number 6 train with Desi from the Bronx.
A breathtaking girl of 20 with eyes like a cat and hair she could sell by the pound, it’s so long and luxurious. She was sitting in the back of the train where they have two sets of seats comfy for one, or two very skinny people.
I slid in beside her like an eel up to no good.
Anything for a blog post.
“Hi I’m Susannah…can I ask you something?” She put down her phone.
“Yeah.” She was snapping gum so loudly even I heard it.
“And your name is?” She moved away from me like I was a about to pop the question.
“I’m Desi…and I’m schtraight.”
“Me too…I’m just curious about your jewelry. What made you put a ring (the size of Cleveland) through your nose?”
After sizing me up for a second she said, “Is a gift, from my man…wes goin steady.”
“But normally a guy would give you a ring to wear on your finger, right?” I was trying to be respectful so she wouldn’t hit me.
“It wuz too big, so I puts it in my nose. Don’t you like?”
She appeared shocked I might not.
“Yes, I do…it’s lovely…especially on you…but you really are a beautiful girl who doesn’t need much of anything, especially a hook through your nose.”
“I mean ring.” Jesus…my stop better be coming up.
“You know…yous would look good wit one. My Hector…he get all his rings on Arthur Ave…ya know…in na Bronx?”
“I know where that is. Lots of good restaurants on Arthur Avenue.” I couldn’t stop staring at her nose.
“Chico is ez name. He hop corners, but you’d know-em if you seen him.”
“How?” Like I was really going.
“He got 5 in his nose.”
“5 golden rings…he must do really well at Xmas.”
“I’ll check-em out…Chico.”
“Say my Hector sen you…he like ra-ferrals.”
She got off at Astor Place her hair, like Rapunzel, billowing behind her.
I’m just glad he didn’t give her a watch that was too big.