I’ve been living in downtown Covington, Ky., since the
middle of July 2011. Having lived in Cincinnati for most of my adult
life and with a lot of that time working and/or living downtown,
Covington has been an adjustment for me. In my view, Downtown Covington
isn’t anything like the city across the river.
I looked at my watch. It was a quarter
after 6. I figured with it being early evening, Walgreens, up on Madison
Avenue here in Covington, wouldn’t be that busy. I’d walk up there and
get me another bottle.
On Labor Day, 1994, I got a phone call from twin brother’s
friend in Seattle, Wash., where my twin, Jered, lived. This friend told
me that Jered was in a Swedish Hospital in serious condition. He also
told me Jered had AIDS. This was the first I’d heard about it.
last time Hope was in my life was early October, 1994. I had just
come back from Seattle, Washington where my twin brother had died. We
met at a bar in Price Hill. Hope
and I got our drinks, went to a table and talked about my brother
maybe for a couple minutes. Then we talked about bullshit things that
didn’t matter. I remember feeling angry about it later, but Hope
was just being Hope. Talking about real life wasn’t something she
was interested in.
hard for me to really say when my eyesight started to go so horribly
bad. I guess it was more or less a gradual thing, but during the
spring of last year, it seemed to suddenly worsen. More and more, I
was living in shades of pale.