Little-Known Santa No. 3

Little-Known Santa No. 3
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Forget all you’ve heard about the North Pole. Little-Known Santa No. 3 (greeted at all his favorite haunts as the Beat Nik) resides instead within a cramped third-story walk-up in a dilapidated old Greenwich Village brownstone (no room for reindeer, I’m afraid).

Luckily, that dingy apartment at least has a generous fire escape that opens onto the building’s central airshaft. Through judicious application of rolled plastic sheeting, a hose from the bathroom tap, peat from a local Korean convenience store, grow-lights courtesy of cousin Benny back in Vermont, and power scavenged from the utility lines draped several stories above, Beat Nik has been able to fashion a quite productive greenhouse for the evergreen ‘herb’ he fashions into doobies for himself and his fellow artistes and groove-sters.

Listen now as the be-herbed Beat Nik bebops the bongos and bangs out some righteous rhymes, my man! Far out! Snap. Snap. Snap. Snap.

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Georgi 6 years ago

Santa i great man :)


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Thanks, Georgi!


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trish1048 6 years ago

Oh my! Grennwich Village used to fascinate me. I only ever visited once but didn't linger. I was a young teenager and was not supposed to go anywhere without my parents' permission, let alone the city!

Loving all of your illustrations!


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rickzimmerman 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

Thanks, trish. As a child of the '60s, I was caught up in campus protests, long hair, rock n' roll, and the occasional doobie-infused poetry reading . . .


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trish1048 6 years ago

Yep,,I'm a 60s kid myself. Great memories, even without getting caught up in the weed, liquor, etc. Guess you could say I was a good girl lol.

Your avatar reminds me of a look from the 60s. No offense, I think it's great :)

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