Culture on the Cheap
Fatty gets a new job
As a number of you are undoubtedly aware, The Vortex (which was located on Manhattan Avenue between Eagle and Dupont) has since relocated to Bushwick. Naturally Fatty and Champ, the resident shop cats, were transported to their new place of employment as well. I know this because I was the one who did the transporting. Champ was a real trouper; Fatty was ~20 pounds of hell on wheels.
Champ took to the new accommodations immediately. Fatty, however, was non-plussed and very vocal about making his dissatisfaction known. One day he finally decided to do something about it, as I recently learned from Fatty’s former keeper, Larry.
Fatty has always had a thing for hanging out in front of the store. When The Vortex was located on Manhattan Avenue he could usually be found laying on the sidewalk watching the world go by. Unfortunately this wasn’t an option at the new location whose cross streets have a lot more vehicular traffic. Fatty was put into lock-down.
Two weeks later, Fatty escaped.
After chastising his employees for enabling this to happen Larry pretty much wrote off ever seeing Fatty again. “He was probably hit by a car or somebody took him home”, Larry thought. Until one day when he went into a local bakery.
Fatty gazed up at Larry with a knowing look and went back to sleep.
I think Fatty likes his new job.