Thursday, May 2, 2024

the last book I ever read (Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong, excerpt ten)

from Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong:

When I got home Daisy was not in. She was sitting at the window of her friend’s house with about ten bricks sitting beside her. But I did not know this. Just as I was about to put the key in the lock one of Daisy’s bricks hit our door. Wham! This really scared me. To my surprise, when I turned to see where the bricks were coming from, I saw Daisy cursing and throwing bricks faster than Satchel Paige. There was not anything I could do but keep on ducking bricks until her supply ran out. And when it did she came flying downstairs to fight it out with me. Quick as a flash I stooped down and picked up one of the bricks she had thrown at me. I cocked up my right leg as though I was going to pitch a strike for the home team and let the brick fly. It hit Daisy right in the stomach. She doubled up in a knot screaming: “You’ve killed me. You’ve killed me.”

I don’t know what else she said because I was not there to hear it. Someone had called the police station (people will do those things) saying a man and a woman were fighting, and they were certainly right. When I heard the patrol bell ringing I tore out for the back fence and sailed over it so fast I did not even touch it. I could hear the policemen blowing their whistles and shooting their pistols into the air to try to stop me. That did not faze me. I was gone like the turkey through the corn.

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