Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sid's Early Warning





Note: This is the second post today,the story is continued (vervolg in Afrikaans). A week before the accident, I was with a friend and we passed this bar named Sid's. I did not know Sid Williams (Willy Sid in my links)until later that year. The place just looked seedy enough to take a photo in front of, it could have been named Nick's or Vince's. Here's the thing, though. The following Saturday, I was wearing everything I had on in that photo, down to the Pancake Pantry cap. I had hair then, it poked through the torn cap after I lay on the ground. The black turtleneck and jacket were shredded by my bones. My copy of Nelson Algren's book lay beneath my right hand as if it was a Bible. In a comment to my post earlier today, Sid his ownself mentioned meeting me at the World Fantasy Convention in Seattle that October. I had my third of nine casts on by then, and damn if I didn't have the strangest wardrobe back then. MIAMI VICE was off the air; maybe they were just offering good deals at Chess King. Well, this brings you up to date on Sidney Williams, one of the finest writers I know, and a guy I'd want at my back if we were fighting a war with zombies, werewolves, or literary agents gone goofy.

6 comments:

etain_lavena said...

wowi....kewl....that you met Sid....my word those old clothes make most of us go eek if we ee ourselves...hihih:)

HemlockMan said...

Nelson Algren.

Should I read his work?

Is Sids still there? (I'm sure the name keeps the wee bairns away.)

Sidney said...

You know, I remember that pic of you at Sid's better than I remember that pic of me at Sid's, the second Sid's being my old apartment once upon a time it appears.

Thanks for the compliment. I e-mailed you my super high concept zombie adventure idea.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sid in a beret? Don't let Homeland security get hold of this pic.

Sidney said...

I know I may look kind of like an anarchist in that picture, but I think if the jacket were open enough for you to see that it's a "We're not in Kansas anymore sweatshirt" that would mitigate any concerns.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

yes, bob, you should read algren. etain, sid and i have met many times, more times than mel gibson and danny glover in the lethal weapons movies. charles, sid, i can play devil's advocate, but wearing a not in kansas anymore shirt is the perfect cover for an anarchist, or the antichrist, even.