Sometimes Like Dimes

Sometimes Like Dimes

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Sometimes Like Dimes: Life and Life Lessons in the Steel City is about Thom Slofer, and chronicles his experiences growing up and becoming older in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA. The story begins in September of 1985 and culminates in Atlanta Georgia in 1997. During this time period the people, life passages, and the changing surroundings are described as they affect him. The Hill was once a thriving inner-city neighborhood. World-famous jazz musicians once played in the ballrooms and jazz clubs nightly; the Hill District was to Pittsburgh what Harlem is to New York City. Hard economic times before and after the 1980a€™s hit the once economically thriving black community at the foot of downtown Pittsburgh hard. The Hill was now nothing more than a snapshot of economic demise. The successes and setbacks through his high school years and into his young adult life are chronicled. Older women he became involved with showed him another way to be despite peer and neighborhood influences. He graduates high school to attend college but drops out and obtains a reasonable job; but the streets and thier infuences are present. He becomes a part-time bartender then begins to carry a gun before loosing his job and succumbing to low self-esteem. Hea€™s then forced to survive on the streets but refuses to take part in any crime. He rises above and eventually beyond the streets, but the lessons qstreet lifeq taught stayed within him. His views of life and relationships begin to change and street life looses its luster. Thom finds a good job and returns to school. He first finds difficulty in merely trying to attend then more difficulty when he does. Thom makes his way through school to graduate and attemps to seeks a new life in Atlanta Georgia. Sometimes Like Dimes: Life and Life Lessons in the Steel City not only demonstrates that if every man were to write a book about his experiences every story would be unique; but is also a lens to view what it was like to live life in Southwestern Pennsylvania, USA.The bill for the gas was two hundred and eighty dollars last month despite me fitting plastic film on all the windows. ... omelet for dinner, a big difference from when Ia#39;d cooked huge pots of chilly and homemade beef stew from scratch when Tika or Donzie was here. ... fixed, something I coulda#39;ve not done if I didna#39;t get my own front spindle from Becks Run Road Auto Wrecking and take to the repair shop.

Title:Sometimes Like Dimes
Author: Thom Slofer
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2011-01-12

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