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Re: [Entertainment] In My old NEIGHBORHOOD

> about their old 'hood'. Maybe something
> funny or unique.>


It sounds as though you and I not only grew up in the same "era" but in the same neighborhood. I am from Missouri, too.

Now when I was a little girl, the "Skin Man" came through our neighborhood and put "terror" in my heart. He sold "cracklings" or fried pork rinds or "skins". But my childhood imagination caused me to believe that he came into the neighborhood to "harvest" children for their skin! LOL. I can remember that scene as though it were yesterday. The "Skin Man" had a little tin mouth harp that he blew..."Shrilllll"...up and down the scale. When I was playing outdoors, I could hear that shrill harp two blocks away. He carried this big "gunny sack" over his shoulders and hollered "skin man!" as he loped down the street at just about dusk.

I have NO idea where I got the notion that he was was a neighborhood menace rather than the vendor of a popular "delicacy". No matter how much my parents and grandmother tried to assure me that he was a nice man, I could not be convinced. I would scream with terror everytime I saw his shadowy figure coming down the street. I never stayed around long enough to ever see his face! LOL. I would stop my outdoor play and run into the house! The "skin man" remains an enigma to me.

Now don't y'all laugh too hard at me. I am certain everyone of you had some unfounded childhood fear. I have just confessed mine.LOL. This story has a special place in the book I am writing.

Now I thrilled when the Watermelon man, the vegetable man, and the popcorn/peanut vendor came by. There was an ice cream truck vendor that came by the neighborhood in the summer selling the BEST sherbert I have ever tasted. I have never found anything nearly as good as it was.

Those were the good ol' days,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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