There are two roofs in Wilkes-Barre. One belongs to my friend of fifty-five years, Christine Wandel, and the other belongs to, Rico Fonseca, who lives five doors up the street. After coming up with the idea for making a musical about fixing Christine’s roof, a friend of hers came up with a quick, temporary, fix. A blue tarp was put up on the roof. Then, last night I saw blue tarps being put on roofs due to the hurricane – in a emergency!
This morning I googled Mr. Fonseca who says he is “of the Village” but, he does not live there as far as I can tell. Does he commute to work? I lived in the Village when I was seventeen. Stefan and Christine suggested I buy the house next to them after I got money from my uncle’s trust, but told them that was not allowed. If it was, I would be Rico’s neighbor, too!
What Christine told me, there is new roofing material up in the attic of her house, which suggests Rico was going to fixt the roof – before he sold it? I am a big fan of the author, Victor Hugo, and the opera ‘La Boheme’. May I suggest Rico do a painting of his neighbor, and sell it in a form of charity.
“Please! Buy my painting of my dear friend Christine so she can get a new roof job. We Village Bohemians stick by one another, and help each other in time of need. I was helped when I was a small boy. Kind Americans helped me come to the land of Milk and Honey!”
What is strange, the house next door was torn down, but, it appears and disappears in the google map. I will tie this into our musical ‘The Roof Job’. One number will be based on La Boheme where Christine laments for the lack of a good Fix-it Man:
“I love my Bohemian Writers and Artists, nearly to death. But, when it comes to fixing the hole in my roof, it takes two of you to sharpen a pencil.”
“Stay away from this guy – he’s kinda crazy!”
President: Royal Rosamond Press
In the four bohemians’ garret (Christmas Eve)
Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. They complain of the cold. In order to keep warm, they burn the manuscript of Rodolfo’s drama. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgruntled at not having been able to pawn some books. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, wine and cigars. He explains the source of his riches: a job with an eccentric English gentleman, who ordered him to play his violin to a parrot until it died. The others hardly listen to his tale as they set up the table to eat and drink. Schaunard interrupts, telling them that they must save the food for the days ahead: tonight they will all celebrate his good fortune by dining at Cafe Momus, and he will pay.
The friends are interrupted by Benoît, the landlord, who arrives to collect the rent. They flatter him and ply him with wine. In his drunkenness, he begins to boast of his amorous adventures, but when he also reveals that he is married, they thrust him from the room—without the rent payment—in comic moral indignation. The rent money is divided for their evening out in the Quartier Latin.