Frankie the Drunk

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James, 1962-

“Now, decades later, most of their names are lost to him, but he does remember his: Frank. Frankie the Drunk, they called him.”

It was his sixth year at ITT, the last year there, as it turned out. In fact, the last year working in one place for any extended length of time. A quote by Thomas Edison served as his inspiration, and still does: ‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’

It was a small place. Back then, he knew everyone by name, but was close to neither of them. Now, decades later, most of their names are lost to him, but he does remember his: Frank. Frankie the Drunk, they called him. Most afternoons he would appear, often drunk, to sweep up the place. The owner believed in hiring the unemployable. Back then, there were more employers like him. Someone like Frankie can’t find a job these days.

He remembers little of him. They rarely talked, but after all these years, of all the people who worked there, he remembers Frankie most vividly. Why? He cannot tell. 

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