Monday, September 15, 2014

That Voice from Above

After all these years, I thought I finally figured out who my upstairs neighbor is. But wrong person, mystery still unsolved, the suspense will neither kill me nor make me stronger.

We keep similar hours and I like when s/he’s home, the sounds of futzing around, soft singing, guitar strums. It’s a male voice, a tenor, that sings. I’ve heard the click-clack of high heels, a feminine footfall, twice.
I have now entered my building alongside two women who were on their way to the floor above me, not sure whether the younger and quieter one was a cross-dresser until the older of the two got in my face, pointed at Junior and accusatorily asked: “Isn’t she beautiful?”

“Mmm-hmm,” I said. They both had a gloriousness to them, unconventionally speaking, à la a con-artist duo straight out of a long-running Broadway musical – a pair up to no good, but on the cusp of belting out a detailed and catchy diddy to rationalize all the lies and manipulations.
“No one should ever discriminate against her,” Junior’s spokeswoman kept going. “It doesn’t matter what she’s wearing or who she wants to be.”

As if I had said or implied otherwise. As if I could care less whether this was a dude or a lady. I just want to know if s/he’s the guitarist, whose birthday falls on February 11th (Aquarians are notoriously creative individualists). I was home last February 11th and it’s the only time I’ve known him or her to have had anything close to a raucous gathering. Early into it, the small crowd sung happy birthday. And did not enunciate the birthday boy or girl’s first name.


  1. So, still no idea if it's male or female? Maybe you should hand deliver mail one day ;)

  2. Where I live neighbors are always up to no good - boys and girls.

    1. My neighbors have been suspiciously quiet all week.

      P.S.The people in THIS picture are Angie and me.

  3. One of my favorite movies is "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newman." Yes, that's the full title of this 1995 film about three drag queens road tripping across country. Hilarity, as they say, ensues. It stars Patrick Swayze (he of "Dirty Dancing"--hot!), Wesley Snipes (pretty cute!) and John Leguizamo (definitely has charm!) If you think they look good in men's clothing, you should see them in women's clothing!

    Another favorite film is everybody's favorite: "The Birdcage" (1996) starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, Christine Baranski, and others. It was written by Elaine Mays, also one of the Great Ones. When you put together all this comedy star power in one film, you know you're in for a good ride. I'm sure everyone knows the basic plot which centers around a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion. I never tire of seeing this movie, so funny, so tender, so loving, so kind.

    One other mention. I have long wanted to go to Lucky Cheng's in the East Village, Manhattan. Lotsa food, lotsa drag, and lotsa floor show. The website claims it is the most popular spot in New York for bachelorette parties. I think I'm a little (a lot?) out of the age group that will ever be invited to a bachelorette party there, but maybe one day I can round up a few friends who are willing to go for an evening of fun and relaxation.

    1. We're going for your next birthday. Which just so happens to fall on a weekend.