Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Gina was a friend of my cousin Eli.

Picture George Burns in drag. That's Gina. She couldn't have been more than five feet tall. Gina was very sweet and I liked her a lot. She tried to look out for Eli, but that was a difficult task for everyone who attempted it.

Gina lived in an apartment in Over-the-Rhine, probably the worst neighborhood in Cincinnati.

At some point, Gina came into a lot of money. I don't remember if she hit the lottery or won some kind of settlement, but suddenly her apartment was filled with friends.

There was a young man living with Gina whom Eli often complained about. Eli said he was taking advantage of Gina, and threatening her physically. Eli said Gina wanted him out, but wouldn't tell him to leave, but it was always difficult to say whether Eli was telling the truth.

One day, Gina was found in her closet naked, hog-tied and beaten to death. She had been robbed and her roommate was nowhere to be found.

Eli was convinced that the cops didn't care because Gina was an old drag queen in Over-the-Rhine. There may be some truth to that, but you know, anyone who would have taken the time to talk to her would have liked her. She had lived a terrible life and her soul was damaged, but she gave love and kindness to the world in return. She didn't deserve to go out like that.

I miss Gina.

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about Harry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like this approach. Looking forward to tomorrow :)