“He tries to shake down businessmen.”– The Blue Suit talking to Josh Resnek
By JOSH RESNEK
The Blue Suit and I walked into McKinnon’s together. I wanted to buy some lamb grill.
It is amazing how no one noticed us. Made me think about reading “The Invisible Man,” the harrowing novel by Ralph Ellison.
“Have you read The Invisible Man?” I asked the Blue Suit as he browsed the meat aisle at McKinnon’s.
“Are you serious?” he replied. “It is one of my favorite books.
He recited the following to me from memory:
“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.”
Men and women shoppers walked by us as he recited this me.
I was amazed.
“My life with Carlo is hell. He’s a terrible man. You don’t know the half of it. His fakery makes everything worse. Let me recite this other bit from the Invisible Man that reminds me of my place in the world because he owns me,” said the Blue Suit.
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
“That’s exactly how I feel. It is exactly how so many others inside city hall feel working their jobs every day for Carlo. Mind you, not for the city, but for him, as though he owns city employees. It is pathetic, Josh. Believe me,” the Blue Suit added.
Outside McKinnon’s, we got into my red car, and we drove down Broadway.
“Look! Look there! That guy walking onto the construction site. He’s the mayor’s buddy. I know what’s going on. The mayor’s buddy is going to shake down the builder because he hasn’t yet contributed to the mayor’s re-election campaign,” the Blue Suit said.Continue reading — Eye on Everett —