Tuesday, February 03, 2004

"Today's Moment in Nigga History"
by Reggie Dinkins, Jr.

On this day February 3, a colored renown folklore was created, the legend of "Palmer Park Phil". This neighborhood known for dogfights, violence, and good "snow-shovelers" acquired weather-wide fame in the late 1980's. It is around this time of year where people prepare for Valentine's Day, and/or and early spring sale. Penny's has been known to make a few dollars around this time.

Many Palmer Park residents often wondered was winter gone, is spring coming,who smoked my last 3 cigarettes, do i need to save this change for the laundromat, or should i hang my starter-coat out on the line. These kinds of questions circulated through many homes throughout Palmer Park. Never to fear this questions would soon be answered in due time.

Every neighborhood has a local talented "street-person". Many people like to attribute this term with the guy outside of the formerly known DC Live. There are others Charlie of Sheriff Rd, Brookie of 7East, and countless others to say the least, but Phillip Newsome of Palmer Park, aka Palmer-Park-Phil is perhaps one of the most talented.

It all started February 2, 1988, good ole Palmer Park Phil was coming out of the liquor store with a bottle of Martell, his favortie cognac. he enjoyed the spicy taste of this fine street cognac, not to mention he acquired much alley lovin with the Martell. During winter months Phil enjoyed drinking his Martell indoors, in the friendly confines of his grandmothers basement. Now Palmer Park Phil was one of the more collected individuals when enjoying what he called the "Spice of Life" aka the Martell.

Later on that day upon finishing his fine street-cognac ole Palmer Park Phil decided to join the world for some later night corner warmth. As he hit the street he noticed it was quite cold, and his shadow was malignantly shorter than on most nights, at this juncture Phil said to self "damn my shadow looks a lil funny, i could probablly piss my pants and not wet my money". "aw but who cares it will probablly stay so cold i will have iron my underwares". His shadow signified 5 more weeks of winter, and to this day February 2, we check with a weather-wide street person Palmer Park Phil, to find out if we will need our spring jackets or a scarf for the wintery chill.