Buddy Damen slept on my sofa

22 January 2019

To whom it might be interesting,

I was cleaning out an old dresser when I came across an unopened letter addressed to “Buddy Damen”, no return address. I looked him up on the internet and found you guys. I hadn’t thought about this guy in years – he slept on my couch for a few months. He used the bottom drawer of this dresser to hold his few bits of clothing. Sure seems like the same guy.

That was my address, alright.

He went out every day with his guitar and a grubby folder of papers. We became buddies over beers on his dead nights. Really great guy.

One morning he up and left before I woke up. A small bit of him remained: he left me his dirty socks and took a pair of my clean ones! I took offense at first, but I guess he was in a hurry and that’s what friends are for, of course. Now I remember that this letter was another thing he left. If I had to guess, this letter was the reason for his sudden departure. I don’t read other people’s mail, so here it sits unopened to this day. If anybody claims it I’ll send it along.

-Elmer Goods, LA

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