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Video: To Be Young, Dumb And Drunk At The Intersection Of Belmont And Harlem

By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 7, 2014 4:40PM

Here's one from the "I remember my first beer" files. Back in high school my friends and I would spend nights walking up and down Harlem Avenue in our Metallica and Iron Maiden t-shirts, corduroys and genuine suede uppers listening to our latest purchases from Rolling Stones Records in Norridge and being insulted by guidos in Camaro Berlinettas and Pontiac Fieros near the White Castle at Harlem and Belmont.

Occasionally we would run into folks like Wackin Wonk, a self-styled "rhymebuster," who had a little too much to drink, wanted to bum cigarettes and know if we had any intel on a nearby basement party. The only difference is that there weren't any smartphones when I was in high school.

Thanks for this video, Wackin Wonk. It's nice to see some things in Chicago never change. (Discretion advised for language and casual racism.)