Tenant – Easy Cool

Easy Cool

Born in New York City
San Francisco resident for 40 years

Easy CoolMy name is E.C. The “E” stands for Easy and the “C” stands for Cool. I am a great poet, and I also write songs. I live in a DISH hotel, and I’ve been here some 20 years now. It’s been good, and I love life. I sell my songs on the corner and yeah, I get good money for it. I got the gift of gab, see the way I am continuously talking so much, keeping your attention?! I grew up poor in the Bronx. We were from Puerto Rico. When I was a kid, I was hungry. We were so poor that my mother couldn’t even buy me a pair of shoes. I had to wear rain boots to go to school. My mother was sick all the time, and she couldn’t take care of us. So I was put in a Catholic home in upstate New York for 5 years, and yeah, I learned a lot. I wanted to be an altar boy. The father told me to come every Friday and I went. He had ten blackboards of Latin prayers! In six months, I learned it. He made me the top altar boy. He took great pride in me. I came out here because my uncle lived in San Francisco and he was a merchant seaman. I became a seaman and I’ve been all over the world. You ever heard of that movie, “The Girl In Every Port”? I was young and loving girls in every port! Wow, that was fun. When I was 55, I lost my job in the Union, and my wife threw me out like a bum. Now I’m broke! And now I gotta go to the corner and sell my songs.