“There’s a time of the day when the sun’s going down, that’s the golden time of day. People let me tell you that the time in your life, when you find who you are, that’s the golden time of day” Frankie Beverly

The crowd under Pier 6’s tent swelled to over 5,000 “happy people.” The boats “cruisin’” along the pier under the “harbor lights” and the people “bustin’ loose” on Piers 5 and 7 on the water’s edge, created the perfect backdrop for Frankie Beverly’s performance on a warm sultry “summertime” evening.

“Something you got baby” Frankie continues to generate “happy feelings” to standing room only crowds. “We are one” The crowd jumped to their feet dancing and singing with Frankie on every song, sometimes over singing Frankie.

We “can’t get over you” there’s a certain group you’ll see at every Frankie Beverly concert during “that golden time of day” like Gwen & Thurman Pinder, Dr. Michele & Derek Gourdine, Ralph Askins, Cynthia Jackson, Betsy Gardner, Randy & Mary Abrams, Sheila Dixon, Jerry Stamper, Edward Anthony and Dr. Charlene Cooper Boston.

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Who let the dogs out” The nation’s capital was a sea of purple and gold as the brothers of Omega Psi Phi celebrated their 100th anniversary. Omega man Michel Daly, former owner of the Zanzibar invited us to party like it was “1999” at Ibiza on First Street with Omega men, Tom Joyner and Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal. We arrived in the sweltering heat for the start of the roof- top jazz happy hour. Club bouncer Steve escorted us for the evening as we travelled the different levels “dancing to the music.” The Omega men were definitely gentlemen, assisting the ladies in maneuvering the low sofas designed for the young and not the young at heart.

“One in a million” They said the crowd would swell to 5,000; I’m thinking “aint no way.” As the 4,999 person entered and a 1,000 more waited patiently outside, we left. As we exited through the crowd, one of the men waiting asked how it was. I responded “worth the wait” as the crowd cheered.

Congratulations to all Omega men, especially a few of my friends, General Kip Ward, my son-in-law Ltc. Gregory Packer, Dr. Billy Davis, Dr. Eugene Byrd, John Berkley, Karl Knight, Dr. Donald Atkinson and John Stanley for celebrating their centennial in grand style.

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that” Wolfgang von Goethe

Lenny Clay, owner of House of Natural is not the curmudgeon we think, as demonstrated during the recent death of Del. Ruth Kirk. Lenny knew that people throughout the state of Maryland would pay their last respects to Ruth at Morning Star Baptist Church on Fayette Street and he wanted the neighborhood to shine.

“He who does not think too much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines” Wolfgang von Goethe

Lenny’s one of the most respected men in the city and it showed, when he rallied the neighbors to clean the streets and stay off the corners during the two-day home-going celebration. For fifty years, Lenny’s barbershop has been on the corner of Fayette & Carrollton where he gives solicited and unsolicited advice to Baltimoreans and elected officials.

“I think the lessons I learned growing up in the streets in the Bronx were never tip your hand too soon. Always keep your cards close to the vest.” Chazz Palmieteri

What a surprise while we were dining at Harbor East’s newest restaurant, standing at the bar was “Bronx’s Tale” writer and star Chazz. It was one of those “AHA” moments as slowly it dawned on me that the man next to us was Chazz the owner talking to Chef Sergio Vitale. We were at the U shaped bar when the manager came over and asked if we would like to meet Chazz, who invited us to sit down and have dessert with him and Sergio. We passed on the dessert but did sit down for an enchanting conversation listening to Chazz’s experiences in writing the Bronx Tale and his friendship with Robert DeNiro. If DeNiro had been there, I would have fainted.

“Good Morning Heartache” The death of Officer Cecil Grady at age 59 shook the Social Security family. Each morning Grady greeted the employees at SSA with a smile and a song for more than thirty years. When you saw Grady in the morning, you knew it would be “a lovely day.” Grady “we hope you dance” and sing in your heavenly home.

“Like a bridge over troubled waters” is my bridge game but I continue to take lessons with Regena Edwards. If you want to finesse your technique call Regina at 410-733-2817 to sign up for Bridge Basic 2 competitive bidding class in September.

“Before I let go” this is “what’s going on”

Saturday August 27, the Black & White Affair at Knights of Columbus featuring Panama Band and the Rollex Band call 443- 473-8977 for tickets.

August 28, Carlos Hutchins, is taking his jazz production to historic Cambridge Maryland, for bus and ticket information call 443-691-0226.

August 18 is Best of Baltimore; contact the Hippodrome for information.

August 14 -21 Tax Free week.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch