Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Elvis the Drug Dealer

Not having much time today, I'm dredging up one of the posts I wrote a few months ago but never got around to posting. I wrote this a while back and it doesn't really make sense being on my blog (it doesn't get any more off-topic than this) but here it is anyway. Got a whole bunch more of them for rainy days...

Off Topic: Elvis the Drug Dealer (Strange Stories from Yesteryear)

I enjoyed writing my Fleeing Manila story...till I started receiving threatening comments from Philipino bloggers who were about to target the Muqata in retaliation for some of the less than complimentary observations I mentioned about their beloved country. Till the crisis dies down I have shelved the Feeling Manila series.

Inspired by Jack's ongoing conversation with a Nigerian Spammer, I started recalling many of the strange stories I was involved with when I studied at Yeshiva College.

For your reading enjoyment, I present today's installment:

Elvis the Drug Dealer

Ah, the 80's.

As a proud member of Generation-X, the 80's were decent years to be in high school, college, Israel...wherever. The strange 70's plaid clothing my parents dressed me disappeared, and normal looking apparel took their place. I loved the music from the 80's...

After Yeshiva in Israel I returned to Yeshiva College to the Muss Hall dorm. Getting a phone was essential in those days; mobile phones didn't really exist. Payphones were lame. Everyone had to have a phone in their room...well, the guys had one phone for both of them, while at Stern, every girl needed at least one. This way, if they wanted to get someone off the phone, they would call their own line from the other phone and say, "Ooops, got a call waiting, have to go...bye!" No one ever did that to me, though.

My roomate let me deal with ordering the phone since:

  1. I was the primary phone user
  2. Most of the calls were for me
  3. He let me worry about phone payment

So, first week of the Fall semester I took care of getting us a phone line.

Since I had a lot of cool, older friends (which is where I met Trep), they would give me whatever gadgets they outgrew or broke, and I would promptly take them apart and fix them. This way, I had a cool phone, answering machine, stereo, keyboard, and other fun things in my dorm room. My roomate and I made up some ridiculous message for the answering machine, and got on with college life.

Little did we anticipate what our phone line had in store for us.

Arriving back at our dorm the first evening we had our phone, there was a curious message waiting for us on the answering machine.

Elvis, Hey Man, where you been?

We're been trying to get in touch with you for 2 days already!

Where can we meet to buy some stuff? You know, the good white stuff you sold us last week?

Call me back -- Jack, 718-555-1212."

OK, that was weird. We assumed that Jack had the wrong number and would figure it out soon enough.

That night, after eating dinner somewhere and coming back from maariv, we found another message on the machine.

Elvis dude! Yoohoo! Where are you?!

We have this pah-ty going on in the village and it just aint the same without some dope.

Call me back dear, need you now!


This was starting to get annoying. I called the NYPD and told them I had these numbers of people looking for a drug dealer named Elvis...and they just laughed me off. I guess there was much more serious police work to be done in Washington Heights.

Next call came that night around 2:00 AM....and I answered the phone.

Jameel: Hello?

Caller: Yo Elvis! I need you tonight!

Jameel: (yawning) What exactly do you need tonight?

Caller: Joints.

Jameel: Fine. Meet you at the corner of 121th and Amsterdam in an hour.

Caller: See you there.


I promptly went back to sleep...and forgot about it. What's strange is that the caller didn't call me back, so he must have either found someone to sell him what he wanted at 121th and Amsterdam or got arrested on the way there.

Over the next few days my room mate and I would agree to meet drug users all over Manhattan, made up addresses, and ignored it all.

In hindsight, this wasn't the smartest stunt I ever pulled, but these were the days before the internet, caller-id, and easy ways to figure out who you were calling or who was calling you. There were no google satellite imaging maps either.

About a week later, we got a bad phone call.

Jameel: Hi. Who's this?

Caller: This is Reuben.

Jameel: And?

Caller: I hear you sell stuff.

Jameel: (sighing) what do you want?

Caller: So, you're Elvis?

Jameel: Yeah...Elvis the King.

Caller: That's impossible! You can't be Elvis. Elvis is doing time and was put in the slammer 3 weeks ago! Who the hell are you?

Jameel (adrenaline shooting throughout my body): No way, I'm Elvis!

Caller: Yeah, Let me put his woman on the phone!

(woman gets on the phone) So, you think you're Elvis? No way man, you are not Elvis!

Jameel: You must be mistaken...I'm the real Elvis.

Caller: Yeah, well how is it that I saw you in jail yesterday and now I'm on the phone with you?

Jameel: Er, I broke out?

Caller: That's it man...we're shutting you down.


And then we never heard from drug users again.

Till one night about a month later...2 rings..."Hi, we have a collect call for you from the Dominican Republic from Elvis".

(me, half asleep)...sure.

Elvis: Who are you? I hear you been messing with my woman and selling stuff to all my customers!!


So what's the moral of the story? I'll have to think one up.

Wherever I am, drug dealers still manage to find my blog.


Shtender said...

I am completely shocked that the muqata would fold so easily to Phillipino terroristic threats.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Shtender: If you had read the story you may have thought differently ;-)

Anonymous said...

Jameel! You are so dead!

You killed my soon as I get on over to Ramalla, you're a dead man.

westbankmama said...

Sooo, this isn't the first time you are using an assumed name...

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

WBM: the time, it sort of fell into my lap. I had to work hard to come with a ridiculous name like "Jameel @ The Muqata."

Though...I could change it to "Jack @ The Shomron CTU"

Shtender said...

Shtender: If you had read the story you may have thought differently ;-)

I did. :)
'Twas meant in jest.

Mother Effingby said...

Good grief that was funny, Jameel. I have similar experiences with drug the apartment below ours. When my kids were toddlers, we moved into a very quiet, nice neighborhood. We had the apartment upstairs in a two-apartment house. The people downstairs had not yet moved in. When they did, our neighborhood became a noisy hub of drug dealing. I mean, these guys were deaing EVERYTHING, and my kids could no longer go out to play, because of the urine, the needles and broken glass. Everytime we called the cops, they managed to leave just before they arrived. It was also very violent. Most of the neighbors are very old, 70 years and up, and nothing we tried got these people to leave...until, one summer afternoon, while the dealers were sleeping in, with their bedroom windows open, I happened to be out at the same time the old man next door was out, and I said, "Did you know that the FBI has rented the house across the street, and that they are watching the apartment below mine?"
Well, he had no idea, because I'd just made it up. I STRICTLY told him NOT to tell anyone, but his wife, you know, she gossips, and within 2 days, the creeps downstairs moved out....rather suddenly. I sometimes got addicts coming over afterwards desperate for their fix, thinking I was the dealer from downstairs, in fact, one poor guy nearly died in my dining room. I was able to revive him with a glass of water and kick him out, so he probably died somewhere else.

Mother Effingby said...

PS, Dude, I see you posting at Discarded Lies. Don't be put off by the "humor", such as it is, the folks there are the greatest. Think of DL not as a blog, but sort of a Blog Refugee Camp. I can't think of any other site like DL. Everyone contributes. Lurk around a bit. You'll fit in just fine. I discovered your blog by reading your comments. I will add your uniqueness to my own, now, resistance is futile. You will be linked.

Scraps said...

That was...different. :-P

StepIma said...

I think the important question is whether you're skinny red-jacket Elvis or fat, sequin-jumpsuit Elvis...

Toto said...

FUNNY...........VERY FUNNY!!! Reminds me of the time in middle school when SOMEHOW (I really don't remember how), my friends and I dialed a wrong number and got this guy's very cool answering machine message. We left a message, and daily for who knows how long, left messages telling this guy made up problems as if he was our shrink! We thought we were sooooo funny! Thank goodness there weren't any callerID systems back then! :) thanks for sparking the memory!


Jack Steiner said...

Jack is a fine name, don't go and soil it. ;)

Since I had a lot of cool, older friends (which is where I met Trep)

Are you trying to call him old. ;)

Emoticons just say so much.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Jauhara: Thanks...still getting my feet wet over there.

Scraps: Different good or "stay far, far away" different?

StepIma: Obivously fat, sequin-jumpsuit Elvis... Well...maybe not fat, but definitely jumpsuited in white. Much more drug dealerish. (And goes much nicer with my pink cadillac)

Emah: Middle School, eh? I guess you grew out of it earlier than I did...since this was *college* :)

Jack: Old...Older than me...basically the same thing. I'm still young. As for Trep...see what he has to say. (And I'll try to avoid saying the J-ck name in vain next time)

bec said...

okay, i almost fell out of my chair laughing at your post. (clearly, i don't get out much.)

DTC said...

Definitely the skinny jacket guy - and he might even sing better also.

Anonymous said...

As a resident of the Heights---hysterical!

Anonymous said...

and totally relate-able :)

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

So Jameel is big pimpin'... interesting...

In college, my brother and his roommate had a problem with telemarketers calling them.

Once a telemarketer called for my brother, and his roommate said "you didn't hear? he was in a car accident. he's in the hospital now."

About a week later, same exact telemarketer calls back, looking for my brother.

Roommate says: "oh, i'm sorry... he passed away."

Telemarketer never called back ;-) .

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Steg: Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry asks the Telemarketer for his phone number, so he can call THEM back at THEIR home when its convenient for him to talk on the phone.

Ayelet said...

Ha! After reading this (hilarious) story last night, I woke up this morning to an interesting junk email in my inbox. The subject line: Elvis VISA card! No joke. A little creepy how the advertisers can tell what you've been reading.

Just Passing Through said...

Great stuff Jameel.

the sabra said...

oof steg, you shouldn't joke like that

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

the sabra:

read the story again, i wasn't involved.

FrumGirl said...

You really lived it up eh, lol loved this story!

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