Welcome, Tahe Love, full of sass, crass, and class.
That’s me, chica.
I hear you once met Nikola Tesla, can you tell us about that?
It was brief. He shook my hand and looked me in the eyes. The intellect and general good in him astonished me. I’d probably have bent over for him there if he’d asked me to, even though I wasn’t into the mustache.
Sorry, sista. I tell it how it is.
I heard you dabbled in magic. Can you tell me about your time as a magician’s assistant?
I loved magic and sleight of hand. There was this young bloke, charming as shit, good at misdirection, and good with his hands. I saw him perform on the street one night and took him to an alley for a little nibble. Impressed him when I stole the cash he’d made from the show right out of his pocket. So we did a lot of disappearing assistant acts. Didn’t get anywhere, and his obsession got dark, confinement and danger, and I ain’t gonna watch a good man descend like that. Watch him kill himself. No thanks.
Which trick was your favorite?
He taught me how to fling cards, which he’d cut with his double-sided dagger. We got some speed on that trick. Got noticed for it, too. That’s when shit went wrong.
I also heard that you’re a bit of a car nut.
I love what industry has done to them, well before all of the electronic controls. The ignition system though in the early 1900s, those were brilliant because the hand cranks were monsters. But people don’t know their cars now, all those automatic regulators get in the way. I enjoyed getting to know my car, its quirks, its parts, its language.
What was the first car you stole?
A Cadillac Roadster Type 61 in 1922.
Can you tell me about how you and Julia met?
I was hanging out at a biker bar, cheating a few big guys at pool and hitting on their ladies. I felt her watching me, and when she challenged me to a game, I let her take the first shot, and she swept the game. Cost me five hundred dollars and a round of beers. Worth every penny.
What can you tell us about Julia?
She was a rare kind of human. Ain’t a lot of them out there that have such open minds, that don’t judge or react out of fear. That made her a hell of a lot of fun to pull shit with. Besides, she had an imagination, especially in bed. I’m a dog without a bone, if you catch me.
Figured you would.
What was it like to have a man as a mentor?
I think that’s a story for another time, sweet cakes.
Thanks for spending some time with me, Tahe.
You got it. Anytime.
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