Harry, I Never Knew You . . .

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Real Estate Agent with Premier Florida Realty of SWFL

I never knew who Harry was, but it didn't matter one bit.  Harry's is, or more accurately today, was a bar, tucked away on Main Street in Hyannis, Massachusetts.  Down Cape Cod Way.  Harry's was my favorite bar on earth. When I was 27 or so and going through a "young life" crisis after breaking off a long engagement, I left work on a Friday and on a whim drove down to Hyannis from my place in the North Shore area of Massachusetts, about a two hour drive.  I checked into a small motel on Main Street that Friday evening and slept.  Saturday I spent walking about the town(a quieter and quainter place than it is today) and the beach and on Saturday evening, thinking that a drink would do me good, I strolled into Harry's.  They played albums all the way through on the sound system then when a Blues or Jazz band wasn't playing on the small stage.  They loved Sting, apparently, for he always seemed to singing whenever I stepped over the seashell walk and opened the door.  For the next two years, I drove down to Hyannis on average two weekends a month.  I couldn't wait to get out of work on Friday and begin the drive.  I couldn't wait to walk over that seashell walk and be at Harry's  I started to make friends in Hyannis.  I dated men in Hyannis. I even considered moving to Hyannis.  I even began a "flirtation" with one of the then owners of Harry's, Eddie.  He was hot.  Then, one weekend, the weekend I planned to meet Eddie after Harry's closed for the evening, my boss on the home turf had an emergency hearing to deal with on Monday and requested that I work that Saturday.  I couldn't go to Hyannis that weekend. Disappointed, I yet agreed to work and instead of Harry's, I made plans to meet a girlfriend at a local restaurant/pub,  Seven Central in Manchester By Sea, Massachusetts. While I was ordering a drink, a man bumped into me.  I was not in the best mood, as I was dreaming of Harry and Hyannis and Eddie, so I gave him a pointedly dirty look and turned away.  The man took a seat beside me and presented me with a most charming smile in return.  That man was Lloyd Nichols . .  . my husband.

 

This past weekend, Harry closed his door.  So, goodbye, Harry, and thanks for the two "funest" years of my "single" life.  I drink to you tonight.  To the salad days.

The news story:  http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100907/NEWS/9070316

 

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Mike Warfel
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Cute story - thanks

Sep 07, 2010 10:59 AM #1
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Jennifer Gill

i am very sad to hear that Harry's has closed - your story puts a smile on my face, as my oldest brother had the same effect on so many people - it is amazing how i can be skiing pretty much anywhere on the planet and inevitably i come across someone that not only knows him - but also has a fantastic story about him - he was like no one else i have ever met - he was like superman to me - i miss him so so very much!!!

Sep 07, 2010 02:29 PM #2
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Karen Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Beach Realtor - Ft. Myers

Jennifer, are you talking about Eddie?  Is he gone?

Sep 07, 2010 02:38 PM #3
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Jennifer Gill

Unfortunately, yes - Ed lost his battle with throat cancer on June 18, 2007 - we miss him very much, but he is still very much alive in our hearts - we run in Orleans every year the last weekend in September for his birthday - i was blessed with my second son the september after he passed, Edward Gill Mahood - we were up on the beach in Massachusetts just last week and our kids enjoyed hunting for rocks, which was a passion of his - i will email you directly - thanks for your story!

Sep 08, 2010 02:46 AM #4
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