Fat Paulie – who works as a super at a building on Gerard Avenue – can never decide how he feels about Halloween.
“I love the candy,” he admitted. “But I always eat too many of those little Snickers bars and get a gut ache. Then I swear not to make that mistake again.”
Fat Paulie made an even bigger mistake last year.
“I shoulda known better than to pour concrete on Halloween,” he said.
The sidewalk in front of his building was marked the next morning with: hand prints, initials, a “Joba Rules,” an “I love Derek Jeter,” and, of course, an “I (heart) Derek Jeter.”
“A little more concrete smoothed out most of that,” Fat Paulie said. “I left the Joba and Jeter stuff because I didn’t want the kids coming back and egging the windows.”
Fat Paulie knows the South Bronx.
“I started cleaning up and bagging trash at a building over on Jerome Avenue when I was a kid,” he explained. “They just called me Paulie back then, but that was a lot of Snickers bars ago.”
He patted his stomach and continued:
“I’m not pouring concrete this Halloween so the kids will probably paint something on the sidewalk. I’m betting on a big red heart with Derek Jeter in blue.
“That will be nice,” Fat Paulie went on. “Everyone knows how we feel about The Captain around here.”