I’ll be damn—there she was. I hadn’t seen Melissa since early spring and now its late summer. I was beginning to wonder if she had given up the business, but there she was on Madison Avenue here in Covington up to her old tricks. An old guy driving an old black Ford was there at a red light and Melissa got in his car. If she saw me, she acted like she didn’t. That’s how Melissa is sometimes and I’m going to say she’s moody.
Having lived in Downtown Covington for over two years now, I’ve made it my practice to come and know the prostitutes in the area. No, I’m not paying for their services—just interested in their way of life. You all know that already and those of you who read me in CityBeat know that too.
This summer, I’ve noticed that there seems to be even more prostitutes in the area and they all look too young and too blonde. They’re not as friendly or as down to earth as some of the older prostitutes I know. The new ones always want something—money or cigarettes. The older ones just want a hello. Maybe they’ve figured out they’re not going to get anything else out of me.
Pretty soon it will be fall and pretty soon that new Walgreen up around 12th and Madison will open. Will the prostitutes transfer their business to the new storefront or stay put in the old location where the bus stop is? I will, of course, keep you posted.
The City Commissioners in Covington, Kentucky read me here, in CityBeat and on Facebook. You all know that already too. Some of them would like me to broaden my horizons and write about the “nicer” aspects of the city. Well, hell—other people are already doing that. Besides, I live in Downtown Covington and what you see are dirty sidewalks, drug addicts and yes, prostitutes. No, the area isn’t all bad. I’m just trying to draw attention to some of the very real problems here.
If I run into Melissa again, I’ll let you know.
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