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Consequently, as Perry recalled, “Iwas always thinking
about Dad, hoping he could come take me away, and I
remember, like a second ago, the time I saw him again.
Standing in the schoolyard. It was like when the ball hits the
bat really solid. Di Maggio. Only Dad wouldn’t help me.
Told me to be good and hugged me and went away. It was
not long afterward my mother put me to stay in a Catholic
orphanage. The one where the Black Widows were always
at me. Hitting me. Because of wetting the bed. Which is
one reason I have an aversion to nuns. And God. And
religion. But later on I found there are people even more
evil. Because, after a couple of months, they tossed me out
of the orphanage, and she [his mother] put me some place
worse. A children’s shelter operated by the Salvation Army.
They hated me, too. For wetting the bed. And being halfIndian.
There was this one nurse, she used to call me
‘'n-word'’ and say there wasn’t any difference between
'n-word's and Indians. Oh, Jesus, was she an Evil Bastard!
Incarnate. What she used to do, she’d fill a tub with ice-cold
water, put me in it, and hold me under till Iwas blue. Nearly
drowned. But she got found out, the bitch. Because I caught
pneumonia. I almost conked. I was in the hospital two