2. A potentially life changing event

Keke Juchtleer immediately fell in love with Manhattan, but due to budgetary restrictions she had to move to Brooklyn fairly soon. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In Manhattan she stayed at the Jane Hotel, a tip from a collegue at Holland's leading feminist publication. When she opened the door of her 'cabin', still high from the feeling of being in New York, The Center of The World, Crossroads of the Universe, etc, etc, for the first time, she was shocked by the size of the room where her American Dream was to be fulfilled. It was the size of a midget's shoe box and it smelled of cigarettes and detergent. When she arrived, two days later, in the NU Brooklyn Hotel, conveniently located across from the local penitentiary, she missed the city already, even if not her shoebox and its odor, but when she asked for a nice place to go for a walk, the friendly person at the hotel reception directed her to Prospect Park, and the whole world lighted up. In this park, that she didn't even know existed, she stumbled upon something she immediately recognized as a potentially life changing event: Drummer's Grove. Fifty, mostly black people were drumming on congas and bongas and claves and steeldrums and what have you like there was no tomorrow. Keke accepted the invitation. She felt home. Finally. Waken up by the improvised, syncopated beats, every part of her body wanted to let go, let go of all inhibitions, al burden, all shame. One could call it dancing, but it was no dancing what Keke did. It was more like having sex with each and every drummer that laid eyes on her.

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