Lee Hancock's recent series in The Dallas Morning News, "Mary Ellen's Will," introduced us to Mark McCay. He is a partner in a used furniture store in Deep Ellum called Deco-Dence who went to an old lady's death bed in order to convince her to sign a new will cutting him and his partner into her estate.
I take no position on the propriety of getting old ladies on their death beds to put their John Hancocks on new wills that cut acquaintances into their estates. I imagine it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.
I just want to point out that the Dallas Observer first made McCay famous in former staff writer Paul Kix's wonderful story about a river of doo-doo that flows beneath the Deep Ellum district, "Up the Crick." In a description right out of Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee's lyrical movie about nature, Kix wrote:
Mark McCay is on his belly, crawling. He's beneath Deco-Dence, with its posh furniture, its big bands on the stereo, its expensive artwork. McCay talks as he creeps. "Sometimes, you get a whiff of it, and it's just like, 'Whoa,'" he says.
Paul went on from there. On and on and on.
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Made me think that the horrors of the death bed were probably nuthin' to this guy. --Jim Schutze