by Ryan Quinn Flanagan Old Jackie used to spend a long time getting ready. He could not escape the athlete in him and felt the need to warm up and replenish his body before his next speed induced writing marathon. Old Jackie would sleep for days on end and eat healthy and drink mineral water until the colour returned to his skin, and then he would sit down to the typer and make the switch. No sleep no food no water (mineral or otherwise); nothing but black coffee and bennies for the next 24-36 hours. And those words, oh yes, those old America honeysuckle riptide warble raving words.