I thought you were 70 years old?!? In the other story you were 70, the one where you worked out to blow yourself....and in the beating story you said it was in the '50s- which would make you at least 60, but you were going to school, so probably closer to 70.
Is the age thing a device? Just wondering, because in this you are in your 50's. That's when Bukowski got discovered.