And no you can’t look inside…
“Nuns on a Chain Gang,” a collection of “wacko stuff you never ever see” by local resident Alan Ripin is one man’s unusual take on things you don’t really think of or care about. Garlic flavored mouthwash, dyslexic air traffic controllers, a non-violent serial killer, are just a few of quips to be found inside the cover.
Mr. Ripin’s collection of offbeat things he’s wondered about number in the 100’s and many are laugh-out-loud funny. No ethnic group, religion or political party is spared from his acerbic wit. Much of these ponderings must come from his 30 plus years working in New York City government.
Many have seen this lovable curmudgeon stoically seated at McKinney & Doyle in the mornings, doling out his opinions and observances. Mr. Ripin’s wife, Christina M. Dunstan, did the illustrations for the book, which was self-published. Copies can be purchased at The Book Cove in Pawling, through amazon.com, or other booksellers. As Mr. Ripin says, “buy dozens, I need the $$$!” You can also read more of his droll commentary on his Facebook page.
Now retired, Mr. Ripin spends much of his time driving the chase vehicle for a local hot air balloon company. The Ripins and their dog, Fritz, live in Poughquag.
Rumor has it, a sequel is in the works!