"We've often thought about doing a series on career changers for MUG – we're always hearing stories about the corporate lawyer who chucked it all to manufacture a better Bongo Board, or the former doorman who decided coding software was really his calling.
"Whether or not we do that series, have you heard the one about the punk rocker who became a window washer, and is now a memoirist, too?
"His name is Ivor Hanson and he's certainly got an unusual resume: A graduate of Vassar and Columbia J School for his masters, he also was in some serious punk bands: S.O.A, which was Henry Rollins' first band, Faith, and Embrace with Ian MacKaye.
"How he went from punk rocker to NYC window cleaner is chronicled is his new book LIFE ON THE LEDGE (Two Dollar Radio, $14). Mr. Hanson is a good storyteller and he has good stories to tell."
Also: for those good folks in New York City and Brooklyn, you can attend a reading that Ivor will be doing at a beautiful old waterfront bar called Sunny's in Red Hook this Sunday, December 3, at 3 pm.
How to get to Sunny's:
By bus: take the B61 toward Red Hook from Atlantic Ave. & Court St. (or from the A train midtrain exit at Jay Street Borough Hall). Get off near the end of the line at Van Brunt & Beard streets., walk 1 block right and 1/2 block left. Or take the B77 bus down 9th Street from Park Slope (or from the Smith and 9th Street F train stop--exit at the rear of the train and come down the stairs to street level and the corner bus stop.) Take the bus in the direction of Van Brunt Street and Red Hook.
If you're driving: From Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge and get off at the Court Street exit--then take a left on Cadman Plaza West, which will turn into Court St. Go about a mile, past Atlantic Avenue, and take a right on Sackett Street. Continue straight for five blocks, across the overpass over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and take a left on Van Brunt Street. Continue down almost to the end of Van Brunt (you'll see the waterfront up ahead) and take a right on Reed Street. Go one block and take a right on Conover Street--you'll see a big sign that says BAR. That's Sunny's.