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With little money and dwindling hope, she boarded a bus that took her to Bakersfield, and she began asking people if 48 Maya Angelou they had seen a woman matching Big Mary’s description. It was a long shot, however, because she did not have a last name or a description of Mary’s brother. Found at Last Angelou did recall that although Big Mary did not drink often, one day a month she would go to a bar. ) Mary would walk to a bar and drink three bourbons from a large coffee cup. Angelou began going to all of the black bars in Bakersfield asking if they had seen such a woman.
54 Maya Angelou The job allowed her the freedom of not having to work a second job, and thus she was able to spend evenings with Clyde. Life became much more manageable for the young mother and her son. ”39 Marriage While working at the record store, Angelou got to be friendly with a customer—a Greek sailor-turned-electrician named Tosh Angelos. He loved music as much as she did, especially jazz. When he and Angelou began dating, she was thrilled to see how well he got along with Clyde. But as her interest in Angelos increased, so did her mother’s disapproval.
Losing Bailey As it turned out, Mother’s condition was not life threatening. But Eunice, Bailey’s wife, was in the hospital at the same time with double pneumonia. Her condition deteriorated, and she died just Out on Her Own 47 before Angelou arrived—the day of her and Bailey’s first anniversary. Understandably, Bailey was grief stricken. But Angelou was even more concerned about her brother’s apparent growing dependence on drugs, especially heroin. He had gone from being a happy person to being cynical and temperamental.