At an age when most kids are just getting rid of the training wheels on their bicycle, Ray Shasho entered into a crazy world of secret lingo and bullying sales tactics at the Chin Lung Art Gallery, his father’s retail store on the corner of Thirteenth and F Street in Washington, DC. Check the Gs is the true story of how this bizarre family business changed his world forever.
Raised by a Cuban Catholic mother and Syrian Jewish father, Shasho made his first sale at the age of six and never looked back. Life in the family business, and in the Shasho family, was never boring. From FBI interrogations to angry mobs, each new day at the Chin Lung Art Gallery brought with it new adventures.
Check the Gs tells a story for everyone who is proud of their family and heritage but not afraid to laugh at its many eccentricities, and for anyone who has ever worked in retail and experienced its humorous situations and misadventures.
“Someone always wanted to rain on my parade because their life sucked.” says author Ray Shasho. “I attended the school of hard knocks and learned to check the Gs,” After deejaying at several popular radio stations Ray Shasho worked for four of the largest financial institutions in the world during a thirteen-year banking career. The avid writer currently lives in Bradenton, Florida, and pens a classic rock music column for Examiner.com. Ray especially enjoys in-depth interviews with notable rock celebrities. His articles are featured on recording artist’s websites worldwide. His website is http://www.rayshasho.com.
“I found Check the Gs to be pure entertainment, fantastic fun and a catalyst to igniting so many memories of my own life, as I too am within a few years of Ray. So to all, I say if you have a bit of grey hair (or no hair), buy this book! It’
“Normalcy is a myth and anyone who tells you differently isn't very normal. Check the Gs is a memoir from Ray Shasho who tells of his own offbeat upbringing working in the family business art gallery, from a young age. Of Cuban and Syrian descent, he tells a very American story of coming from everything, seeing everything, walking the line of the law and much more. A fun and fast paced memoir, Check the Gs is a worthwhile addition to many a memoir collection.”--
Check the Gs in eBook format, ISBN 978-1-4502-9859-
Printed editions of the 288 page book, published by iUniverse.com on March 17, 2011, are available at (paperback ISBN 978-1-4502-9860-
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