At Jackie's Fifth Amendment. South of O'Connor's Jackie's & Smith's are the only old-school bars left on Fifth in the Slope. A quiet night, seated at the bar between a Riker's guard and a slumped, white-haired man who said nothing at all. Generous buy-backs, a lovely young bar-maid would-be journalist, the gravel-voiced cursing of the ladies at the end of the bar. "Tighten Up" on the jukebox. The work week barreling down to an end. A little kindness left in the world.