Living in LA

Where’s my buddie, Clete Purcel?

Being as that I am working my way through the Dave Robicheaux books by James Lee Burke and the fact that I recently visited my son who lives in Louisiana, I thought perhaps it’s time I try to write about the wonderful five years we lived in that state. MORE

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High School is Over…..So Are the Headaches

Yeah…I’m gonna’ need those TPS reports

That’s right, I said it.   At least for me, there was no stress like high school stress.  Does anyone really need to write a story to explain that?  Umm…not really….but I’m going to anyway.  After all, I just celebrated my 53rd ‘free year’ since surviving getting hit by a school bus, so why not.

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Meet the Enforcer – Getting Swats in School

Yup, looked quite a bit like this!

It’s happened – I’m officially old.  Why do I say this, you may ask?  Because I’ve turned into one of the people I used to think was old when they said things like, ‘the good old days’ or ‘things were better then’.  Well….other than 1968…..maybe they were…
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My Stepfather Joe

 

                     He usually was smiling

Joe was my stepfather, but he was so much more to me than just a substitute dad for when my biological dad wasn’t around.  How does one go about writing a tribute story about someone they loved?  I guess it’s by sharing my favorite memories of that person.  This one is about my stepfather – Joe. Continue reading

Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

 

Breakfast of Champs?

 

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day; so said Lenna Cooper in 1917.  Since then though, that slogan’s been hijacked by the likes of Cap’n Crunch and Fruit Loops.  I will say though that when I was raising my boys, breakfast was the ‘most memorable’ meal of the day.  Continue reading

Taco Bell – Where People Go to Grow

 

        Ours looked just like this one

 

My very first real job was for Taco Bell.  I started as a regular hourly worker and was eventually ‘fired’ (link) while serving as the second youngest Store Manager in the country.  I’ve already written a few Taco Bell related stories but there are so many additional memories from that time of my life.  I’m not sure where this story will go but I wanted to see if I could jot the rest of them down and hope they fit together somehow.
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On the Edge of Sanity….(almost) – #3

The Art Department has been extremely busy this summer…….GOLFING!  As I was taxiing her to the airport this morning, (as I am writing this), she texted to me several pictures to choose from for this next cartoon episode of my insanity.  I got this idea one day as I was scooping a bee out of our swimming pool, hoping to save the little fellow.  It was right around the time of Earth Day on our calendar.  My mind just sort of began wandering – ‘helping the bees, saving the bees, help me bee, help me old bee….’  And that’s when it hit me  – Obi Wan, Old Bee Juan, an Old Bee named Juan Keno-Bee.  We hope you enjoy.  I call this:

 

Save the Bees – Our Only Hope

 

 

Help us Old Bee Juan Keno-Bee. You’re Our Only Hope!

Ever Eat a Pine Cone? Many Parts are Edible

Ever eat a Pine Cone?

 

I don’t know what it is about my metabolism but I don’t typically feel hunger pangs, at least not on any type of normal schedule for people who have access to food whenever they want.  Oh, don’t get me wrong. I can definitely put away the food.     Continue reading