A couple of weeks ago, as my wife was cruising Facebook, she asked if I knew a guy named Bobby B; he died. Yes, I have a funny memory including Bobby. Continue reading
The year was 1976. Kim and I were both 18 and had not long ago, stood together atop the Eiffel Tower, (the fake one at King’s Island), looking outward, wondering what life held for us. My first car was an old ’67 Pontiac Bonneville that, (under the supervision of my stepfather), I installed my own timing chain. The Bonneville was a heavy duty luxury tank discarded by the military for its low gas mileage. It weighed five million pounds and would go anywhere in the snow when even the snow-clearing vehicles were sidelined. A gas guzzling tank however, that car helped me to learn a few of the basic maintenance tasks occasionally needed to keep them running. Continue reading
We’ve all committed sins, done many things for which we are not proud, some for which we still feel guilt and others we do not. We walk around with secrets that we try to bury within ourselves, act like they never really happened. No one really suspects we’ve done these wrongs to ourselves and others, but we know, don’t we.
I am currently wearing a bandage and tape on my left thumb. Apparently, I am incapable of understanding that metal with sharp edges is very capable of clicking right through human skin. Continue reading
We have a serious water shortage in California due to a several year drought. Every now and again though, I get a craving for a long, hot shower. Our bathroom is the furthest point from our hot water heater so to help save water, we keep two five-gallon buckets in the shower. They catch all the cold water before the shower gets hot and then we use that water to either water the outdoor plants or dump into the swimming pool. To help even more, when the water turns hot, I like to dial the spray so that it’s more widespread, thin streamed. This way if I want to take a long shower, I use much less water.
I assume many people grew up with hot showers and so they therefore take them for granted. I was not one of these people so it’s hard for me not to consider myself very lucky when I step into that hot water stream. If I turn around with my back to the water, I see to my right a small window that provides a nice view of the neighborhood below. Directly ahead, I see my sink and usually my cat Bandit has her head bent down underneath the faucet, lapping up the slow stream of water that I provided for her. Continue reading
It’s time for another Kim Saga story, (or as she’s known here, her alias name Sheila). When we left off in the last story, it was the Fall of 1975. There was much more action in the summer, fall and winter of that year. This chapter is mostly the Fall and Winter, late 75. What is it about hormones that drives teenagers nuts, (or adults for that matter). Oh, by the way, if Sheila’s mom has stumbled onto this story, leave. Go watch a video on Facebook, one featuring cute kittens or something like that. This story shouldn’t be read by parents. Gone now? Ok, where was I? Continue reading