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 →
I’m 30,000 feet above the Earth as I’m beginning this week’s story, on my way home to Sacramento. My visit was a quick-in, quick-out trip to help celebrate the 80th birthday for my wife’s mom. Although it was a quick visit, it was a productive visit, a lot was accomplished.
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 →
I’ve written a few stories that mentioned our local west side Hamiltucky skating rink. The stories mentioning early interactions with my wife and with my then best friend Terry represent important memories for me. If I’m comparing to today’s teens, for a lot of us high schoolers, the skating rink was our ‘mall’. It was THE place for social interaction, whether it be friendship, love or a number of any other dramas. Friday and Saturday nights had to be spent at the rink if you wanted to get away from the boring adults and wanted to be a part of that weekend’s kid drama.
Kleptomania, I think it’s genetic. Let me explain.
I got to meet my wife’s grandma for the first time I think when I was 18. They called her Brown Mom because she was always tanned, (like my wife). She lived in California and was relatively well to do. Know how I know? Because she used to give each of her grand-kids a hundred dollar bill for Christmas. That’s like $400 today! My first exposure to the Christmas gift was without grandma. We were dating and I happened to be over at Kim’s house a day or two before Christmas when the kids were all opening up the gift envelopes. Uh-oh, “only” $50 this year! You would have thought someone had died. All the kids were whining and looking for explanation, everyone but my girlfriend. Continue reading →