Spitball Army

Somewhere in America, there’s a street named after my Dad.

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81/18

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Mother is 81 today; her grandson’s 18 Friday. I suggested they swap their nearly identical ages. She liked that idea; he wouldn’t.

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Postcard: Pio Pico Mansion

November 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Card is titled: “Patio of Pio Pico Mansion, Whittier, California.”

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On Rollators

June 12th, 2012 · No Comments

We sit in Mom’s open garage on rollators, like old folks. Deaf Guy across the street belches periodically; we laugh, then wait.

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Cokies

April 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

My Dad taught me: The best part of drinking bottled Coke is the tiny cokie particles collected in the bottom, making the last swig the best.

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In His Former Skin

March 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

Wearing my late father’s t-shirt: comfortable, soft, not at all like his sun-leathered skin. His smell has been washed out of it.

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Bath Breath

February 10th, 2012 · No Comments

My Gramma used to bathe her poodle in Listerine. #mygrandmaiscool #andeccentric

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Fred FM playlist: 8 May 2011 “Mother’s Day”

May 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Approximate playing time: 79 minutes.

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Grandmothery Aromas

March 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Granny’s kitchen smells of hot, fried bean empanadas. The dominant scent at Gramma’s: the Listerine with which she bathes her dog.

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Bogart Generations

January 11th, 2011 · No Comments

I. Great Uncle did stunts in silents and shot a man in a cowboy one-reeler, then vanished to the hills like Roy Earle in High Sierra. II. His nephew, my father, could quote all of Fred C. Dobbs’ lines and shared his suspicious tendencies. Perhaps it was genetic. III. Dad called him Hobart Humphrey. I’d […]

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Popgun Appropriation

December 26th, 2010 · No Comments

The toy gun from a Tijuana cart gets its cork removed on the long ride home. He sits behind Mom in the car, taunting: “Pop! Pop!”

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