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Mixtape: Blood Oranges

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Mixtape: Merle Haggard & Buck Owens

October 14th, 2014 · No Comments

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Postcard: Bunker Hill Monument & Flag

October 13th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Bunker Hill Monument. Boston Massachusetts.”

Printed on back of postcard:

Boston (Charlestown), Massachusetts
An impressive granite monument commemorates the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill in which 2,400 British regulars twice assaulted the colonial militia at the top of the hill. The Americans, out of ammunition, retreated on the third attack – but not before they had felled almost half of the attacking force.

Publishing information:

©Published by Klein Card Service, 134 Summer St., Hyde Park, Ma. 02136
Made by DEXTER PRESS, West Nyack, New York

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Mixtape: Elton John

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I bet that doesn’t happen very often here.

October 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Today was a buy-your-lunch day, so I went gourmet and cheap: Taco Bell. It’s been a particularly rough couple of weeks, and, feeling a little positivity seeping back into me since the day so far hadn’t sucked too badly (yes, the standard for measuring a good day has fallen into the abysmal pits), I decided to have a little playful fun.

I pull up to the squawk-box. “How are you?” the young woman’s voice asks, probably expecting me to launch into my order.

“Why did the boy throw the clock out the window?” I ask back. Any of you who knew Bud Osuna know that that’s the kind of random childish silliness that he was capable of producing. I thought that as soon as I hit the question mark: in this way, also, am I my father’s son.


I repeat. “Why did the boy throw the clock out the window?”

Pause. “Um, I don’t know.”

“Because he wanted to see time fly!” I used to laugh like hell when I told that joke when I was younger. Like, about five years old. But, five decades later, I’m more apt to wait for a reaction.

She was clearly unimpressed. “Yeah. Okay. Order when you’re ready.”

I was ready, so I did.

When I got to the window, the young black girl there had a big grin pasted on her face.

“Didn’t you like my joke?” I asked.

“I had to turn off my headset, I was laughing so loud, ” she said. “I was embarrassed.”

“I bet that doesn’t happen very often here,” I stated/asked.

“First time,” she said, smiling, handing me a bag.

Later, when I opened the bag, I found a little sack of unordered warm cinnamon pastry treats nestled in with my burrito.

Jokes are funny. Humor is sweet. Kindness is contagious. Laughter is warm.

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Postcard: Freedom Train “Southern Pacific 4449″

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Southern Pacific 4449.”

Printed on back of postcard:

Built in 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio. The 4449 was one of the 50 “Golden State” engines designed for service with Southern Pacific Daylight trains.

Publishing information:

Jerry L. Kaltenbach Enterprises, 3200 Valleyview Drive, Columbus, Ohio.
Curteichcolor® 3-D Natural Color Reproduction (Reg. U.S.A. Pat. Off.).

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Postcard: Hearst Castle façade

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Calif.”

Printed on back of postcard:

San Simeon, California, on Coast Highway 1 between Monterey and San Luis Obispo.
Late afternoon sun throws shadows of Mexican Fan Palms on the façade of Hearst Castle, home of editor-publisher William Randolph Hearst for some 28 years. Rare works of art fill the 100 rooms.

Publishing information:

Ogden Foods Service Corp., Box 6, San Simeon, Calif. 93452

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Postcard: Grand Canyon, Hopi Point

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

From the brink of this titanic chasm, is an ever-changing panorama of one of the most picturesque and colorful regions in the entire world. The Canyon varies in width from four to eighteen miles and is a mile deep.

Publishing information:

Verkamp, Inc., Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Curteichcolor® 3-D Natural Color Reproduction (Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.)

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Postcard: Memorial Church, Harvard

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

Dedicated November 11, 1932
In grateful memory of the Harvard men who died in the World War, we have built this church.

BM 45A

Publishing information:

Published by Bromley & Company, Inc., Boston, Mass. 02210
Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710

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September 11th, 2014 · 1 Comment

As I was dressing at home, I heard excited voices from the TV in the other room. There was something that looked like a disaster movie on, and I switched it off. Twenty minutes later, I was walking through the back door of Laser’s Edge Compact Discs, ready to start the workday. Michael had arrived earlier, and had WBHM’s radio broadcast playing on the store audio system while he was trying to pull up a television signal on the store monitor. This was not a movie. Instead of a deserted store that day – as I would have expected – customers and neighboring merchants were coming in to talk and would linger in conversation longer than usual. It was a Tuesday, which is traditionally new release day in the music industry. Among the releases that day were Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and a live album by Dream Theater that featured – in one of the most eerie and creepiest coincidences I have ever witnessed – a rendering of the World Trade Center in flames.

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