Sean had me down to help install the slide on the playhouse. He’s at day eleven but stoppd sending pictures after about day five. Worried about leaking trade secrets. The last thing is a coat of paint and it’s done!
November 30, 2009
November 29, 2009
Up at the top of the ladder with a drill in my hand screwing screen over vents in the side of the house and all of a sudden two iridescent blue gray birds barrel out past my face. Luckily I was looking down and only heard the noise, otherwise I would have fallen off in surprise. They circled back and sat at the roof edge and wondered why they’d been evicted.
So the phone is now more functional than a post-op tranny, here’s a shot of Thanksgiving dinner at the Tee-Off.
This is a prickly pear cactus on Rusty Sunshine’s spread. I picked a box full and brought them to the bar. Paul, owner/chef at the Tee-Off, grabbed one and tried peeling it with a potato peeler.
“Careful. It’s full of tiny spikes,” I warned. He said his hand was tingling for the rest of the night. The fruit is red and the size of an avocado, and has tiny nettles in clusters across the skin. He did not give thanks to me.
November 26, 2009
Got a replacement iPhone, but can’t get online. That means no photos till it gets sorted out. Do you ever wish our planet had a ring around it like those far out ones? I only ask because I’m still learning to be happy with what I have – an expensive cell phone that doesn’t have any rings around it, so to speak. It does, at least, ring.
Nikki Stix and I went to the Tee-Off to watch football and drink Guinness and eat an awesome free Thanksgiving dinner, right down to the deep fried bird and yams made with Kahlua. He told me most planets have a bunch of moons, and we only have one.
“And it’s called The Moon. How boring.”
Earlier in the day I was down to Rusty Sunshine’s. We had breakfast at the Omelet House then went back to the ranch to look at pictures of an old Oliver tractor.
Rus says to me, “Do you listen to music on your internet?”
“Sure,” I say. “Want me to show you how?”
“Oh no, I have enough trouble with the stuff I’ve already learned, I don’t need something else too.”
Later I wrote out checks for his Comcast bill and the portion Medicare didn’t cover for his last doctor visit. I made him promise to change that blue towel acting as a table cloth for what’s going on years. It’s sticky now. The terry nap is clumped down and parts of snacks, chips I guess, (is that a raisin nib or a booger?) all kinds of crud is stuck to it.
“I ain’t hardly working now so I got no excuse,” he says. The farm channel is on and muted. Someone is haying on camera. All the junk mail gets thrown on the floor under the bill table where we sit and at the bottom of the pile is a box of checks.
“I keep them here so no one steals ‘em,” he says as he’s on his hands and knees pushing aside a bunch of BestBuy circulars and torn open envelopes. “Now that I’m down here I don’t know as I can get back up.”
It’s tough gettin’ old, he always tells me, but he’s always making me laugh too. So it’s good for something.
I’m from New Hampshire, so I’m number 9 in line. In other words, 41 states have to listen to me before they can talk about America. But I have moved to California which is falling apart and some people say it’s because they wanted to give a free education to every citizen.
I was just painting Sean-O’s kitchen while he’s at his step mother’s celebrating Thanksgiving. Some radical listener supported radio station started playing reenactments of Indian massacres. We, as white people, on that ragged eastern Seaboard, had wiped out Indians by 1850, but out here in the West, Gold Fever just struck. We had Chinese, Mexicans, and a few scared natives still running around. Imagine taking a pack mule through some stretch of woods you didn’t know. This is the time where alien really was alien. Alien among the species.
Let’s switch gears…tomorrow’s Thanksgiving. Those first settlers just wanted to thank their God that they survived winter. The first Thanksgiving is before we started, as white people, killing Indians.
I know, you’re watching football and you don’t want to hear about that. But I’m in the West now. There’s probably more real Indians out here than there are cowboys. I mean, cowboys only really lived for about 40 years. But I went to SF State with a girl who, when her Grandmother died, she saw the last person who knew how to speak her language die.
I’ve met Indians in California. No amount of fishing derby on the Winnacunant will match that. New England killed it’s Indians way better than the West ever did.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Will you give thanks for things for things you achieved by hurting others? Are you happy that you have a home because you’ve sent others to prison? Are you thankful that your family is successful because there is a war in Afghanistan and Iraq? I mean, am I thankful myself that suckers don’t see me coming? I’d like each of you to send me twenty bucks this sacred fourth Thursday of November, to show your thanks that free speech is still alive.
I promise to spend it on a round of beers at a local bar, where I will tell everyone what I think.
November 25, 2009
My pal from poetry classes sent me a poem, wanna hear it/hear it goes….
GIFTS & SALVAGE
drains out of one
on my desk
Lumber and Wood
Folsom and 23rd
holds my typerâ€”
and a light
bought off a crackhead on Haight
on my bookshelf
a gift bottle of
and red abalone
gimme the desk
November 24, 2009
Sean-O wanted to see a fight for his birthday. It was a good time. No heavyweights. No big knockdowns, but it’s interesting to see it live. And they serve beer.
November 22, 2009
Sophia is into St. Germain lately. That and Sweet Tea infused vodka. Who isn’t into that stuff? It’s like drinking iced tea that makes you want to sing karaoke. I went around the corner to buy some lemonade to make a proper Arnold Palmer from the stuff, walking around the piles of poop on the sidewalk, saying hi to the beggars and waylaid drifters who pile up on 16th, and into the liquor store. Oh, what New Hampshire is missing! Only buying liquor from a state sponsored store…no chance for weirdos hanging around the register bullshitting. Sure, you can always count on some boxes when you have to move, but it’s not a fair trade. California let’s you buy hard stuff anywhere. Two guys were in the middle of a debate when I put my lemonade on the counter and picked a good looking lime out of the counter top basket.
“Ask your customer,” one guy said.
“Ask. I’ll answer from the heart,” I said.
“What’s the G in G-string stand for?” the young guy asked me.
“G-spot?” I asked back. I had no idea. For sure I thought this liquor store register question would be easy, like the first few block questions on Cash Cab. The $25 ones.
“I thought that too,” said the guy wearing a military style jacket. Maybe they were Mexican or Arabic or Sicilian. I had no idea about that either. They sounded American. They just weren’t white. I still get surprised by that.
“Maybe it’s Groin string,” said the other kid. We all laughed.
“Groin string.” I said it out loud like I was trying on a shirt at Goodwill that looked promising. It was used but I liked it.
“What about genital string?” asked the cashier guy. He pulled out his phone and texted the question. My iPhone was in my pocket, useless. I dropped it one last time yesterday. Now I hear it ring and see who’s calling but can’t answer it. I could have googled it right then and there.
I paid my money and passed on a bag. I put my change and my lime in my pocket. I poured some lemonade in my glass of Sweet Tea that I had walked with from Sophia’s. It feels wonderful to walk through the crowded 16th street dark sidewalk with a cocktail from home in my hand.
I got home and googled it. G string. There were pictures of men and women there. Who are these people who reached an odd fame for exposing most of the ass cheeks for educational purposes on Wikipedia? Lucky people.
You’ll have to look into it yourself if you want to know the answer.
November 20, 2009
November 19, 2009
The Flagpoles have Nikki Stixx back on the skins for one evening only – TONITE !!! LIVE on Pirate Cat Radio about 8 pm Pacific time. You can hear our 5 song set streaming online here.
This station was broadcasting illegally for about a twenty block radius in the Mission till the FCC hit ‘em with a $10,000 fine. Somehow they’re still allowed to stream online. So take a listen if you can.
November 18, 2009
Kal’s a good neighbor. Once a week I pull up to the house and spread a bunch of junk out and start sorting it. What to keep, what to sell, what to donate and what to throw out.
Today I had a truckful to unpack – a woman down the block is moving and gave me as much as I could haul away. Thing is, she’s a smoker. A lot of stuff I just left on the curb for the smoke tolerant scroungers.
I was trying to decide what pile the Xbox 360 discs should go in when Kal came out.
“You didn’t work today?” I asked. His new blue Tundra hadn’t moved since morning.
“Had a little incident with the girls this morning.” He put his hands in his pockets and waited for my question.
“Why? What happened?”
“My oldest fed a battery to the baby.” He smiled and shook his head and I started laughing.
“You didn’t ask what size!” he said.
“What size?” I asked.
“A frickin’ D cell!”
“no, it was just a little watch battery. Still, I took her to the doctor.”
The doctor said she’d poop it out. We laughed some more and I gave Kal some electrical switch boxes and a broken DeWalt work radio.