Been working so much lately. Isn’t that nice? Don’t expect a Christmas gift though. Defeats my purpose. It got cold here in San Francisco. 40 degrees in the daytime, under this golden California sun. I saw a homeless guy and actually felt bad. Pulled out a buck and then realized, “You want to be homeless.” So I put that buck back in my wallet. Spent it on a scratcher later. Lost that. But there was a winner this week. Sitting around inventing food again, we came up with bacon guacamole. What do you think?
November 29, 2010
November 27, 2010
“Shunned by all like a leper and left to expire in its own dung and ashes.” Greece.
That’s how Henry Miller described it in The Colossus of Maroussi. He was talking about Crete in particular, the largest Greek island. The year was 1941.
“Every foot of the land has been fought over, conquered and reconquered, sold, bartered, pawned and auctioned off, leveled with fire and sword, sacked, plundered, administered over by tyrants and demons, converted by fanatics and zealots, betrayed, ransomed, traduced by the great powers of our day, desolated by civilized and savage hordes alike, desecrated by all and sundry, hounded to death like a wounded animal, reduced to terror and idiocy.”
Sounds like he’s explaining big banking’s effect on not just Greece, but all of us.
November 26, 2010
I make love in this room. It gets loud even though we are whispering, the intensity is so high. Eventually it comes to a lull. The heater makes a weird humming. I can’t sleep. I’m thankful for heat, it’s cold, but I can’t sleep with this noise coming from the radiator.
November 23, 2010
November 22, 2010
God I love the garbage. Garage garbage is my favorite. Old men saving bits of pencils well into the internet age. I carry the torch.
That was weird. First no internet. Then the server holding my website was “under construction” for a few days. That’s what the white page was all about. I got the local soccer mom group to hold a benefit bake sale of vegan cookies in the meantime so don’t worry about me.
Up next, the scanner is broken and I misspent the bake sale funds so I’ll just tell you what this letter dated July 5, 1936 says.
Burke Idaho –
Dear Aunt H- and Uncle F-
Thank you very much for the nice sweater it fitted me fine and is just what I wanted. My Uncle Pat is sick in the hospital with pneumonia and Pluracy. I broke my arm riding a horse. It stepped on a live electrict (sic) line and bucked me off. Our swimming pool opened the 4th. I am entering high school this year.
Your loving nephew
There you have it, live but delayed from Burke Idaho. You probably wonder what Pluracy is. It’s a misspelling. The damn boy meant Pleurisy, an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds and protects the lungs.
But what about a horse stepping on a live wire in 1936 and shooting a kid off! That was living! That was youth!
November 19, 2010
This guy was chillin’ at the flea market last Sunday. Napkin in the bloody nose. Not weird at all.
Did you see that? The internet went down. Yeah, just went down. Somewhere over the hill over there. Yup. Just like that. No more sports scores. No more weather. Didn’t know if mama was wantin’ to talk. Couldn’t put money in the bank. That little old internet cord sure is important.
Spent three days on the phone with gals from the Philippines. I told them “Ing at”. They said, “What?” I said, “My girlfriend is from over there. She taught me that. Can’t remember what it means. Thank you or something.” So much for India.
Finally after talking to 22 people from AT&T, Linksys, and the SF Police Department I’m back online and able to blog.
Doo do Doo….
13 year old girl found bound and gagged in his basement. The Dow is up 100.
Ya da da da dee…
I’m no Bukowski. I sleep on a memory foam mattress. You could lay it down on a bed of drain rock and still sleep like Ambien got slipped in with dinner. I was reading Hot Water Music last night before bed and thought how easy I have it. If only he had become a junk man. He wouldn’t have written so many stories about tearing open cheap bottles of vodka.
Yup. The internet is back on. I’m out.
November 17, 2010
I thought I was stronger than a cup of coffee but then I was using a French press and I guess that makes a difference. The French ground their coffe not so thin, like cookie crumble at the ice cream shop. Maybe a little finer. Then put it in the glass carafe. Pour in the hot water and let it soak for a bit, then you plunge down a filter that exactly fits the carafe. Sometimes the plunger resists, steam pressure I guess. At this point, don’t get pissed off and press down with all your years of moving refrigerators by yourself, don’t lean into it like your little glass coffee maker is an evil man and you need to get your thumb up his nose far enough to jab out his brains so…shit, neighbor Cal just knocked and we gotta go to work. I’ll deal with the burns later.
November 12, 2010
I hadn’t noticed. Oh, you mean that was his name. Thanks Safeway. It’s all about names. When you are young and have time to be in a band, you think up band names. Or you hear something and think, “That’s gonna be my website.” All that naming fun stops when you have kids, and you start thinking up names for them.
Real names of my friend’s children.
The name of the first and last band I was in. Kind of an odd name for a band. Doesn’t conjure up much imagery. Maybe the lawn in front of the Town Hall. Is that rock and roll? Not for me so much.
Nick and Jeff are in a new band now.
Now, Nick’s my buddy, but these names are going from bad to worse. Jeff and I rode around yesterday and tried to think of new names. It involves reading every sign and calling it out. “Wholesale flowers!”
No, I say.
“Pork, Beef, Poultry Reno Neveda”
Jeff says,”Nick had a dream and saw a vision. Now he wants to name the band Golden Escalators. I said, ‘How about Coastal?’ Can’t we just have something boring that doesn’t sound like we’re a bunch of fucking hippies?”
“Nick’s kind of a hippy though,” I say.
“He kinda is,” Jeff agrees.
“I like the name ‘Gold Dust’” I offer.
Jeff thinks it sounds too country cowboy Neil Young. And that’s the problem. If you don’t like someone’s idea, they won’t like yours.
I just laughed at his idea.
November 10, 2010
Yeah so anyway all this pot farming out here is good for business. Had to haul a bunch of fertilizer jugs, silica stuff to help indoor plants fight off bugs and whatever. They aint strong like outdoor stuff, pampered 24/7 with optimal everything, lights, food, Co2, the whole life of a king. Or queen cuz you kill the males. It’s not like you can throw 60 one gallon jugs of hydro-helper in your recycling without raising a few eyebrows. And all the cardboard from the ballast and lights and bulbs and timers and sensors and pumps, I took it down to the paper yard and got 20 bucks that’s how much there was. That’s like a thousand pounds. If you’re looking for a new career, get out west and sell all these visionaries chemicals and hardware – they’ll be calling you Levi Strauss of the green rush.
But whatever, the other thing is this book of short stories in the truck. I keep it there for stop lights, lunch break, waiting for whoever. All Hemingway. And he wrote some short ones – one paragraph. Two paragraphs. I’ll read those in slow traffic on the 101. There’s one, and here’s my whole point, that starts off, “In the city of Madrid there are thousands of boys called Paco, the diminutive of Francisco…” and so maybe let’s call San Francisco Paco instead.
November 8, 2010
ever try to throw out a balloon? If the garbage can doesn’t have a lid they won’t stay and you’ll look pretty foolish tying balloons to a garbage can. Think the janitor or garbage man is gonna know you are disposing of them? It’ll look like you love your trash can so much you are celebrating its birthday. So then you find a garbage can with a lid. Every time someone opens that lid out float your balloons. Who is mean-hearted enough to put balloons back in a garbage can, besides you? No one. Throwing away balloons just proves you are a jerk who doesn’t know how to party.
November 6, 2010
I’m gassy again. So bad if I fart I’ll shit.
The scoundrels who come first to the garage sale stole my innocence.
the internet has so much news i just can’t keep up.
November 5, 2010
I woke up at 2:45 and looked at my phone. 2:45 it said. A.M. I laid in the dark with a buzzing rumble in my ears, it was still in the house and outside on the street, but the damage to my drums was ringing a faint echo of jackhammers past.
dum dee doo…
The neighbor went to Bermuda to play in a rugby tournament, he left me to walk his dog. The neighbor grew up in foster homes without a strong dad. The dog barks and snarls and runs when I try to get close enough to hook the leash on the collar. I wonder to myself, did he adopt the dog that he used to be? Afraid and unsure who will love him and who will kick him?
I spent half an hour on my back in the living room acting like a calm golden retriever, and finally she came and stuck her nose in my crotch and sniffed, then licked my hand, then laid down next to me and chilled.
I got up later and cooked a pizza from their freezer.
November 3, 2010
That’s my “si” vote for legalizing the product that makes the drug cartels in Mexico rich. I’ll probably be found dead in a ditch, my head mailed back home. That’s how they operate. The news outlets don’t even report on them for fear of this fate.
In other news I moved my neighbor over to Oakland. He had boxes labeled “poems” and “songs” and “art”. I realized he was just like me, saving every scrap of paper he’d written on that was more than a receipt with his signature. I have a large walk-in closet with floor to ceiling shelves, all dedicated to this vanity project.
There’s a journal from 1993 when I was living in my van in a parking lot at UNH. A cop told me no overnights allowed, so I went to the chief of police and told him I was too poor to both pay for college and rent a place. The chief agreed to let me camp out for the summer school session.
I’d forgotten that whole time of my life, it was only two months long, after all. A gal in a dorm would let me take showers, a high school friend would bring me sandwiches.
But the journal itself is not filled with great ideas. I question my future. I wonder how I’ll turn out. I tell myself I’ll stop drinking and start eating healthy. I talk about God. The eighty or so journals I’ve kept for almost 20 years no longer interest me. Can someone give me the okay to chuck them?