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Dead end jobs

There is no such thing as a dead end job, just people with no imagination or desire for advancement. How many Americans do we have to watch come from nothing and become successful and...

It finally happened

I worked in peoples homes and apartments for forty eight years. For thirty eight years I worked for my self, having apprenticed under my father for ten years before that. In those thirty eight...

One bottle or can at a time

First off, this is a true story. I don’t need to make up all of my stories, I had a very colorful life. So my girlfriend and I decide to recycle, and recycle big....

The shoebox

Alright, here’s another restaurant story. My brother is six years older than I. He was always looking for a way to make a buck. Perhaps times were harder when he was coming up and...

Taxes

Are you paying too much in taxes? Are the very rich not paying their fair share? Think again. Go to Google and simply enter, “what tax brackets pay how much in taxes”. The truth...

Prelude to Rome

Jan.2 -2019 – I have started the prequel to Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets. I never write from an outline or name my characters before they introduce themselves to me. I create the outline as I...

Another great act

As I just mentioned, we had some great entertainers in our place over the years. Perhaps they were just starting out or on their way down as I mentioned earlier. My father was in...

A funny little genius

Our restaurant was shaped like a “Z”. The bottom of the “Z” was the restaurant, the upright portion was the bar, and the top, was the dancehall. The dance floor was in the middle...

The Adventures of the Smith Family

February 1, 2019 – I hired an editor and she looked over this novel of mine. I have worked on it for the last five years while doing other novels that are shorter and...

Boogie boarding in the good old days-

My brother and I used to boogie board on the north side of HB pier in the seventies and eighties. We were a couple of the old guys out there at the time. We...

Grandpa Ernie’s Secrets-

January 25 – 2019 – My new version of Granpa Ernie’s Secrets is on Amazon now. It’s a spy novel with all of the current cast of characters from North Korea to Iran, and...

The instant taxi –

Okay, it’s getting late. Last call. So one night, I was probably twelve, because my brother had his license and his new Nova. What a beautiful car. Anyway this drunk wants a ride to...

A little dispute-

One more, really? I have other things to do you know. Okay! I started playing pool when I was eight years old or so. My sister was even younger. If I had a nickel...

The late night customer-

Ok, I.m on a roll now. We had live Mexican bands playing on Saturday nights at our place. We would often go to T.J to get the bands. My father had a good sense...

A shot in the dark

When I was in the sixth grade, I was working after school in my parents bar. If you have read some of these stories, you are aware of my sordid past. At any rate...

The Burglars

We leased our restaurant for ten years in Santa Ana, California. It was the largest Mexican bar, dancehall, and restaurant in the county. It was also probably, the roughest. Unknown to us was the...

Our second restaurant – 1965

When I was fourteen I had the good fortune of leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and moved out into the country. I had no choice in the matter, but it...

Starting work early–

My father was a jack of all trades and was afraid of nothing, or so it seemed to me when I was young. He was a housing tract lather and plaster as were many...

Monk – Nov.10, 2018

My mother wanted Finches. My father and I poured the slab in the corner of the back yard. It was four feet by eight feet. We built a cage on the slab with two...

Smile Train, 633 Third Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10017

Do you want to help someone for almost nothing? Are you busy and don’t have a lot of time to spare? Smile Train arranges cleft palate surgeries on children around the world. Did you...

The Floating Market – Saigon – 2018

Nov. 4 – Day 15 – Today we visited the Cal Rang floating market on the Mekong River. The river is a muddy color as we slide onto it. It is crossed by a...

Leaving for India – Dec. 16, 2019

We leave for India tomorrow. It will be our second visit. It is a wonderful, exciting and very different place. That’s why we are going there again. It is a large country and it...

Raising a family

Raising a family is hard work. The easy and fun part comes first, obviously. The following months and years are when the work gets more difficult, important and sometimes less fun. It’s a parents...

The history of man – Dec.15 2018

I can’t help but worry about what I see happening in my country as far as free speech and tolerance goes. I hold many opinions about issues, but they are probably no more valid...

November 4 – The importance of gun ownwership

Nov.4 – Check out the story on FOX News about the unfortunate escapee named Bruce McLaughlin who kicked in the door of woman’s home at 3:00 am and grabbed a knife sharpening tool as...

The Cope Center – Laos

Laos – 2019 – We went to the COPE Center in Vientiane and learned about the dangers of unexploded bombs that America dropped along the along the Ho Chi Min Trail during the Vietnam...

Marksmanship – 2018

My siblings and I had many cousins. One of our aunts had ten acres in Huntington Beach across from the Good Shepard Cemetery. She rented the land out to a farmer. One day several...

My Father – Nov.14 – 2018

Nov.14 – My father had fourteen brothers and sisters. Seven boys and seven girls made up this raucous family. Times were never easy for them during the depression and the times that followed shortly...

My friend, Alex Lopez

November 14, 2018 – We stood in line on the hot asphalt in alphabetical order. It was September of 1967. It was the first day of tenth grade at a new high school. I...

My Neighbor – A short Story

We moved into a new house when I turned fifteen. It needed some work and the neighborhood was just good enough for my mother, but it was a step up from renting. The house...