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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...

Day 16 – Jan.1 – 2019 – Sarnath – India

Day 16 – Jan. 1 – 2019 – Today we drove out to a nearby ancient Buddhist learning center. This is where Gautama Buddha preached his first sermon. We then visited the Sarnath Museum....

New Years in India – 2019

Day 16 – Jan.1, 2019 – We spent New Years day walking along the Ganges and listening to the prayers. We watched people bath away their sins of the past with high hopes for...

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...

Dec.30 – Khajuraho – India – 2018

Dec. 30 – We are in Khajuraho. this is where the erotic statues are located. They are well know and the unknown artists are revered. We are on our way to Varanasi, the oldest...

Dec.29 – Day 13 – On to Varanasi, India 2018

Dec.29 – Day 13 – The train has stopped in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps they are cutting down trees for fuel. This country is one of many contrasts. The ultra modern placed in...

Dec. 31 – Erotic carvings of the Chandelas- India – 2018

Day 15 – Dec.31 – We have arrived at the erotic temples. The temples are well done and the carvings are very intricate and lifelike. Having said that, there is nothing to ad. There...

Dec.31 – Mon – Day 15 – Flying to Varanasi – India 2018

Day 15 – Monday – We are off to Varanasi after lunch. The forty minute flight to the holiest city of the Hindu cities is pleasant as can be expected. The city was known...

Dec.30 – Day 14 – Jhansi, India – Overland to Khajuraho – The Chandelas -2018

Dec.30- Day14- We have left Agra and taken a two hour train ride and a four hour bus ride to where we are now. The train ride is something else. We have been warned...

Dec.28 – Day13 – Agra and the Taj Mahal – 2018

Day 28 – Dec. 28 – We have arrived in Agra after a long drive. Our guide has filled us in with history of the area. Remember, the Moguls were Muslims. We are at...

Dec.28 – Abhaneri step well -2018 – India

Day12 – Dec.28 – We visited the ancient baolis, or step well, that was built to provide year round water for the citizens here. This giant, square hole, lined in stone with ledges and...

Dec. 27 – Early morning game drive – Ranthanbore National Park – 2018

Day 11 – We leave very early this morning for another chance at seeing the tiger. It is brutally cold and I am wrapped up. It does no good.  We looked for the tiger...

Dec.26 – Village and school visit – Ranthambore National Park Sanctuary-2018

Day 10 – Wed Dec, 26 – A day in the life – 2018 The hotels in the area are all full. There isn’t an empty room to be had. It is vacation time...

Tiger Safari – Merry Christmas – The Ranthambore National Park, India – 2018

Day 9 – Dec.25 – We arrived at our hotel near the tiger sanctuary after four hours of driving over rough, dusty and unfinished roads. We saw many small villages and throngs of people,...

Day 8 – Dec.24 Drianda Mandir Temple – Jaipur, India – 2018

Dec.24 – Day 8 – We went out this evening to the temple called Drianda Mandir. It is composed of the three major religious temple styles combined into one building. It represents the willingness...

Dec.23 – A home visit – Jaipur, India – 2018

Dec.23 – Day 7 -We went to a very nice home tonight to eat and visit a local family. There was a young mother and father and a boy, age 13 and two daughters,...

Day 7 – Dec.23 2018 – The Amber Fort

Dec 23. – Day 7 – We started with a quick stop at the Place of the Winds. We then were off to see the Amber Fort. It is a very well preserved, four...

Day 6 – Fly to Jaipur India – 2018

Day 6 – Dec.22 – After breakfast we flew to Jaipur. We reached the city after a forty five minute flight. I met a nice young man on the flight whose family is in...

Dec. 21 – Old Delhi – 2018

Day 3- Dec.21 – We went to Old Delhi today and walked through the pen air Mosque. We then went to the old quarter. We took pedal rickshaws through the old quarter and dodged...

India – The Group – Dec.20, 2018

Day 1 – Dec.20 – We had breakfast and met our group for the short walk to the Sikh Temple this morning. We did the tour again, but this time we ate with our...

India – Day 1- Dec.19, 2018

Dec.19 – Just arrived – The tour starts tomorrow. We slept until 1pm and then ventured out into the busy streets. A local man in a suit helped us across the street, not knowing...

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...

Dec.18 – Off to India – 2018-2019

Dec.18 – We are spending Christmas and New Years away from home this year. It doesn’t happen often, but it worked out that way this year. We have been to northern India before and...