We can get there by Dragonfly.

I was thinking about Jimi this morning. I guess it’s this time of year that he leaks into my thoughts. It was 51 years ago that he passed, and I still think about how I felt that morning. I was only fourteen. I was…


Point Reyes

Fogged in Point Reyes was lined with driftwood-covered beaches. Large open pastures ringed by woods of Manzanita. It was known for having large herds of white deer known as a Fallow Deer that a millionaire had imported from Asia Minor and India back in the forties. They were…


A free ride on the Ferris wheel.

The Ferris wheel is the greatest vantage point at the Carnival or Church Bizarre.

In my case it was an excellent overview of all the action. …


NOLA 1975

I Had a New Orleans feeling this morning while thinking about cooking up a “King Cake “for the annual Cake competition we have every Christmas with the family. I put on some Wild Tchapotoulis, and off I go.

I haven’t been down there since 1975 and really don’t…


It would only be for a nice drive in the countryside. We hired a driver through the hotel we werestaying at in Hue. He had a small Renault and spoke no English. We were far enough North that we didn’t expect an English speaker in that part of Vietnam. We…


I looked out across at Morro Bay, and jutting out on a peninsula past the Harbor was “Morro Rock.”

It was a large round dome sticking up out of the shore. Several hundred feet high, it Looked like a half-submerged giant turtle. It was a strange and abrupt rock formation.


The Blond and the smiling Gods.

My experience with connected guys was limited to my days as a bartender. Don’t get me wrong; I wasn’t deeply immersed in the world of organized crime. Not at all, but I did come across some individuals that fit that profile while as a…


Rockets Redglare

Rockets Redglare

Lately, I’ve been doing these small studies of degenerate characters. I wonder what makes them all so fascinating to us all?

Today’s special degenerate is a fellow named Michael Morra, otherwise, known as RocketsRedglare. A fixture and a unique character in the Lower Eastside that I knew mainly…


For the love of Harry

I wonder what the long-term effects are going to be for my daughter? She’s spent more than six months now in virtual school and seems to be keeping up well and still maintains an excellent average. She continues to have a social life. She spends a lot of time talking…


a Rock and roll Elmer Gantry.

On April 22nd of 1972, I went with my closest pals Manny and Will and every teenager in a forty-mile radius to see Alice Cooper at the Commack Arena. It was a sixteen-year-old Long Island Knucklehead convention! Seeing Alice Cooper was a dream fulfilled for my pals and me. It…

George Gilmore

“George Gilmore has been a long-time fixture on the downtown NYC alt-roots music scene, as well as having some indie screen writimg credits.

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