Blog: Vista Blues

Entries for May, 2010

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Memorial Day--It's Certainly More Than About Barbecues!

"Remember The Heroes/ Who Fought For The Right To Choose!" --Sammy Hagar, from "Remember The Heroes" on VOA To many folks, Memoprial Day means three things: Barbecues, Auto Racing (Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600), and the unofficial "First Day Of Summer" (though the Summer Solstice takes place on June 21st ...

Luna House--Life And Death In The San Luis Rey Valley

"Home, Home again! I Like To Be Here--When I Can!/ And when I come home, cold and tired-- it's good to warm my bones beside the fire!" --from "Time" by Pink Floyd. In October of 1986, I had just been terminated from my job at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station ...

14-May-2010--On The Eastbound Sprinter--Dealing With A Mooch

"What is this world coming to? Beggars begging from beggars!" --Madame DeFarge (Madleine Kahn), in Mel Brooks' "HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART I." Friday, May 14th: That night, I did not feel like cooking. Even the most hardened reaver wishes for times of peace--and that evening, I felt like getting ...

One Way Or Another....

"This is it!/ Make no mistake where you are... You're going no further/ Until it's over and done-- One way or another!" --Kenny Loggins, from "This Is It" John Gardner has left San Diego County...and will never again return as a free man. His new home is north of The ...

I Voted--But Will You?

"Duty Now--For The Future." --DEVO, from the back cover art of NEW TRADITIONALISTS. Well, well, lookie at what arrived in my mailbox today...my permanent absentee mail-in ballot for the 8-Jun-10 California primary election. Since I am a registered Independent (NOT "American Independence Party," no bleeping way!), I get a non-partisan ...

Spring Colds--From "Feeling Well" to "Feeling Like Hell!"

"Just when I'm feeling chipper as I please/ that's when they show me all my sinus cavities!" --Alan Sherman, from "Headaches" on NUTTY THINGS, THIS TIME WITH STRINGS! Right now, I'm fighting off a really heavy-duty spring cold. For the past three days, I've been sneezing, coughing, spitting up goop, ...

Zweibelfliesch--My First Time Cooking For A Ladylove

"Your first test in a love relationship--cooking a meal!" --Laura MacMillian, my third girlfriend, as she served a dish she made (it was yummy, btw). A bit of my history here: My first lady-love was a girl named Karen Anne Rainwater. She was two years older than I was when ...

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