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Summer Fun

A little something that I'm doing for fun: I have created a wordpress blog and am featuring various classic rock groups and their music. There's a treasure of videos on Youtube. I've just saved you the trouble of sorting through all of the rubbish. Have a look. There's some great stuff there. I might even write the story of why I don't listen to Emerson, Lake & Palmer anymore. (It has a lot to do with a gymnast from New Orleans named Mark.) Cool Old Videos

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the Second Time Around

the Second Time Around 1978 I first met Randy when we were sixteen. I met him at Frank's house- a guy from my football team that I screwed around with from time to time. He enticed me to come over by telling me about a kid from his neighborhood that wanted to join in. Randy was a shy kid. He wasn't big or athletic or a jock. He was cute and a lot more feminine than most of the guys I previously messed around with. What caught my attention was his bright, intelligent blue eyes. Frank treated

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What's your sign???

I'm a MEH... Traditional MEH Traits grouchy and surly enthusiastically apathetic mean and a little evil was drunk and disorderly, now clean & sober without an excuse would rather be fishing On the dark side.... makes postal workers look sane and stable asks hookers for refunds on bad sex fantasizes about beating people to death with a claw hammer cheered when shouting tv huckster and coke head Billy Mayes died like a dog screws televangelists, publishes videos o

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Aug. 9, 1942

Aug. 9, 1942 The United States and her Allies are on their heels in the Pacific. Japan looks invincible. From December until June, Japanese forces had over run Wake, Guam, the Philippines, Java, Malaysia, the Caroline Islands, the Marshall Islands, Everything had been going Japan's way up until they were turned back at the Battle of the Coral Sea and were defeated soundly at Midway on Jun 4th. The United States and her allies Great Britain and Australia decided on a time and place to launch

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Gay Challenged

How can I say this without being offensive? If gay people went to gay school, I would ride the gay short bus. I must be the most incompetent gay man in North America. I would rather hunt than shop. When I'm in a new city, I check out the hardware stores to see if they have magical kung-fu tools that I've never seen before. My wardrobe has more in common with Walmart and Target than Pierre Cardin or Brooks Brothers. I drive a truck with a big steel toolbox that has everything in it that I w

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Back in the Saddle

I was pleased to land the contract: 30 stores from July to mid-August. As far as contracts go it was modest but for a solo operator like me it was just right. I got the package in the last week of June that covered the stores and the scope of work. I was expected to come up with a schedule. The contract was administered by a nation-wide systems integrator that I had worked with from time to time. They would be skimpy on the hours but as long as I was good about documenting the expenses, things

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18 in 1980: Memories of the Epidemic

[first published Dec. 2007] When AIDS first appeared, here in Mississippi peoples attitudes were, like every social trend, it won't come here for another twenty years. Unfortunately for a lost generation, they were dead wrong. People started dying in 85. By 1990 the numbers were actually alarming. In 82 & 83, the HIV virus hadn't even been isolated yet. It acted like a virus but science had never dealt with a retro-virus before. CDC nor anyone else in the medical community knew enough abou

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Gulf Coast Cuisine part deux

Cajun style seafood platter- this is a Cajun style seafood platter. The difference? Mostly in the spicing, the breading and the portions. The old joke is "serves 1 cajun or 3 ordinary people". Raw oysters it takes some courage to eat the first one but you'll finish the plate! Serves with cocktail sauce, horseradish and lemon. Dixie beer. What else can I say? Here is the old Dixie beer brewery on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans.

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Gulf Coast Cusine

On your trip to the Gulf Coast here are some local delicacies you will want to try. A "boat" of Crawfish- consists of crawfish, corn on the cob, onions and red potatoes boiled in a mixture of cajun spices. Gumbo- is a soup that has shrimp, crab meat, fish and it is often served over rice. There is a great deal of variation in the recipe so it is a little different at every place that serves it. You can have a big bowl as a meal or a cup as an appetizer. Red Beans & rice- this is an

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1996

1996 I have seen the fire Destroying everything in it path In its blazing wrath I have seen the fire Bringing terror as its might As it consumes the night I have seen the fire Slaying friends and lovers Strangers and brothers I have seen the fire. Out of control consumning souls Hell on earth a mass funeral pyre I have been burned by the fire With scars that don't show The loss it still burns and stings Friends and lovers I can not replace I am haunted by their familiar faces

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The Hazards of High Fashion

I don't know where it came from or who started it but many young men in our area like to wear low hanging jeans that expose a lot more than is traditional. This afternoon I was changing the oil in my truck and I saw a local kid walking by. He had been playing basketball up the hill and was wearing very low hanging shorts and had his shirt draped over his shoulder. He was walking like he was the coolest thing since James Dean and then disaster struck: his shorts fell down around his ankles expos

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Awesome Eighties Muzak

Some eighties muzak I remember... the Fixx- Saved by Zero the Cars- All Mixed Up The Cars- Moving in Stereo Rolling Stones- Miss You Eric Clapton- Cocaine Supertramp- the Logical Song Supertramp- Goodbye Stranger The Police- Roxanne The Police- Don't Stand So Close to Me The Babies- Midnight Rendevous Blondie- Call Me Pink Floyd- Comfortable Numb Cyndi Lauper- Girls Just Want to have Fun Eurythmics- Here Comes the Rain Again

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When do your Muses Arrive?

With me the Muses show up at 3 in the morning: drunk, mean and abusive. They slap me around for a while, tease me and leave me with just enough of a taste to really want it. Then, like like the whores that they are, they take off to torment other starving authors. Damn you Greek byaches! Why do you toy with me so? Why do you give me shreds of lots of stories but never a complete one? Why are you so hot and always leave before we finish? Grrr! I would roll over, go back to sleep and say forge

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One Enchanted Evening...

12/5/2007 One Enchanted Evening... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was a magical night in September, hot but not oppressive. The Gulf breezes were not the only charm that Biloxi offered. The ancient majestic oaks and palms swayed in unison to the surf. Alive, green and red with oleander and crocosmia blooming brilliantly along the shore. We drove down on a Friday evening, just the two of us. We arrived at the Biloxi Hilton an

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Cat Parole

I decided to board my cat during my Thank giving trip to Texas at the vet but I waited too late. My usual vet was full. I had to shop around to find him a space. He doesn't travel well and gets horrible gas when he's anxious. I was down to the wire and desperate. I begged my usual Vet for a referral list. Tuesday I went down the list. Animal Medical Center? No vacancy. Sullivan's Animal Hospital? No Vacancy. Cat Hospital? No vacancy. OK it's closing in on 4:00 and I'm getting desperate. No w

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Fear & Loathing

12/27/2006 I've got this little problem. It's called Traumatic Glaucoma. Granted anything that can make you go blind is pretty traumatic in itself but this refurs to a specific type of glaucoma that occurs sometimes many years after blunt force type injury to the eyes. Like getting punched in the eyes. My teen years were particulary difficult. I was outted at the age of 13 the summer before 7th grade started in a redneck town in Mississippi. By my count I've had twenty something concussions,

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Plot element vs endorsement

A friend and fellow author that I have a great deal of respect and admiration for is having a crisis of confidence. I will not name him but I too have suffered from this type of criticism. Some people can not tell a plot element from an endorsement. When a murder occurs in a story, is the author endorsing murder? When drug use happens in a story, is the author glorifying it? Silly questions? As authors, I believe that the interesting stories are told on the edge. Somewhere on the border of

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jagged Angel by Pecman

I just finished reading the Pecman's amazing story Jagged Angel and holy cow, what a ride! This story is a disturbing mixture of romance, psycological thriller and coming of age story. I found myself thinking that it would make an excellent movie but it would probably cause riots and heart attacks. It was a great story to read around Halloween because it scared the living bejesus out of me. This story has everything: romance, sadism, emotional manipulation, fear, emotion- and just when you thi

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