Monthly Archives: May 2016

Town business

Today, after reading a few people talking about this early-morning fire on Twitter and Facebook, and after watching a couple of videos from The Specials, I wrote these lyrics: It’s the morning after the fire on 73rd and MacArthur on the deep East SideEveryone is bewildered and nobody saw it coming until the place got […]

Goodbye Shamsher

Today we said goodbye: @ankitasadaf and I will always mourn our cat Shamsher’s good-natured, carpet-terrorizing life. She spent six years drooling whenever she deigned to allow me to rub her belly during my morning coffees, yowling whenever we were drifting off to sleep at night, or crawling up my leg and begging for a taste […]

Chairmen of the board

I thought something might come together. I did some of the things might help. I waited to hear back. Today I learned it didn’t move forward. It wasn’t me, it was them. It’s their rules, their board, their game. I thought about these two gentlemen sitting outside the shuttered neighborhood fast-food spot. They have their […]

Public vigilance

I go to these things because I’m happy that they can happen. I also go because I have time to drop in after getting off work nearby. Goodness knows that’s not a given. So many events slip though invites and e-mails and social-network queues. I forget: Is “it’s complicated” a possible response yet? It’s not […]

Not facing up

I didn’t wind up getting to say the still, small thing I hoped to say because somehow it wasn’t time. I didn’t say anything reckless or foolish to someone else when I thought about it because it would probably never be time. I didn’t go to the bar where a few good people are singing […]

In time you’re gonna pay

I started the day still thinking about a couple of difficult losses. Then I drove up to a popular scenic route in the East Bay hills where a guy got fatally shot three years ago after breaking up a fight. His mother and sister were there as police announced a reward for information leading to […]

Up in the air

Click to view video. We deserve better than we’re getting. Better arrivals, better departures, better in-flight meals, better snack and drink menus, better this-is-your-captain-speaking banter. Better seat reservation, better check-in processes, better security-theater stage direction. Better pre-flight safety videos, better exit-row volunteering, better seat-pocket magazines. Better flight plans. And if you still think I’m talking […]

My neck, my back, my thighs, my bike rack

Ow ow ow ow ow. I asked one of my editors: so long as I’m starting at 11 a.m., why don’t I bike over to the press conference outside the sheriff’s office and see how it goes? Sure, she said. I hauled my road bike inside, inflated its tires, and headed down my avenue, around […]

Car me maybe

Today I decided to call trunk. When a planned meet-up fell through, I figured I would go open up my car and see what there was to organize and get rid of. As it turns out, I found something I’d ordered online, placed in a box for safekeeping, and then forgotten about. Not as good […]