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Category Archives: Fresno

Undercover Trump

Make me a mature Mexican rock star, I tell my makeup lady, hang some long cool black hair on my head and pin a big mustache on my face. I need to blend with families and friends of those being naturalized as U.S. citizens this morning in Fresno. There’s already a big crowd in the […]

Also posted in Donald Trump, Immigration, India, ISIS, Mexico, Philippines

Wealth

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Bakersfield, California, Food, Immigration, Modesto, Poetry - GTC

Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

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Preps Speed in Beautiful Fresno

Don’t roar by Fresno on Highway 99, especially if you’ve just come up from Bakersfield.  Head east on Highway 180 through a growing city then turn north on 186 until you exit and move into leafy suburban Clovis highlighted with custom homes and spotless stores and offices.  Then follow temporary signs where to park for […]

Also posted in George Thomas Clark, Highway 99, Track & Field, Travel

Ryan Mathews Demolishes the Bruins who Ignored Him

Two years ago this November I went to see a Bakersfield phenom who was rushing for about 300 yards and four touchdowns a game against good high school competition.  I took notes and wrote an article and sent it to UCLA coach Karl Dorrell and three of his assistants, stressing Ryan Mathews wanted to attend […]

Also posted in Football, Pasadena, Ryan Mathews

Showdown in Fresno

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Football, George Thomas Clark, Highway 99, PBS, Ryan Mathews, Travel

Fantasizing on Highway 99

Pretty soon you’ve got to drive from Bakersfield to Sacramento.  You are, of course, thankful you don’t have to start further south in Los Angeles and thus crawl up and down scorched and barren mountains that separate the city of glamour and poverty from the rest of the state.  Your journey, instead, will take you […]

Also posted in Bakersfield, California, George Thomas Clark, Highway 99, Sacramento, Sports, Travel