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Category Archives: Housing

Garage Sale

This is going to be the greatest garage sale ever. I’ve advertised in the newspaper and posted pictures on social media and taped flyers throughout the neighborhood and told some neighbors and friends to come over this beautiful Saturday spring morning starting at seven. I open the garage door a half hour early and several […]

Also posted in Divorce, Furniture, Garage Sales, Jewelry, Jose Abeto Zaide, Marriage, Mental Health, Romance, Tales of Romance

Economic Delights

president trumpets continued unemployment declines initiated by obama and celebrates many stock market highs that could challenge annual record set in nineteen twenty-eight but not clear if president also worries about events the following year

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Economics, Employment, Stock Market

Market Value

real wages stagnate while dreary houses soar and stocks climb on high limb

Also posted in Donald Trump, Economics, Stock Market

Carmel Winter

Daily, it seems, I either see or read about tragedy and pain. One of my neighbors has Alzheimer’s and is beating his wife. Another suffers from cancer leaving her dependent on a daughter more interested in her money than health. Always there are wars aplenty and domestic murders in the streets. Rapes, fires, and traumatic […]

Also posted in Boston, Caribbean, Del Mar, Economics, Ingmar Bergman, Movies, Philippines, Russia, San Diego, Weather

Careful, Justin Bieber

I’m surrounded by lots of nasty newspaper and magazine articles and insulting letters and want you to understand this deluge on my doorstep is the same or worse than cyber bullying. Not many understand. I’m nineteen and make fifty million a year and fans love me and I’m doing things most my age would do. […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Calabasas, Cars & Driving, Drugs, Justin Bieber, Miami, Music, Neighborhoods

Back Yard Hole

What’re you doing home, Fred, wife said. Sick of job. How’ll we live. Fred didn’t answer. He grabbed shovel in garage, put on work gloves, walked into back yard, and started digging. He dug fast, heaving dirt far as possible, and hole got wide and deep by sundown. What in God’s name, said wife. Fred […]

Also posted in Marriage, Short Pieces - GTC

Ocean View

From patio on highest hill endless ocean rolls green back onto hill. Other way city sits in smog. Damn four story house next door ruins view, owners say. Not bad, I note, three in ravine. Suppose we’re lucky to live here fifty years. Used to be in tract house below.

Also posted in Economics, Oceans, Short Pieces - GTC

Trash Can

Old man eased across street to knock on iron security door and was ignored till stepped to bedroom window rapping to force another old man out. Did you pull trash can down street and fill with shingles and nails? Hell no. Then I wonder who. You see anyone? Just those guys on your roof.

Also posted in Aging, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

Deadbolt Rules

During helluva hot day fishing in thin mountain air, sun scorched Harold and he drank too many beers but didn’t worry he caught no fish. He was thinking about rat hole he’d return to behind house in area few lived voluntarily. Harold shoved key into rusty deadbolt lock which seized key he jerked and twisted […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Mental Health, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

Savings

Pushing hand between armrest and cushion of ragged sofa, I searched for unknown artifacts and pulled out faded savings pass book revealing thirty years ago had opened account with hundred dollars, inauspicious total for man in twenties. Two weeks later I needed ninety dollars. That happens when make few hundred monthly. I still rebuilt balance […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, Economics, George Thomas Clark, Short Pieces - GTC

Nightmare Apartment

This excerpt is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Divorce, Marriage, Mental Health, Neighborhoods, Short Pieces - GTC

Garden Party for William H. Johnson

(A major feature about painter William H. Johnson, 1901-1970, will be posted later this spring.) I wish William H. Johnson, gifted painter of a unique world, were at this party honoring young African American artists, staged by the foundation bearing his name, at an elegant old two-story home near the Wilshire district in Los Angeles. […]

Also posted in Art, Food, Los Angeles, Mental Health, Painters, William H. Johnson

Vigilant Couple

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in American River, Marriage, Mental Health, Murder, Neighborhoods, Sacramento, Short Pieces - GTC, Vigilantes

Baseball Bat Killers Sentenced

Two years ago a murder story in Bakersfield haunted me and, despite uneasiness, I decided to view the crime scene. A forty-year old man, Patrick Matsuda, who lived in a neighborhood of new and expensive homes, had been killed by bat-wielding miscreants. For weeks residents had been complaining to each other and the police that […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Bakersfield, Bodybuilding, Drugs, Mixed Martial Arts, Murder, Neighborhoods, Wrestling

Pruning

Alice liked to save money. She scoured newspapers and tabloids to find coupons. She drove across town to pay few cents less per gallon of gas. She never dined in restaurants or went to movies. She hadn’t taken vacation since husband died twenty years ago. She mowed lawn until arthritis forced to have dug out […]

Also posted in Expenses, Mental Health, Short Pieces - GTC, Trees

Home Escape

This story is now in the collection “Tales of Romance”

Also posted in Employment, Families, Marriage, Mental Health, Short Pieces - GTC

Relative Real Estate

newspaper says going to be one oh three in bakersfield seventy three in santa barbara but former has lower housing prices

Also posted in Bakersfield, California, Poetry - GTC, Santa Barbara

Deadbolt Rules

(This poem has been rewritten in prose and posted September 22, 2012.) hell of hot day fishing in thin mountain air sun scorched harold and he drank too many beers didn’t matter he caught no fish he had to return to rat hole room at rear of house in bad area rusty deadbolt jammed and […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Mental Health, Neighborhoods, Poetry - GTC

Trash Can

old man eased across street to knock on iron security door and was ignored till he stepped to bedroom window rapping it to force another old man out did you pull my trash can down to street and fill with shingles and nails hell no then i wonder who did you see anyone just those […]

Also posted in Aging, Neighborhoods, Poetry - GTC

No Room

the bedroom is the kitchen is the living room is the only room is the pit

Also posted in Depression, Mental Health, Poetry - GTC

Refuting Andre Dubus

An acquaintance who’s a stripper in the hardscrabble Merrimack River valley north of Boston recently invited me to her club to meet a man called Devin Wallace in the memoir “Townie” by Andre Dubus III, son of the esteemed short story writer, now deceased, and himself an author of three novels and a collection of […]

Also posted in Andre Dubus, Boston, Marriage, Massachusetts, Movies, Neighborhoods, Writers

Shooting Baskets in Dreams

Generation after Hal moved from two small dingy rooms connected to old house in battery-stealing part of town, he thought dreams had disappeared so was saddened to see himself there shooting baskets. Old friend sat behind and watched errant shots. Damn ceiling’s too low to shoot right. Friend should’ve agreed but only stared as Hal […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Dreams, Drugs, George Thomas Clark, Mental Health, Sacramento, Short Pieces - GTC, Sleep

Blockhead

Riding bull market Bob bought stocks appealing to addled brain and sold U.S. bonds guaranteeing 13.5 percent annually he planned to beat every month. He should’ve begun treatment. After binge phone woke him five p.m. October 19, 1987 when man said, “I heard rumor market dropped 500 points. Possible?” “No, recent weeks stocks down about […]

Also posted in Debt, Economics, George Thomas Clark, Stock Market

Tear Down those Nice Houses

I wish I were a member of the growing juggernaut of elite achievers who can afford to buy beautiful houses in wonderful areas then raze the structures and build something much grander.  This whole process either bespeaks a society of great wealth, energy, and imagination or foretells doom on the scale of sybaritic Romans who […]

Also posted in Neighborhoods