Category Archives: Marijuana

The New Bernie Sanders

Bernie’s in South Carolina trouble. Good old boys and girls down here are worried as hell he’s not only Jewish he’s a communist. And in this debate his Democratic primary adversaries are plenty heated up, too, lashing from all sides as locals cheer. Peach-fuzz Pete Buttigieg says, “It’s time to stop acting like the presidency […]

Also posted in Apartheid, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Lindsey Graham, Pete Buttigieg, South Carolina, Strom Thurmond

Smoking with Willie Nelson

Boyd got up so excited this morning he rode the two toughest broncos on his ranch outside Barstow, did some clever horse trading by phone, and then picked up his girlfriend and drove west four hours to Paso Robles to see Willie Nelson in concert for the first time. Weeks earlier he’d paid a premium […]

Also posted in Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Music, Willie Nelson

Senator Kennedy Bongs Democrats

Democrats who’ve been smoking bongs sometimes ask if I’m President John Kennedy. No, I say, I’m Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, a righteous and God-fearing Republican, and I want you Demos to sober up and admit that no amount of FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will ever satisfy you. I don’t think some of […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump, Sex, Supreme Court

The Marijuana Fair

Poor Curt, a naturally nervous sort, had daily been peeing a lot and obsessing about ancient slights and, prior to showering, cursing those he should’ve socked and those he planned to still. He could not take this anymore but hadn’t much considered what he should do, noting only he’d been having fantasies from decades ago. […]

Also posted in Drugs, Marriage, Woodstock

Escape from Bondage

I was born in Ridgecrest, out in the desert two hours from Bakersfield. There’s a lot of meth there and not much to do. My mom smoked and snorted it and was using all the time when I was a child but careful not to let me see her. I loved her but was hungry […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Doug Bennett, Methamphetamine, Michael Fagans, Pimps, Prostitution, Sex, Slavery

Gypsies in Madrid

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, English, George Thomas Clark, Gypsies, Heroin, Immigration, Madrid, Madrid Vacation, Poverty, Racism, Spain, Theft

Lamar Odom to the Hoop

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Cocaine, Depression, Lamar Odom, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Mental Health, Nicotine, Prostitution

James Garner Mellows Out

I know people think I’m confident and easygoing and maybe I am, now, as an adult but as a kid in Norman, Oklahoma I was scared a lot especially after my mother died and my dad married a horrible woman who beat hell out of my two brothers and me and sometimes made me wear […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Cocaine, Games Garner, John Belushi, Movies, Television

Alcohol v. Pot

I was a happy tourist at the pinnacle of Washington’s Monument when I became woozy and awakened an indeterminate time later in a dungeon. God, kidnapped by terrorists, I thought but reconsidered when several white males, attired in green surgical gowns, marched in and one said, “Experimentation will begin when the chief returns.” “Who’s he […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Barack Obama, Basketball, Drugs, Kevin Durant, Lebron James

Prime Real Estate

Come on in. This Tijuana home may be modest but it’s yours for a tenth you’d pay in San Diego. Now, step back here and check out the kitchen. You won’t have to go out front or back doors. Leave through this fine tunnel and relax in the little rail car rolling seven hundred yards […]

Also posted in Cocaine, Drugs, Mexico, San Diego, Short Pieces - GTC, Tijuana

Michelle Intervenes

“Barack, what’s that smell?” “Just new cleanser they’re using.” “Are you sure?” “Yeah.” “Open this door.” “Can’t, the vice president and I are resolving the immigration and Syrian crises.” “You’re profaning the Oval Office as well as disobeying my directives.” “I’m doing no such thing.” “You think I don’t know.” “How could you?” “I had […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama

Soothing Barack

“Mr. President, you’ve been quite tense.” “Since when?” “Last five years or so.” “Be thankful you bear not my burden, Joe.” “I am, but I’ll have to unless you mellow out.” “I work out, play golf, spend quality time with the wife. What else can I do?” Joe smiled and presented a perfectly rolled cigarette. […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Short Pieces - GTC

Barack Marijuana

Flanked by secret service agents I entered Oval Office and was stunned to see several people circled around presidential desk, inhaling, coughing, and passing pungent marijuana. As female aide placed joint to lips President Barack Obama lunged by three people, snatched smoke from her hands, shouted, “Intercepted,” and took deep drag he long held, as […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Drugs, Politics, Short Pieces - GTC, Tobacco

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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Convincing Phil about Bynum

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson