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Category Archives: Interstate 5

The Trafficked Life

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Bakersfield, Drugs, Highway 58, Highway 99, Michael Fagans, Pimps, Prostitution, Slavery

Bon Qui Qui at King Burger

I must’ve been beset by Baby Boomer inertia as I read about young comedian Anjelah Johnson coming to Bakersfield in a couple of days. She’s cute, I thought, and her act is probably funny and it’s cool she used to be a Raider cheerleader, but that was all until two hours before the show on […]

Also posted in Anjelah Johnson, Bakersfield, Bon Qui Qui, Comedians, YouTube

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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Speeding on Interstate 5

For three days Robert chased fun in the Bay Area then realized he had nowhere to go but the home he’d been so anxious to leave.  Driving back on blistered and dreary Interstate 5, he repeatedly inserted and ejected rock and classical CDs that no longer roused but irritated and urged him to conclude seventy […]

Also posted in Cars & Driving, George Thomas Clark