fbpx

Category Archives: Cancer

Call from Above

Pushing the telephone at her husband, she says, “Donald, John McCain wants to speak to you.” “Knock it off, Melania.” She puts the phone to her ear and listens again. “He insists, Donald.” “I don’t like pranks,” he says, taking the phone. “Who the hell’s this? You want the secret service on your tail.” “Look […]

Also posted in Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Health, Insurance, John McCain, Melania Trump, Vietnam

Babe and Billy

“Hey, Kid, get out here,” Babe says, inhaling cold air and exhaling hard. “This place is our Yankee Stadium.” A wiry man of medium height appears and says, “How about you quit calling me Kid.” “I’ll be happy to, soon as I learn your name.” “How long you need? I’ve been here thirty years.” “I’ve […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Billy Martin, Sex, Smoking, Tobacco, Ty Cobb

Happy Hairston in Shower

On a fall evening in 1967, Rick Barry isn’t at Sacramento High School. Neither is Oscar Robertson. Barry after two splendid seasons with the San Francisco Warriors is sitting out this one in order to later earn more money by playing in the wild new American Basketball Association of multi-colored balls and three-point shots. I […]

Also posted in Basketball, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Happy Hairston, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Sacramento, Wilt Chamberlain

The Colonoscopy

“I’ve been waiting a long time,” Gerald said after being wheeled into the examination room. “We’re busy because Dr. Jackson’s the finest gastroenterologist in town,” said the nurse. “If there’s a polyp in your colon, he’ll find it.” “I’m real nervous.” “You’ll be fine. I’m giving you two medications for your nerves and two for […]

Also posted in Boxing, Colonoscopy, Doctors, Jiujitsu, Mixed Martial Arts

Bogie in Brief

Dad’s a great guy and doctor until investments plunge and morphine soars. Mother paints pretty children far from her nerves. One sister dies young the other’s not right. I escape to Broadway where some call me next Valentino. After plays I caress ladies smoking and drinking till dawn. First time in Hollywood executives ignore me […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Movies, Music, Smoking, Tobacco

Preemption

stalker aims at breasts she removes

Also posted in Poetry - GTC

Death on the High School Website

Last fall, just before deadline, I bought a ticket to the forty-year reunion of my high school class in Sacramento. I wanted to see about ninety percent of the people on the party list but had hesitated, fearing that a few of the rest might say something insulting and there’d be unpleasantness so a few […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Cars & Driving, Education, Energy, George Thomas Clark