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Category Archives: Tobacco

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, Cancer, Sex, Smoking, Ty Cobb

Woman on Checkerboard

After emboldening myself I approach “Woman and Checkerboard” and say, “Ma’am, you appear rather morose this morning.” “Is that a surprise? While molten blue eyes pour out my sockets I’m sitting at a table threatened by a gloomy wall and ominous sky and sense Richard Diebenkorn’s going to remove me and other people from his […]

Also posted in Painters, Richard Diebenkorn, Smoking

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, Marijuana, Politics, Short Pieces - GTC

Tobacco: The Holdouts

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Art, Drugs, Los Angeles, Painters, Robert Colescott