Post Card from the Land of Enchantment2

Christmas day. We were forced out of our comfy beds by the grandkids. Let’s get this thing going, they insisted. So after a good cup of coffee we quickly left the hotel and drove as fast as we could to the house with the tree and presents. Got my stocking and an electric tooth brushContinue reading “Post Card from the Land of Enchantment2”

The Tree.

If you had driven down South Simmons Avenue in East Los Angeles back in 1950 at Christmas time and passed a little white adobe house at 1318 and stopped and looked in the window you would have seen what looks like a Charlie Brown-like Christmas Tree. Frail and sparse. No more that a half dozenContinue reading “The Tree.”

Stocking Stuffers.

Dear Christmas stocking stuffing Elves. What to or not to put in my Christmas stocking. Stocking stuffers should not be harrys.com razor blades or Colgate White toothpaste. I want only eatables. Not double-A batteries nor iPhone charging cables or ear buds. No portable chargers; wind-up or chargeable. And for sure no Target gift cards. However,Continue reading “Stocking Stuffers.”

Christmas Los Angeles 1953.

I received as a Christmas gift from my mom and dad a red Schwinn 26-inch single speed bicycle. It had plane black handle grips, big fat balloon tires, and coaster breaks. Breaks you had to pedal backwards in order to stop. The bike was the most basic model. It was like a Ford Fiesta withContinue reading “Christmas Los Angeles 1953.”

Sometimes you do something really stupid.

And when I say you, I really mean me. I do stupid more often than not. However I got it all out of the way early in my college and part-time working career. It all happened one Christmas. Christmas of 1962. While still attending class at a local community college in East Los Angeles IContinue reading “Sometimes you do something really stupid.”