My Vid is Bad/Good

    It started with a book called Talking2Trees. I wrote this biographical book over many years, pulling stories from my past that all had a common theme: Something unlikely happened. I mean something very unlikely really happened. I thought it might be interesting to record myself reading one of the stories, so I sat in front of the computer and did a pretty lame job of it. But did I stop there? Oh no. I figured that it might be 20% cooler if I used sound effects. I put an ad on Craigslist for a guy who could make good vocal sound effects and got one response: the guy at the beginning of the vid, so I hired him sight unseen. I...

Love Stinks Sep13

Love Stinks

Love stinks. It smells like pee. At least it did that summer evening when my friend was riding the subway under the streets of Mexico City where nearly twenty-nine million people scurried overhead. He’d been alone in his seat for some time when a wall-eyed young man, as torn and disordered as yesterday’s newspaper, wandered down the aisle. They glanced at each other and my offered the apparently homeless man a smile. That was invitation enough. The raggedy man swung into the seat next to my friend and began an animated conversation in a language so garbled that not a word could be understood. It was obvious he had a disability and perhaps...

Dog’s Wall Walking Career Comes to an End Maybe Jul17

Dog’s Wall Walking C...

My dog Chico is a Wall Walker. That’s the only way I can think of to try to explain what he does. He walks horizontally across the face of cliffs as perpendicular as a wall, especially the cliff face behind the little theater in the community where we live. The first time I saw him do this, I...