Monthly Archives: September 2018

9/25/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty five, Toxic Environments #2, version #2)

It was like that the entire first week on this job, for all of us scabs. The smell of that dusty, toxic mess stayed with us long after we got back to the motel room. The worst part was the chemical burns. Every day, we’d get back and check out the redness around our eyes [...]

By | 2018-09-25T17:27:21+00:00 September 25th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/25/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty five, Toxic Environments #2, version #2)

9/24/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty four, Toxic Environments #1, version #2)

Well… it wasn’t exactly Topeka. That’s just where I was told we were going when I asked. “Some God-forsaken hellhole by Topeka.” I had no idea what he was talking about. “What’s so hellhole-ish about a job near Topeka?” “You’ll find out, new guy.” The whole thing was a mystery and I got nothing but enigmatic [...]

By | 2018-09-24T05:45:22+00:00 September 24th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/24/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty four, Toxic Environments #1, version #2)

9/23/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty three, A Long Way from Home version #2)

A Long Way from HomeOn the side of the freeway. State highway seventy-two. Well south of I-80. South Omaha. Near the stockyards. I’m on my way home. Heh… home? Am I calling my dingy little dungeon of a room in midtown home now? I guess... now I’ve gone and made this crazy journey to pay [...]

By | 2018-09-24T05:51:21+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/23/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty three, A Long Way from Home version #2)

9/22/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty two, Unskilled Omaha version #2)

Chapter Five Scab Unskilled Omaha After paying rent and the several days of my (perhaps a bit unwise) street punk feeding program, what was left of the two hundred bucks I’d gotten from Fred was down to practically nothing by the time I showed up on the job site. The guy who'd hired me hadn't [...]

By | 2018-09-23T13:14:52+00:00 September 22nd, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/22/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty two, Unskilled Omaha version #2)

9/20/18: Comfortably Naked

“Just beyond / yourself. // It’s where / you need / to be. // Half a step / into / self-forgetting / and the rest / restored / by what / you’ll meet. // There is a road / always beckoning. // When you see / the two sides / of it / closing together [...]

By | 2018-09-21T07:23:58+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Random Awesomeness|Comments Off on 9/20/18: Comfortably Naked

9/19/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty one, Omaha on a String version #2)

Omaha on a String But before I got the job to get that money, the money that would allow me to keep my dingy little basement room (for a while anyway) before I got that job, I had a few days to get to know my new little gang of “punks”. Of course, we didn’t [...]

By | 2018-09-23T13:18:11+00:00 September 19th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/19/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty one, Omaha on a String version #2)

9/18/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty, Omaha on a Shingle version #2)

Omaha on a Shingle The ally outside my dingy little basement dungeon of a room, is also a hangout spot for this group of kids. Most appear to be in their early teens, a few as young as eight or nine. I've seen them nearly every day now, on my way in or out. They [...]

By | 2018-09-19T07:03:13+00:00 September 18th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/18/18: Predators and Scammers (Part forty, Omaha on a Shingle version #2)

9/17/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty nine, Omaha Affirmations version #2)

Omaha Affirmations I’m sitting on the floor, in the middle of MY room. The dim diffuse glow reflected off an adjacent building, struggles to define MY four walls. High up one of these walls… the only window from which natural light can enter, is open. Random street sounds from the road beyond MY alley… an [...]

By | 2018-09-17T06:36:48+00:00 September 17th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/17/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty nine, Omaha Affirmations version #2)

9/16/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty eight, Omaha Mastications version #2)

Omaha Mastications One might say that the moment we walked into our new apartment in Omaha, the writing was on the wall for our little makeshift family from Norfolk. But a better metaphor would probably be the bloodstain on the floor. Only… it was not a metaphorical bloodstain, it was a very real bloodstain. It [...]

By | 2018-09-16T11:29:32+00:00 September 16th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/16/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty eight, Omaha Mastications version #2)