Monthly Archives: September 2018

9/15/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty seven, Omaha Adumbrations version #2)

Chapter Four New Blood   Omaha Somewhere in middle America Get right to the heart of matters It’s the heart that matters more I think you’d better turn your ticket in And get your money back at the door —— Adam Duritz -------------------------------------------- Omaha Adumbrations I’ve been looking at Google maps and Wikipedia entries. Trying to [...]

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9/14/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty six, Omaha Motivations #3 version #2)

Omaha Motivations #3 My adult self can't help but feel that I'm very lucky Fred talked me into leaving my job in Norfolk that weekend.  Yea… that’s what I said. Fred had no idea... but he might have been saving my life. When he said whatever it was he said after putting that money in [...]

By |2018-09-15T20:53:45+00:00September 14th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/14/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty six, Omaha Motivations #3 version #2)

9/13/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty five, Omaha Motivations #2 version #2)

Omaha Motivations #2 I wasn’t in a blurry haze this time. This time I felt like I’d shifted into another dimension or something. A reality that looked a lot like the one I'd just been in... only in this one, my frantic tizzy was gone. My cool friend Fred had cajoled me out of it. [...]

By |2018-09-14T07:56:11+00:00September 13th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/13/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty five, Omaha Motivations #2 version #2)

9/12/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty four, Omaha Motivations #1 version #2)

Omaha Motivations #1 In January of 1978, the minimum wage was raised from $2.30 to $2.65 per hour all over the country. By the second Saturday of that September… after a little over two weeks in this mid-sized Nebraska town, I cashed my first paycheck as a full-time laborer in Norfolk. Nearly two hundred dollars [...]

By |2018-09-12T10:49:21+00:00September 12th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/12/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty four, Omaha Motivations #1 version #2)

9/11/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty three, Norfolk Maneuvers version #2)

Norfolk Maneuvers Yes, I wanted to believe him. I wanted to believe the promise that I would get to go on the road with cool Fred Berdine's cool band and start living the rock and roll lifestyle he kept talking about. but when I started asking about exactly when all this coolness was going to [...]

By |2018-09-11T13:22:21+00:00September 11th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/11/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty three, Norfolk Maneuvers version #2)

9/10/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty two, A Special Kind of Liar version #2)

Chapter Three Same old Same old... A Special Kind of Liar There's no way Fred was expecting me. He had every reason to think he’d never see me again. More than a week had passed since I’d witnessed the way cool Fred Berdine nearly choked to death in the clutches of his former boss. That was [...]

By |2018-09-20T01:27:33+00:00September 10th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/10/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty two, A Special Kind of Liar version #2)

9/9/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty one, The Equalizer version #2)

The Equalizer And then it got weird. The weird thing that happened on this new road (Kansas state highway 160) was that I got a ride like… Like, right away. I mean… I didn’t even have time to walk very far, or sit down or anything. I’d just made it from the access ramp to [...]

By |2018-09-09T13:51:24+00:00September 9th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/9/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty one, The Equalizer version #2)

9/8/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty, The First Ride version #2)

The First Ride I throw my battered old suitcase into the back of the pickup truck and move to the side of the cab. A man on the passenger side has stepped out and holds the door. He gestures for me to get in. I do and slide over, next to the man driving. After [...]

By |2018-09-08T11:10:38+00:00September 8th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/8/18: Predators and Scammers (Part thirty, The First Ride version #2)

9/7/18: Predators and Scammers (Part twenty nine, A Moment Like No Other version #2)

Chapter Two Freedom and Lies Along the Road   A Moment Like No Other Walking. And then… Sitting, watching, waiting. Not waiting. Taking in, all that is on this road. And beyond. And then… Walking again. This is much different from the travel bug I got (and still have) from my European adventure while in [...]

By |2018-09-08T10:50:15+00:00September 7th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/7/18: Predators and Scammers (Part twenty nine, A Moment Like No Other version #2)

9/6/18: Predators and Scammers (Part twenty eight, Born for Adventure version #2)

Born for Adventure In 1978 Oklahoma was experiencing an oil boom, mostly out on “the pan handle” so Enid was the perfect place for George’s little army of predators and scammers to set up their base. Twice a big as Norfolk and twice as rich, Enid’s predominant culture of newly well-off oil workers was much [...]

By |2018-09-07T23:47:59+00:00September 6th, 2018|For The Book!|Comments Off on 9/6/18: Predators and Scammers (Part twenty eight, Born for Adventure version #2)