A Hillcrest Homeless Story

This afternoon, I’m walking down University Ave. in San Diego’s Hillcrest district, not far from Bank of America. Before me, a clearly homeless guy carries a white trash bag full of aluminum cans, which are redeemable for a nickel each in California. To his right, lying against a building’s wall, shaded from the blistering sun,…

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Christmas Uncommon

There’s something wrong with American culture and emphasis on the individual. I got to thinking about it today when yet another neighbor dragged another dried-out Christmas into the common area and out into the back alley—this one spewing white spray-on fake snow to go with the pine needles. I live in a small apartment complex—nine…

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Flip Flap

  Recently my wife attended a seminar in Las Vegas; she returned with a souvenir, Flip Flap, for our daughter. While sick with the flu last week, I made two quickie videos for testing purposes, using the Nokia N900 cell phone and Leica D-LUX 4 compact digicam. Because my wife so liked Flip Flap, the…

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Short Zzzzzs

Back in my twenties, when I lived a more nomadic lifestyle and slept little, someone told me that former President John Kennedy would take three-minute naps. I found the concept to be totally ridiculous. How could anyone sleep for three minutes? A short nap couldn’t work for me. The younger Joe, fired up with caffeine,…

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