Childhood Tales

Revenge of the Chevy

October 20, 2008
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Revenge of the Chevy

Between 1960 and 1977 my mother was in the dating pool and, as the only child, I usually had no complaints. She managed to keep her son at the top level of importance and then everything fell in line after that. There was only one glaring misstep and, to this day, I can’t figure...
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Into the Arms of Darkness

October 16, 2008
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Into the Arms of Darkness

I began running track in junior high school because, number one, I was an athlete with energy to blow off but, number two, it was the kind of singular endeavor that I could approach all on my own without the immediate concern of teamwork. I loved sports like basketball and hockey but my natural...
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My Greatest Scheme Ever!

October 9, 2008
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My Greatest Scheme Ever!

Yes, this was my greatest scheme ever and it’s a shame that it happened so early in life because I don’t think I was sophisticated enough to realize just how brilliant it was. It was 1959 and I was an imaginative 3rd grader with time on his hands (what 3rd grader doesn’t have time...
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Half Full of Blind Faith

October 5, 2008
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Half Full of Blind Faith

I was seemingly born with a naiveté reserved for someone with far less brain power than myself but that did not prevent me from being unable to understand why something would be less than advertised or someone would be deceptive if they were a friend. Now I’m a card carrying, rant-toting, discriminating thinker with...
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OCD Days for Dad

September 26, 2008
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OCD Days for Dad

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD as it is called is a mental circus act that causes a person to irrationally focus on a particular function or object. Another of its forms is where a person returns to an action, the same action over and over, expecting a different outcome each time. This type of...
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Petey Redux

September 16, 2008
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Petey Redux

Recently my mother recalled a classic Petey moment and I’d be remiss not to include it in the collection (see the prior September 14th entry “Petey”). As I’d mentioned earlier, my dad’s (father #2) mother lived with us for a while when I was 2 to 3 years old and was there for the...
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Petey

September 14, 2008
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Petey

Up until I was age 9 or so we always had various animals around, as a direct result of my dad’s (father #2) other occupation as a professional magician. Doves, for instance, were a staple of the act, as were ducks and the occasional rabbit. Petey? Well, Petey was definitely not scheduled to hit...
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A Real Riot, part 1

September 4, 2008
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A Real Riot, part 1

Life with its infinite randomness can be affected by the simplest of twists or turns. One choice leads you to one end and another leads somewhere else completely. Instinct is probably your greatest ally and to ignore it is to dismiss a built-in protection system but I wasn’t thinking that on the way to...
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Baby’s First Words…

August 20, 2008
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Baby’s First Words…

By the time I was 3 years old I was still without the use of the English language. I indicated my preferences with finger pointing and various grunts and groans. “Son, would you like some potatoes?”, and then I’d give some garbled response that, I’m assuming, my mother had learned to decode because then...
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A Tall Order

August 19, 2008
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A Tall Order

Occasionally during the summers my mother and I would go and visit my Great Aunt Louise at her cabin in Brainerd, Minnesota but from about the ages of 10 to 12 I got to go alone, put on a bus with a note pinned to my chest and Greyhounded off to the north, land...
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