41 years ago…

…a 27-year-old girl from Port Arthur, Texas died in a hotel room in Hollywood from an overdose of heroin. Janis Joplin was unlike any other before or since. I never knew (or didn’t remember) the name of the hotel where she died until today. It’s funny, but it never occurred to me before to want…

autumn approaches

San Diego is known for its beautiful weather all year long. That’s why those of us who have lived here a while kind of relish the slight change of season that occurs around this time. It’s a strange mix. During the day, most days, it’s hot and the Santa Ana winds blow and inevitably lead…

vamos Gigantes

Well, it’s that time of year again.  The challenge to write once a day in November.  I’ll give it my best. The big thing today is that the San Francisco Giants have a chance to win the World Series tonight.  Why do I care?  Because I happen to be among a circle of friends who…

darn it all

I’ve already bombed out on NaBloPoMo, but I’ll try to make it up. Plus I think I have a good reason. Here’s what happened. Yesterday, I went to the grocery store after work. Actually, both Target and the grocery store because Target is much cheaper on most of the staples. With the time change, it…

haunted # 19 & # 20 – ghostly phrases

# 19 Ghost in the Machine Yes, a great album by The Police, but what does it mean?  I have always thought that this phrase stemmed from an explanation of sorts to define metaphorically why computers or other technological equipment have their occasional quirks.  However, in researching the phrase today, I didn’t find anything like…

haunted # 18

Your Ghost written & performed by: Steve Poltz for John Lentz Last night i looked for you but you could not be found I felt your ghost in my room dancing all around And i tried to talk to you but there was no reply I sat up shaking in my bed and then i…

haunted # 12 – 17

I apologize for the lack of updates.  But I’m trying to make up for it with different ‘haunting’ moments for each day.  I hope you enjoy. # 12 Marc Tiesen Marc Tiesen was one of Han’s best friends in and after high school.  They were in bands together, wrote songs, got into trouble.  Sadly, Marc…

haunted #7-11

# 7 Ghost in this House written by: Hugh Prestwood performed by Alison Krauss: video here I don’t pick up the mail I don’t pick up the phone I don’t answer the door I’d just as soon be alone I don’t keep this place up I just keep the lights down I don’t live in…

haunted # 5 & # 6 – tattoo and a song

# 5 I have a tattoo. It’s a feather pen & ink-pot that was drawn for me by a friend in college. I got the ink during a spring break trip to Seattle with 4 of my closest friends at the time, though I can’t remember if it was my junior or sophomore year. All…

haunted # 4 – Janis Joplin

My love for October and Janis Joplin have been well documented on my blog. These are truths of me, glimpses into my core. I can’t help it. The Janis thing has been with me probably since the last year of high school or early college. Her voice unleashed something raw and beautiful, or at least…