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I have long waited for a picture of these two together.
Wanna see who is in those shoes? Well, just click over to see it below.
Warning: Not for the faint of heart.
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Posted at 12:23 PM in West Hollywood | Permalink
Yesterday as I walked Hector & Monji's dear dogs I had an incident.
As a good civic-minded dog walker I always pick up their poop. Always.
Well, yesterday just happened to be trash pick-up day so...
I tied the crap bags into one big bag of hefty poop.
I was a distance from the curbside trash bins so I gave it a nice arc-ing fling.
There was a satisfying thud. Followed my a man's yelp.
Suddenly up popped a dumpster diver. He looked at me and said, "Really?"
I apologized and replied, "Please tell me that that didn't hit you in the head."
He laughed, "Of course It did!" An awkward pause followed.
Then I flung him a punchline, "I guess that makes you a real shit head."
We enjoyed a nice laugh together. Thankfully.
Yes, that is actually a pic of him.
Posted at 10:25 AM in Chuck'les, West Hollywood | Permalink
The other day I was waiting for the bus on Sunset Blvd. There was a homeless man eating some leftovers he'd dug out of the trash. He seemed quite content with his find.
That is until another homeless guy showed up...
The intruding homeless guy had a sign that said PLEASE HELP and he was walking among the cars stopped at the light.
This angered and interupted the first homeless guy's lunch as he stood up and yelled, "Hey, you can't panhandle here. This is my spot."
The second guy ignored him and continued walking through the heavy mid-day traffic.
The first one continued while waiving a spork in the air, "Hey, you. It's illegal to panhandle here. You need to leave before I call the Mayor."
That triggered a response, "You don't have no Mayor's number and besides I see you panhandle here all the time. Don't the laws apply to you too?"
Now with arms akimbo the first guy said, "No asshole, I am not subject to your human laws."
The second guy angrily asked, "What the fuck does that mean?"
The first guy did a big (and impressive) doo-wop move and proclaimed with his proud gesture of matter-of-fact, "I am from outer space - your human laws do not apply to me."
It worked as there just was no arguing with that so the second guy shrugged and took off down the street.
Satisfied with himself he returned to his lunch. He took a bite and then realized that I had been a witness to this bizarre encounter. He looked up and I asked, "Are you really from outer space?"
He pointed his spork in my direction and said cooly, "Not really."
Posted at 10:10 AM in Chuck'les, Crazies, Los Angeles Today, West Hollywood | Permalink
This is the family portrait we gathered to take on Thanksgiving 2000.
Nancy was very ill and wanted a record of the family together before she...
Well, you know.
This photo was taken toward the beginning of her 4 year battle.
The only good thing her death did for me was bring me closer to my family.
Not that I was entirely estranged...
But for a few members of the family my being gay was a bit of an issue.
Which just made things a tad weird thru the years. And kept me away.
Before we left for the photography studio my niece Crissy pulled me aside,
"Uncle Chuck, I really owe you an apology."
Curiosity crossed my face as I asked, "An apology? For what?"
She continued, "I wasted all these years thinking you were weird."
I gulped and tried to make light to deflect the awkward moment, "I am weird!"
Crissy stopped me, "No. You're so cool. I hate that I didn't see that before."
I pulled her to me in a tight and tender embrace - one of genuine warmth.
While well-hugged she concluded, "I just hope you can accept my apology."
I was tip-lipped owing to tearing-up but I managed a quiet, "Of course."
That moment may be a small moment for her but it was pivotal for me.
And from that day forward our relationship deepened & it's been wonderful.
Crissy is the young blond on the left just behind the boy, Nancy's son Alec.
Posted at 04:07 PM in Family, Nancy | Permalink
I came across this photo today. Dad, Sandi (stepmother) and Nancy (lil sis).
Thanksgiving 2000. We gathered in Phoenix for a family portrait.
Nancy was very ill and we didn't know how much longer we'd have her.
Because once she passed our family portrait would forever change.
We got lucky and had her another 3 years.
Today marks the 8th anniversary of Nancy's passing.
Today also marks the 22nd day since my dad's passing.
Missing them both today. So much this Valentine's Day.
Posted at 11:23 AM in Dad, Family, Nancy | Permalink