Me: I need to go up to the Chinese laundry in Teele Square. The lady who co-owns the place, she won't always mend my things. She says, I won't try to imitate her accent, but she says like, "Henry. These trousers are "moth-eaten." Do you understand "moth-eaten?""

Dad: That sounds like your mother.

Me: I know! The first words that came into my brain were "Yes, Mom!" :)

Me: I've always been a curmudgeon.

Dad: Henry, you're less of a curmudgeon at 62 than you were when you were 5!

Me: That's true.

both: lol!

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My life sounds exciting in my

Ofc, fictional.

To the degree some things did happen, my life has been mostly me glowering like Beethoven punctuated with moments of pure wonder, delight, and/or extreme weirdness.

I've known people who walked the same path. A few.

With most folks, I'm glad when they experience one of my weird adventures. And I ask, do things like this happen to you all the time? And they Wat? Do things like this happen all the time to you Henry?

Um... possibly❓


I saw BB King in Ann Arbor in the early '90's. He had a broken leg and my heart went out to him. I thought he's literally on his last leg... he must really need money.

Then he started to play. And waves of love come from us to him and he just inflated and came to life. It was a kind of real magic, if you will. And he played past midnight at least 5 encores and he would not stop even when the fire marshal shut the place down. They had to physically remove him from the stage. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️


The funniest of these shots was the Dad pushing the kid in the red stroller car.

I asked if I could take their picture and Dad scowls and said, "What's it for?" [I then said no commercial purpose and he said okay]

The boy turns around, looks at Dad, then turns back and pulls this scowling face at me. Hilarious!

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I'm uploading the first three episodes of "Dad Remembers" to YouTube. Sorry I can't post them here but we co-own the production and he's very specific right now that "I don't want to see these on social media."

The main point is to get these made and produced. So far I think they are great straight and unedited. I love the vérité. Indeed, his Dadness is increasing exponentially with each episode. ❤️


The Moon
We were at Eugene Debs Coop where I lived, sitting on the front porch couch, holding hands. There was a bright full moon. I was reading "Drawing Down the Moon" so I did.

Moonlight filigree like spiders web connected everyone, every living thing.

Guy grooving up the sidewalk to the porch, 4 inches from my eyeballs.

You're controlling everything here, aren't you? Eyes big as saucers.

Well yes, but no, I'm not actually making anyone do anything, just looking.

Cool, man!


When I was at HiK in Sweden I taught at FOJO, a Swedish institute for education of journalists. Christmas and a class of journalists from former Warsaw Pact, former Yugoslavia, and I were hanging out having a Christmas party with costumes and drinking merrily.

A respected senior journalist from Poland named Grejina turns to me, "Hendry, we have qvestion. Are you spy for CIA?"

"I don't think I'd be a very good spy if I said, "Yes"

"We are journalists. We are all spies."

All: lol

Wise Woman to Princess Di:

You will never be Queen. And he will never be King.

👑 👑 ❌ ❌


The Haji

I got my second COVID jab today, Moderna. On the way back, I asked the Lyft driver about a medallion with a picture of the sacred precincts around the Kaaba.

I asked it that round thing up there can I ask is it from Makkah?

Yes. It's the Kaaba.

Did you go on the Haj?

Yes!

And he was off and running. Got to learn a good bit of his experience of the Haj and some of the basic principles of Islam. He was teaching me the pillars of Islam. In Arabic and English. Cool.


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Let me see what I can wrangle up.
Or not wrangle.
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C.
We don't know yet.
or not cool
Its Schrödinger's wrangle
C.
That sounds inappropriate. I'm going to refer to my supervisors. One moment
lol
C.
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So.
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C.
I'm kidding.
omg you finally got me
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Humor me. They don't let me go home. I sleep under my desk at night.
I hear you
been there done that
at OLPC the couch had a waiting list



I started an oral history with my Dad called Dad Remembers. I used my commercial zoom account so we could record.

He was full of Dadisms, starting with, "I was born in 1935, at a very young age."

I can't put this on social media right now as its mostly for family but he agreed I can edit so maybe in the future we can do some webisodes.


In high school, I had this really elaborate dream that revolved around an extra day of the week just suddenly appearing, like a "wild new day of the week has appeared."

Zwangday.

People were pissed because since it was between Thursday and Friday it was a school and work-day. But a lot of people were like, "fuck it it's Zwangday" and did whatever.

The authorities and media all acted like there had always been a Zwangday and only a few malcontents were like, WTF is Zwangday???


My brother killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot 25 years ago.

I see him in my dreams & his role is ambiguous. He is tending bar in a roadhouse in Purgatory. He is Captain Nemo, with a beard only on one side of his face, the other, cleanshaven. Mostly he is an NPC, you can tell he's not there but sometimes he seems alive and I'm sad then on waking.

I keep his backpack as he left it by the door, he could walk in & I would totally go with it. Love you bro, now & always. ❤️


I went to Diesel cafe today. It's changed. No more big open welcoming room with pool tables in the back.

Now it's like a 1980's Manhattan bodega, small empty room with the teller windows in the back. 21st century feature is the single ordering terminal. It remembered my email and automagically sent me a receipt. Nice? but somewhat creepy.

Their coffee is still the best. And their ham and cheese croissant, which looks like a bun, is still super awesome for $4.35.

Nationwide, Zombie-Inflicted Deaths (ZID) have dropped to only 2000 people per day in the US. Accordingly, the State of Texas is dropping all mandatory anti-zombie precautions.


Me: I've always been a curmudgeon!

Dad: You're less of a curmudgeon now than when you were five!

I'm 62 and he's 85. :)

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Radio Days
I was once accused of obscenity and threatened with arrest for participating in a "burping contest" on a radio show called "The Happy Hicks."

There were no offensive words, just burping and belching.

You know you've got a mighty belch when people threaten to report it to the FCC and the police.


I was interviewing Allen Ginsberg on WCBN-FM and we were talking about William Burroughs.

Allen said he and 'Lawrence' [Ferlinghetti] hadn't heard from Bill in quite a while so they flew over to Morocco to visit him.

They found his apartment floor papered with typewritten papers about 5 deep. They scraped it up and put it in a suitcase, and published it more or less as collected. That was Bill's revolutionary cutups technique.

He said, to write poetry, "Let your wine maunder."

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