Lightning Strikes Again

Traveling in time via excerpts from Waiting for Westmoreland—Vietnam, 1968/Washington, DC, 1979-1982. Any other night, I might be outside catching the breeze, smoking a joint. Or taking a nap on the balcony that ran round the ATC. Not this night. Sixty feet off the ground, the air traffic control tower at Long Thanh North shook. […]

Waters of Life Flow Within, explained

We posted this mashup on July 2nd to minimal response. Perhaps a rewrite might help.  What’s a mashup you may ask? For one thing, it’s a bit of this and that; often with excerpts from Waiting for Westmoreland. That memoir covers my life from youth through Vietnam and beyond into relationships and marriage; plus the […]

Pink Floyd–Live in 1975

The Wish You Were Here Tour! The concert came after my first year at Georgetown Law Center. Like me, the upperclassman who led our law club (an intro to 1st year students on how to do legal research, etc.) was a big Pink Floyd fan. He got us tickets for Floyd on June 10, 1975, […]

Waters of Life Flow Within

Yes, it IS another mashup; do you like them?  Snippets of time, places, people and events juxtaposed. Either you like the Talking Heads or you don’t (the song is “Once in a Lifetime”). Maybe waterfalls? Dune? Traveling the US? Same as before, but my water of life needed more than a Kwisatz Haderach could give. […]

The Depot—a Short-Lived Club and Music Venue

More Concerts—or at least where I caught the tunes. The Depot in Minneapolis once was a Greyhound Bus station, reincarnated as a club in early 1970. I’m unsure where the buses went, but a bar and a dance floor with live music replaced them. [Interestingly, a man who became a father-in-law two and a half-years later, […]

Musings from Long Ago–Hippies and Freaks

A repost from March, 2015 that no one noticed then. I never fully embraced the hippie life. I had more essential things to do with my life–protesting the war and trying to get an education post-Vietnam. The nuance between freaks and hippies escapes me now. Which countercultural group did I identify with more? Hmm, can’t say that […]

Neil Diamond, June 1970, Minneapolis Auditorium

The next concert–way more to come in a long list. Not a big fan of the guy—then or now. He definitely had a great voice then. But it wasn’t about the music. That was a warm-up, a reason to be out for the evening and part way into the night. Jill liked Neil; me occasionally. […]

When You’re Strange

When You’re Strange, A repost Don’t you love the Doors? But this isn’t about music, except for one more passing reference. Ray Stevens would be aghast. The song lyrics might as well be, “Everyone is strange in their own way.” For decades now, my wife has said I’m strange. I welcome the epithet as an amusing […]

Snippets Cut from Cold Cloth

Mashups–Did them before; let’s do them again. (Mashups–a bit of this and that; often includes snippets from Waiting for Westmoreland [tenth edition] along with other memoir material, AND thoughts or perspectives on writing, thematic observations, etc.) Snippets cut from cold cloth. Allusions and associations. So Cold in China, a Leo Kottke song title. Cold Shot, […]