Yard Sale Report from 07/14/12 plus the Widower and the Catholic

It was an interesting weekend at the yard sales. The weather was excellent and the people were friendly and engaged. There were literally hundreds of sales going on and the competition was spread a bit thin, which is not so great for the sellers, but can be killer for the buyers. The juncture of good … Continue reading

Scams, Scanners, Taxis, and the Cosmic Cabbie

It was back in the early 90’s and I had just recently returned to Santa Cruz after living 6 years in Japan. So much had changed during my years abroad that it was as if I had returned home, only to find myself still traveling, still adrift in a strange country. One night while visiting … Continue reading

Terrible nasty things in the Presidential Suite.

As I mentioned in a previous story, I once worked as Security for a famous local hotel, which again, for the purposes of this story and to protect myself from lawsuits, I will not name. At the time, I usually referred to myself as a Security Diplomat rather than a Security Guard, and sometimes as, … Continue reading

Corruption

For several years, I worked security for a famous Portland hotel which, for reasons soon to be obvious I will not name. Although it did not pay very well, it was an interesting job and every day brought a host of unique and sometimes even bizarre situations. In a hotel, particularly one as steeped in … Continue reading