Yard Sale Report for 04/14/12 Including The Sex Toy Story

The Yard Sale Gods cooperated nicely this last weekend and the weather was nearly perfect for an exuberance of stuff. The season is still young and looking for sales is a little bit like walking in the garden and looking for new shoots, there are plenty to go around, but the ground is not yet … 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

Second Yard Sale Day of the Season Report

Saturday was the second beautiful day in a row here in the Great North West. Although it’s still very early in the yard sale season, the 2nd day of a 2 day run of nice weather is usually a pretty good bet. I mean, when the weather is nasty and the grass is wet, people … Continue reading

The Best Seat in the House!

I lived in Japan for many years… Well, for 6 years anyway. Now that I look back on my life, that doesn’t seem so long relatively, but at the time it often seemed like an eternity. Like most foreigners, I taught English to impressionable young Japanese students, drilling them on their use of the letters … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Dear Friend.

Last Friday, on the 9th of March, an old friend passed away. Not just a friend, but also a teacher and a mentor who in many ways, altered the course of my life and became a part of my own history and personal mythology. He was a man of principle and authority, with a quick … Continue reading

Adventures in Traveling With My Father

Every year as a boy, my father would take me on a fishing trip to the Big Sky country of Montana. I still vividly remember the long hours spent driving across Utah, where the vast, flat expanses of barren white salt desert reflected the sky so perfectly that you could not find the horizon. The … Continue reading

First Yard Sale Report of the Season

The weather was not great this morning. Although it was not raining when I got up, the forecast called for rain, the skies were threatening. In any case, I decided to go ahead and do the first yard sale day of the season. Like the shooting of the bamboo, the flowering of the cherry and … Continue reading

Yard Sales & Sweet Potato Pie

Going to yard sales is like reading a book of short stories with a general theme, but an unending assortment of characters and situations. The stories you find there are a long random string of pearls strung through a city with a blacktop thread. The stories themselves, like pearls, are grown from small grains of … Continue reading

A Japanese Dog Story

Some of you may know that I lived for many years in Japan, teaching English, writing for newspapers, and making masks. It was a strange country… that place of the rising mists. There was a mix of the sublime mysterious temples and the steep narrow streets. The cherry trees, heavy with subtle blossoms, and the ancient … Continue reading

Al and the Hubcaps…

I used to work at the Benson Hotel in Portland Oregon, a fine old hotel with crystal chandeliers, a grand palatial stair case and an elegant entry hall all paneled in a dark rich walnut so rare now as to be considered extinct. I worked with a cast of characters as odd and eclectic as … Continue reading