Posts Tagged ‘childhood’

A Memory of Snails

I was struck by a sudden memory from my youth the other night, as I walked by two young girls and their cheap, fragile toys that had been scattered across a public sidewalk.

Things I wanted to be when I grew up

“G.I. Joe.”  Just generically G.I. Joe.  No specific character.  I think that’s weird, looking back, but whatever.  (Early 80’s.)

Safe at Home

I’ve recently been criticized because I refused to give out my home address to my supervisor, who was inquiring suspiciously (in my opinion) and, besides, don’t you have it on file? I’ve been nervous about giving out my address before (even to friends and lovers), and feel I have good reasons.  Those reasons are:  My […]


I’ve been trying to piece together my childhood weekends. Of course, when very young, it was up early on Saturdays for cartoons like The Little’s and Smurfs and so on, which gradually morphed into the unlimited crappy sci-fi that was endlessly run on the UHF channels – Space: 1999, the Logan’s Run and Planet of […]

Lego Maniac

Just to confirm that I’m a loser, I’ve been doing this thing for the last four years that I call “Sci-Fi Saturday.” I wake up early, brew up a huge pot of good coffee, make Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (which have been a Saturday breakfast tradition since I was ten), and then settle in for sci-fi […]


When I was a kid, I wanted to be a long distance truck driver. Except without responsibility, city driving, or timelines. I wasn’t against the idea of hauling cargo across the country, I just wanted to pick it up at lonely country depots and leisurely make my way to the drop off point at an […]

Holiday Resolutions

Back from two weeks in the UK – Christmas with a group of old friends, together for the first time in about a decade. All grown up and married with kids, so I was the weird bachelor who drunkenly played with the infant. I found myself, especially on New Years Eve, to be on the […]