Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Life as a Boy — Chapter 101

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At this age, the competition hasn't yet become a problem, but as we age together, we start to compete for family, social position, pecking order...you know.
I know a hell of a lot of girls who only think about making their girlfriends jealous. Oh, here's an outfit that will make you the ENVY of your crowd. That's always the ambition in some circles, notably those that cater to the reality show concept, which is to live under the continual eye of the camera and interested parties, and to be utterly scriptless. Dream on, sister. Those reality shows did, indeed, start during a long television writer's strike that resulted in a 90% drop in work for writers, but that soon changed, and now all the reality shows are scripted. If they weren't, they'd be even more boring than they are now, because people are very unimaginative and don't move from square one anytime soon. In short, given no prodding, they'd just as soon do today what they did yesterday and the day before, except they are SO bored, bored, bored, for God's sake. You know, honey, as a boy, I just would never talk like this, and I didn't. Don't censor yourself. Keep true to your aim. "Stay on target, Luke, stay on target." Girls tend to stick together, but it's because we need support. Men have their own male support groups -- those are the guys your husband goes to all the games with, and plays golf with, and handball with, and goes fishing with, and plays cards with and discusses higher ideas with ... no, erase that last item. That's the night his friends cover for him while he spends half the night with his mistress. Continue reading

My Life as a Boy — Chapter 51

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I remember posing for this shot at our apartment building on 186th & Grand Concourse in 1943.
1943 was an exciting year. I was able to understand a little of what was being reported on the radio. My "Respawn Day" was December 27th, only 20 days after Pearl Harbor, the surprise Japanese attack on the American Naval Base and Henderson Field, that took the lives of 2400 Americans and wounded another 1400. The attack wasn't actually a surprise and eventually the truth will come out. The United States couldn't enter the war to help the British in both theaters of war, because sentiment in America was to keep out of it, as if they could. Had Great Britain been totally defeated and England occupied, there would never have been a D-Day Invasion of Normandy, and the Germans would have gone right on to attack the mainland U.S. as soon as they were able, so they could set up a 1,000 year domination of the planet. That sounds terribly effective, but another couple hundred years, nobody ever heard of them. That's the way Nature operates. There's a big ball of luminous dust where the planet on which you were its leader used to be. Nothing is stable. Homeostasis, the point where there is zero fluctuation in the body, is not a state you'd be likely to enjoy, although if you're a big fan of heavy drugs and downers, you'll do just fine inside a body that is essentially dead. Continue reading