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100 Words – Alley

alley

They were a boring couple and they knew it. Routine ruled their lives. Sex was the same. They tried role-playing, meeting as strangers, but they knew it was them. So he planned a surprise. Sent her an anonymous invitation that she knew was his.

At the end of the alley was a dive bar filled with thugs and poets. He waited in the dark. There she was. He grabbed her and kissed her. She kissed back with a passion he’d never expected. Then felt the cold knife puncture his lung. Ten minutes later his wife found him. Bled to death.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 22, 2018

Industrial Beer

The other day I was reading a post on Facebook by a craft beer snob who referred to Budweiser and such as “industrial beer.” I realize he meant it as an insult, but I love the expression. It implies a rugged dependability. Beer, pouring out of factories into the mouths of the worker bees.

Disclaimer; I am not a fan of craft beer. For me, beer and fruit are entities that should never be associated with each other. I don’t care what you drink, just don’t expect me to drink that unfiltered crap.

I’m tempted to start a website, industrialbeer.com. I looked it up. The domain is available. That however seems obsessive and weird and really, who is the target audience? Most people who drink industrial beers don’t need to be told of their existence, and craft beer snobs won’t care.

Ah well, another cultural strategy dead-end.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 20, 2018

Tom Week – The Steep Part

the steep part

The Steep Part

I dropped off the rental truck today and rode my bike back to the RV park. Most places this would be no big deal, but in Albuquerque that’s a 9.5 mile ride with an 820 foot climb in 90 degree heat. Probably the toughest ride I’ve done so far. Definitely the toughest I’ll be doing for some time.

School

Finally got some serious work done on my current school project. Taking a nap helped immensely.

Not School

Didn’t get around to schoolwork today. I need to form one of them habit things.

School

I reorganized my approach to the project and things are going much smoother now. Lots of work done today.

Riding

Short bike ride today. New Mexico love its hills. Someday soon we’re going to stay at a park at the bottom of a hill.

Sunday

We’re in freakin Texas! I need to go to a roadhouse.

Monday

Texas has big news people. I love it! Finally a flat town. Bike riding is much easier when there are no hills. Got a tom of stuff done for schoolwork today.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 18, 2018

RVing – Upgrade

rental upgrade

9/10/18

We rented a car today. The rental place was downtown so I decided to ride my folding bike. That way I could put it in the trunk and drive back. I haven’t ridden the folding bike in a while so I had to pump up the tires and spray all the moving parts with WD-40. The fun part is that we are 800 feet above downtown. Thirty-one miles an hour is the folding bike’s new speed record. Zoom!

I got to the rental place only to find out that they are out of mid-size cars, so FREE UPGRADE! I wind up with a Nissan Frontier Pro4X crew cab pickup truck. Yee Haw! Didn’t need the folding bike after all.

Also, on the way to the rental place I became the uber-tourist. I rode my bike, on route 66, across the Rio Grande.

9/11/18

Today we went to Tinkertown. A museum of one man’s obsession of creating small mechanical worlds and collecting random stuff. For you midwesterners, it’s like a miniature House on the Rock.

Went to a comedy open mic tonight. Nobody showed up. Kind of makes me homesick. (The same thing happens a lot back in SF.)

9/12/18

Hot today. Don’t eat at Freddiy’s Custard and Steakburgers. I wrote a two word review but it’s too gross to post. Everything in Albuquerque is as far away as possible from wherever you happen to be.

9/13/18

Hot day. Starting to prep for moving tomorrow. Off to Santa Rosa. Pat did laundry in case the next park doesn’t have good machines.

9/14/18

Moving day. From Albuquerque to Santa Rosa, NM. Yes, that Santa Rosa. Home of the Route 66 Auto Museum and the Blue Hole. Stopped and ate at a truck stop that’s allegedly been there since 1934. Bought a t-shirt.

9/15/18

A new first. Today we had food delivered to the RV. Laziness Ho!

9/16/18

We’re in Texas! Amarillo. (Yellow) All the white people have heavy southern accents, but no one else does. The park has a free limo ride to the Steakhouse down the street. (Horns on the hood of course.) The steakhouse advertises free 72oz. Steak, if you can eat it in an hour. Not something I’d care to try or witness.

Pictures

Ghost Kart Track

An abandoned kart track. My heart weeps.

leaving Albuquerque

The very hilly exit from Albuquerque. I cycled up that hill.

The Blue Hole

The Deep Blue Hole of Santa Rosa NM

Cadillac Ranch

The world famous Cadillac Ranch

tom and pat

If you squint you can see where I spray-painted “Tom + Pat”

tinkertown

A museum of weirdness and insanity

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 16, 2018

100 Words – Fingers Dance

fingers dance

Fingers dance across the melting keyboard. The keys must be hit quickly but gently to prevent the loss of fingerprints. I should go into the shade but I’m finding the sun bearing down on my bald spot to be energizing. The words are shooting from my brain, down my arms and into my hands. The words are nonsense and worthless but that’s what rewrites are for.

The spellchecker is screaming under the weight of my gibberish. I am the God of speed writing. Emily Wood and Mavis Beacon bow before my glory. I smell toast. Perhaps I have become insane.

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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 15, 2018

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