Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hermosa Beach, 1960 and 2012

Nov. 30, Yuma, Arizona – More catching up as we sit in yet another outpost of the International House of Bitterness. It’s Friday night in Yuma, 23 miles from the Mexican border, and we sit here trapped in the intertwining … Continue reading

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Mad Powerball Dash of 2012

“The lottery. Exploiter of the poor and ignorant.” Springfield bar owner Moe Szyslak Nov. 29, Yuma – We had mimosas and bagels on Hermosa Beach yesterday morning before joining the great California exodus to buy powerball tickets in Arizona. This … Continue reading

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Real live Yuma Criminals

Nov. 29, Yuma, Arizona – Every brooding tale of fear and loathing needs the occasional interlude of sweetness to leaven it and keep it from running straight into the ditch of despair. Here at Starbucks International House of Bitterness, we … Continue reading

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Welcome to Yuma, the fifth-most dangerous city in Arizona*

Yuma, Arizona, Nov. 29 – Somehow I got behind without even slacking off too egregiously. I’m going to try to catch up in a whirlwind of superfluous verbiage. After the great Full Moon Powerball Expedition of Nov. 28 (I’ll get … Continue reading

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Santa Fe Springs, California

Nov. 27, Santa Fe Springs – We linger in the Starbucks adjacent to the Walmart adjacent to the McDonald’s. That’s looking to our right. To the left lies El Super and Target. We are in America. Still. The face of … Continue reading

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Something fishy

Nov. 26, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. – We’re back in Planet McDonald’s, this one located squarely in the orbit of the Walmart on Telegraph Road. We just got back after Jun treated us to a Korean repast at BCD Tofu … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, or almost

“So fuck you, Los Angeles, fuck your palm trees, and your highassed women, and your fancy streets …” John Fante Here we are in Whittier, California, deep in the heart of greater Los Angeles. Deep in the heart of the … Continue reading

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