A writer, or any man, must believe that whatever happens to him is an instrument; everything has been given for an end. This is even stronger in the case of the artist. Everything that happens, including humiliations, embarrassments, misfortunes, all has been given like clay, like material for one’s art. One must accept it. For this reason I speak in a poem of the ancient food of heroes: humiliation, unhappiness, discord. Those things are given to us to transform so that we may make from the miserable circumstances of our lives things that are eternal, or aspire to be so.
-On Blindness by Jorge Luis Borges
This is a place to read the stories I remember about food, money, words and more, about people, about places and things, maybe even about you. Some of the stories are true, some are fiction, and some are a mix. The Sea Gull Restaurant of the 70s and 80s in Mendocino, California was a place where a lot of hippies and rednecks and tourists and even a few ordinary people hung out with hardly ever a fight. I’ll write about that.
Investing other people’s money without stealing it won’t make you famous, but the things you can learn by just shutting up and listening are enough to make you laugh and cry. I’ll write about that too.
Below I’ve made a short list of some of the things I have in mind. Maybe you’ll find one or two that strike your fancy, motivate you to make a return trip. Take a look at the four sections Food, Money, Words, and More before you go. It’s my last chance to hook you.
Think in the morning is one of William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Like his Auguries of Innocence, his Proverbs have taught me much. I’ll have more to say of Blake in these pages and of other poets and authors too.
Some questions I might try to answer on my site:
- How does it feel being straight in a counterculture?
- Do you really want to move to the country?
- What’s it like to run a restaurant?
- Have you ever encountered ghosts?
- Is it fun to be self-employed?
- How do you deal with crazy people?
- What are your hang-ups about money?
- Do you want to be famous?
- Do you want to be rich?
- Can your doctor translate Lao Tzu from English to Chinese?
- Who the hell is Lao Tzu?
- Are City people and Country people different?
- What happens when a redneck sits by a hippie in a coffee shop?
- What do you do when the dishwasher disappears to pray to Allah?
- How did a bunch of artists elect a County Supervisor?
- What do people talk about while they’re eating?
- Where would a Pulitzer Prize author speak with chickens and a Nobel laureate in chemistry speak to a glowing green raccoon?
- Tell me again, why is it called happy hour?
- A crooked tree can make you think straight.
- Can you cook and deliver puppies at the same time?
- What do you do if you’re robbed?
- How do you remove a loud, noisy drunk?
- What if a waitress insists on keeping a pet rat on her shoulder?
- Yes, he actually ordered locusts and wild honey.
- Ever had a waitress named Meadow, Feather, or Dancing Water?
- When a woman removes her clothes in your restaurant, stay cool.
- When the Hells Angels take over your dining room, send out the waitress with the largest bosoms.
- How does an 80 year-old woman deal with a stock market crash?
- When a calico cat named Chekhova eats a mouse outside the window by a table where a family is having breakfast, offer the kids a free hot chocolate.