Friday, October 13, 2006
1994..THE STARS AT NIGHT..ARE BIG AND BRIGHT..DEEP IN THE HEART OF WEST, TEXAS
My time in San Francisco was running out and all the stores were closing up I Finally had hired some trust worthy people and got to see the 2 places I wanted to see..Haight/Ashbury and Chinatown.I had been in the Haight/Ashbury area back in 1969. I had heard my friend 'dirty ron' was staying on Haight and Cole, so I stood on the corner and yelled'dirty ron...wake the fuck up'...after about 5 minutes he stuck his head out of a window and said'sonofabitch, you're like the fucking F.B.I. you can find anybody anywhere'...Judas Priest, people were screaming "F.B.I. and running down the street.That was fun.
I spent most of my free time in Chinatown where I spent most of my money..buying stuff for the granddaughters..I loved it there..
Finally it was time to go...mj was going back with me but was coming back ...I kept thinking she would change her mind..she was just 20 years old..what 20 year old wants to move by herself 1,300 miles away from all her family... but when you have a family like ours...ha..it was just always her dream to live there and now that she had friends and a job(tending bar...not 21 but they didn't know that)so she was going to say hi,bye and then head back to San Francisco.We left and I was going to go down highway 1 so she could see the coast and the ocean...but it was raining really hard and I thought .nah...our luck there will be mudslides, and there were..we lucked out again..But all the way across the country we were like 300 miles in front of a snowstorm...we pulled into D's drive way(our heater had gone out about 500 miles back)when the sleet hit..the snow hit about 2 hours later..not bad but we saw pictures of the snow we left in our wake..which reminds me ..the earthquake wasn't in 1993, it was Jan. of 1994...
Since I didn't have a house anymore, I stayed with D.and his family..got to spend time with N.and the new baby H.which was wonderful..It took awhile before I got to see Jenny and Jamie as Thom and K had gotten a divorce and that was my punishment,finally got that straightened out and got to see and be with all the girls..My first order of business was to bury Bill..these wonderful people at the Dog Hospital kept Bill in a freezer till I could come back and bury him..he is in a pet cememtary in Bellmead and I go see him when I can..
My second order of business was to find a place to live..and had already decided to move to West.No one was crazy about me moving there..but that is what I wanted..found a little house about 1 1/2 blocks from our swimming pool..which the girls loved when they came to spend the week end with me..I had gotten a severence pay from company as I didn't want to move to New Jersey, which was their next great idea...so we parted ways..My kids didn't want me away from home again...so I went to work at Community Grocery store to keep me out of trouble till I found a real job..So..life is good..I'm home in West, Texas..my granddaughters visit me all the time...(think it was the pool)and I have one of my dogs(Honey) and my two cats..Chuck and Al..no more pan handlers, no more icy wind off the bay, no more working from 8am to midnight..but plenty of kolaches and people waving at me ..even if they didn't know who I was...I was home.
World events were a tad exciting this year..Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and later found out to be fellow skater
and some of her thug friends.Major eathquake jolts Los Angeles and 51 die.Clinton ends trade embargo on Vietnam.Aldrich Ames, high C.I.A. official, charged with syping for Soviets.Four convicted in World Trade Center Bombing.Mexican presidential candidate assassinated.Rwanda genocide of Tutsi's by Hutus begins. Estimated 800,000 slaughtered in 100 days..South Africa holds first interracial national elections.Nelson Mandela elected president.President Clinton is accused of sexual harassment while governor of Arkansas.Congress votes protection for women's health clinics.Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are found stabbed to death on the steps of her Brentwood home.O.J.Simpson is arrested and jailed for their killings.
Supreme Court offroves limit on abortion protests.Senate confirsm Stephen O. Braeyer for Supreme Court. Women's Health Clinic Doctor shot dead outside Florida clinic.Major League baseball players strike.'Carlos the Jackel,'the international terrorist is captured.IRA declares cease fire in Northern Ireland.Small plane crashes into White House.(I had forgotten all about that)Baseball owners end season and cancel the World Series(and baseball ain't been the same since).U.S. sends forces to the Persian Gulf. Ulster Protestants declare a cease fire.Oct. 17th Ronald Reagan,83,announces that he has Alzheimer's Disease. Newt Gringrich named House Speaker.Oct.19th Ronald Reagan,83,announces that he has Alzheimer's Disease. Bentsen risigns as Treasury Secretary. Oct 21st.Ronald Reagan,83,announces that he has Alzheimer's Disease.Still.
Music, music music..we have music..yupper..we have "She don't use jelly'by The Flaming Lips,'Spoonman'by Soundgarden,'The man who sold the world'by Nirvana,'All I wanna do'by Sherly Crow,'Ill make love to you and On Bended Knee'by Boys II Men,'Crazy and Amazing'by Aerosmith,'I Swear'by John Michael Montgomery,'The Sign'by Ace of Base,'Can you feel the love tonight'by Elton John,Back and Forth and At Your Best'by Aaliyah,'Fantastic Voyage'by Coolio,'Mr.Vain'by Culture Beat,'Mr. Jones'by Counting Crows,'Whatta Man'by Salt n Pepa,'Endless love'by Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross,'What's up'by DJ Miko,'All for love'by Bryan Adams,Sting,and Rod Stewart,'All Apolgies'by Nirvana,'Return to Innocence'by Enigma,'Always'by Bon Jovi,'Prayer for the Dying'by Seal,'Moving on up'by M People,'What's my name'by Snoop Doggy Dogg,'Laid'by James,'All I want is you'by U2,'Without You and Any time you need a friend'by Mirah Carey,'Wild Night'by John Melloncamp and Me'shell Ndege Ocello,'Don't turn around'by Ace of Base, and 'Love is All Around'by Wet Wet Wet.....Oh boy...we is rocking now...everybody now....diddy bop....
'Having a Party'by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood,'Basket Case'by Green Day,'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World'by Prince,'Bump and Grind'by RKelly,'Come to My Window'by Melissa Ethridge(great great song),'Loser'by Beck,'Mary Jane's Last Dance'by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers,'Found out about you'by Gin Blossoms,'Better Man and Corduroy by Pearl Jam,'Streets of Philadelphia'by Bruce Springsteen,'Sweet Jane'by Cowboy Junkies,'Secret and I'll Remember'by Madonna,'Black Hole Sun'by Soundgarden,'Big Empty'by Stone Temple Pilots,'Closer'by Nine Inch Nails,'God'by Tori Amos,'I stay away'by Alice in Chains,'Backwater'by Meat Puppets,'Low'by Cracker,'Gin & Juice'by Snoop Doggy Dogg,'Dunkie Butt'by 12 Guage,'Sabotage'by Beastie Boys,'I'll Stand By You'by Pretenders,'Un done(the sweater club)'by Weezer,'The more you ignore me the closer I get'by Morrissey,'Stay'by Lisa Loeb adn Nine Stories,and last but not least..."Living In Danger'by Ace Of Base.Country music is not country to me any more..it's pop with fiddles,like 'But I Will' by Faith Hill.Alan Jackson kinda kicked it with Summertime Blues and Indian Outlaw by Tim McGraw.
Music lost some great's this year..from two different times and two different styles but still both were great ...Henry Mancini and Kurt Cobain.
I think this was a sucky year for movies..except for one.Pulp Fiction...I love that movie..and a movie that I think is the dumbest, least funny movie I have ever seen....Forest Gump.At the end of that movie..I sat there and thought to myself..'You have got to be kidding me?'...dumb dumb dumb.. To balance it out there was The Lion King,True Lies,The Santa Clause and Speed.Hooorah!One of my favorite actors died this year and really messed up my Soap Opera watching..Mac Donald Carey, who played old man Horton on Days of our Lives..sigh*..Cesar Romero,John Candy,Burt Lancaster, Raul Julio and to prove that vampires do die...Peter Cushing...But a little tiny baby was born that year and she brings us lots of joy in her movies today...Dokota Fanning...so another year...pissed away...ha..so what where you doing this year? tell me all about it...