Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Greatest Show On Earth

“Pistol, are you going to the Christmas party?” Asked Maria. “Nope.” “Why not?” How do I say this politely? “Uhh… I just kind of want to leave work behind when I’m done, you know?” “Awww, I always have fun. You … Continue reading


The Cosmic Tide

So I have this friend. The only thing better than a friend, of course, is a friend with a boat. And I have that too. He’s on a teacher’s salary so it’s a modest vessel, but he yokes it for … Continue reading

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The Finisher

“52 on the second floor!” A frantic voiced scratched over my walkie talkie. “Come again with that transmission! Where on the second floor is that 52?” I ran down to the second floor and every head was turned in the … Continue reading

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The Richest Man In Babylon

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34 Fifteen years ago, when I was in college, my dad sent me … Continue reading

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I Am the Batman.

With the next State Quality Review a week away and Patriot High School’s very existence on the chopping block, everyone seems to be feeling the pressure – except the kids. Last year we were told that if we just brought … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone

The honeymoon is over, as they say. When the semester started off chill, we were cautiously optimistic that the loss of a significant core of our thugs over the summer through deportation, prison, exiles to out-of-state relatives, graduation, and transfers … Continue reading


Stop Snitching

As I mentioned in the last story, Patriot High is essentially a city unto itself. Just like a real city, it contains several thousand human beings. Over 80 different nationalities are represented within its walls. It has its own stores, … Continue reading