Category Archives: California

SPEAKING WITH SEALS by Peter Nolan Smith

August turned hot in San Diego. Floe and I slept outdoors under the stars. Two sleeping bags served as our mattress and a single sheet covered our bodies throughout the night. I told her everything. After recounting the fight with the junkie thieves in Haight-Ashbury, she said, “You scare me.” “Why?” I was telling her [...]

Fight Club Pussies

A couple of years ago Big Al told me about a bar in the Valley. “Where people like to fight. You wanna go?” Big Al and I had met in Pattaya. It was the Last Babylon on Earth. “Do I have to fight?” “No, you can watch, you pussy.” Big Al was 300 plus and [...]

Behind The Beverly Hills Hotel 1977

Life was different in 1977. We had fun. And we were fun. Behind The Beverly Hills Hotel: Photograph by Brad Elterman see https://missrosen.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/brad-elterman-like-it-was-yesterday/

Going West

This week my young nephew left Boston to drive to California. A good friend was accompanying Franka on his cross-country trip. I called to offer advice on a route. “We’re driving to Pittsburgh to see my grandmother.” Zsa Zsa was in a nursing home there. Seeing his face would make her happy. “Are you passing [...]

Mark Frechette ZABRISKIE POINT

“As you get old, you forget. As you get older you are forgotten.” James Steele Some of us never get to be old or even older, especially those doomed by the James Dean’s curse ‘live fast, die, and leave a good-looking corpse’. Few men of the counter culture were as good-looking as Mark Frechette. In [...]