Category Archives: California

WHEELS OF FIRE by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late summer of 1971 my college friend Paul Deseret and I were hitchhiking from Boston to San Francisco. Our friends were living in the Haight. They were girls. I had had sex with one of them and sleeping with Marilyn again was enough of a reason to cross a continent, especially since neither […]

Burning California

Wild fires scorched thousands of acres in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Firefighters finally quelled the major blazes and residents were allowed back to their houses, although scores of homeowners returned to charred ruins. Governor Jerry Brown warned state residents that this hot season might be the worst ever experienced in the Golden State. […]

The 420 Bus to Hollywood

Distances in LA tend to be far. North Hollywood to Beverly Hills was not too bad. The trip took twenty minute by car. I was living with Scottie Taylor in a pool house. The year 1995. Late spring. The owner ran a strip club off West Pico Boulevard. The girls sunbathed nude in the mornings. […]

Valley Of Pot

August 1972 was five years past San Francisco’s Summer of Love. A college friend from Crane’s Beach and I had hitchhiked from Boston to the West Coast in 45 hours. A mutual girlfriend, Marilyn, was hostessing topless at a Barbary Coast strip club. 3 months’ tips paid a year’s tuition. After a few hugs and […]

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 […]