Category Archives: hitchhiking

MIAMI BEACH BLIND by Peter Nolan Smith

A dawn of rain, drizzle, snow, and ice pellets greeted Boston on the first day of 1975. The weather on the second day of January was equally miserable, but by late morning the temperature had risen into the 40s and I walked from my Beacon Hill apartment to Chinatown. The Mass Pike onramp was the […]

41 BLANCO STREET AUSTIN by Peter Nolan Smith

In the late-winter of 1975 I drove a blind piano-tuner from Miami Beach to the East Texas in a Delta 88. Everyone at the Sea Breeze Hotel on Collins Avenue had warned me about Old Bill’s driving. I thought that the old coots had been kidding, but outside of La Grange on Route 71 the […]

CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES from BACK AND FORTH by Peter Nolan Smith

CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES The trees on Centre Street wavered with the warm spring wind under a blue cloudless morning sky, as an Arborway trolley rattled on the warped steel rails toward Forest Hills. Two long-haired men and a young blonde woman in a peasant dress sat on the wooden seats of […]

Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

In the winter of 1975 I hitchhiked west from Miami Beach along Alligator Alley. Rides weren’t easy for the first thirty miles. Finally a fruit farmer from Naples gave me a ride through the southern tip of the Everglades. Little, but swamp lined the four-lane highway. No snow birds from the Northeast or Canada wanted […]

Women Only In Sweden

Men like to joke that they are lesbians. “I only like to watch.” Lesbians don’t find this humor funny and I’ve stopped saying it, but rejecting my lesbian persona hasn’t stopped the overwhelming percentage of the world’s male population from fantasizing about the existence of an all-women world like those 1960s science-fiction movies such as […]