Monthly Archives: October 2014

A is for Anal Bleaching: Which One is the Fairest in the Land?


Botox and colonic irrigation are old news by now; the new rage is anal bleaching and honestly, I didn’t want to go here but it’s a California phenomenon so I need to say something about it. Sometimes the bleaching of … Continue reading

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Fred Goes Halloween Shopping


While I was looking forward to Boston in the hopes that I could explore areas that I had never seen before, my dream came true on Saturday when I went Halloween shopping with William. This was preceded by an excellent … Continue reading

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W is for Will and not being a WEATHER WIMP


OK dear readers, I am following what you like and don’t like and while I had started my ABC of California, many of you prefer it when I talk shit about my private life, whether it’s my mom, my fraudulent … Continue reading

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C is for Caroline, turning 16 on Sunday!


Dear Caroline, Because you have received your presents already, because cards are corny (unless they have dachshunds on them), and because I will be in Boston on Sunday, I decided to write you a birthday letter this year, for your … Continue reading

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A is for Alamo Square


  San Francisco is a city of views and neighborhoods and Alamo Square reinforces that idea. In fact, Alamo Square maybe epitomizes the extraordinary beauty of San Francisco as a cityscape par excellence —it is a city known not for … Continue reading

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A is for Adams: Ansel Adams, California in black and white


A is for Adams, Ansel (1902-1984) California in black and white I’ve had people say they’re kind of disappointed. They only know the park through Ansel’s eyes and he was only showing you the keepers. The park is not always … Continue reading

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MY CALIFORNIA


MY CALIFORNIA was a book meant for the Dutch market and assigned by my publisher at the time but the series this manuscript would be part of was discontinued due to the crisis in the publishing world. The manuscript has … Continue reading

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Just so you know…paying homage


water color by my great-uncle and painter Gerard Huijsser (1892-1970) OK, everyone, I feel a bit bad about posting that last story about my mom. We had an interesting relationship for sure but I also know she loved me, and … Continue reading

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Mom’s Last Visit


Both my mom and mother-in-law died last year, so I have done some mourning and processing and I wrote this story to commemorate my mom’s last visit to California for Christmas. Our relationship was mixed but I miss her and … Continue reading

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California Far Niente


“Do you know that joke about Inez moving to Ireland? Well the punch line is: she never did.” California Far Niente Yesterday I would have gone to Ireland, had I not quit my job. But I did, and to soften … Continue reading

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