Miss America For Donald Trump

“Before I congratulate her on being crowned Miss America, I would like to ask her a few questions.” “Thank you very much. I’d just like to say I want world peace and to create a world where children can grow up healthy and happy.”...

Octopus Of Destiny

“I’m gonna blow this pop stand.” “What? You’re an octopus. This is an aquarium.” “I’m escaping.” “How? What?’ “Down the drainpipe.” “And then what? Miles of park, miles of dry...

The Last Supper

“Welcome to The Last Supper Restaurant. I’ll be assisting you in your suicide but before we go into that, what would you like to eat as this will be your last meal?” “Thank you. Could I see the menu first?” “Certainly. I’ll be...

Book excerpt two

Vancouver got its shot of rhythm and blues from Calgary.“The Calgary Shades — Tommy Melton, Tommy Chong, Bernie Sneed, Wes Henderson and Floyd Sneed,” Bill Reiter,  instantly rattles off their names. Reiter, who ran a record shop in Chinatown and...

Book excerpt: chapter one, the beginning

A wop ba-ba lu-mop a wap bam BOOM The explosion that was rock “n” roll felt around the world caused only minor tremors in Vancouver.It was an adult life then. Grown ups waltzed to big bands led by Lance Harrison or Mart Kenney at The Cave Supper Club. The...

David Bowie

David Bowie was coming out of the wilderness when he died. He’d been stricken with cancer but had kept it secret from the public, which meant his death at 69 years old  seemed sudden and thus that much more of a shock. How perfectly David Bowie. Hadn’t he...

Mothball

I like to think that Andrew Meissner just showed up at my basement door one night. The truth is more prosaic than that but not much more. Andrew was living in an apartment up the block from me. A nice,  well-kept building next door to the Greek restaurant,...

Close Quarters

As is usual, I don’t remember how I came to drum for Close Quarters or  exactly how the end came. The person who probably knows best is Alan Twigg. He did some writing for the Georgia Straight around the same time as me, from Spring 1974 to Fall 1978, so Twigg...

Let There Be Drums

Sandy Nelson said Let There Be Drums. He was a drummer with one foot who managed to release a bunch of instrumental albums with his drums to the fore. If he could overcome a handicap, I can write about mine. Actually, I’ve never heard a Sandy Nelson record,...

The smartgun

Introducing the Smartgun. The ordinary handgun is useless but for one thing.  It can’t be used as a doorstop, a paper weight, bottle opener or hammer. The handgun exists for one reason: To shoot people. People might buy a handgun saying it’s only for...