It’s Always a Nightmare to Bring Your Girlfriend Home

Written Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. Dana and I pulled into the driveway in the 2006 rental car. The booming stereo ended with the engine as she turned the key to off. How did we not see her in the driver’s seat behind that massive rack? Not the one I suckled as a child, appreciating every … Continue reading

My Friend Got Married at an Early Age

Written Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. He told me on my birthday. May 10th, 1999. “You’re twenty-one, Patrick. Are you sure?” “Yeah. I mean, I know she’s the one. Why wait?” “Because you’re young. We’re young. Shouldn’t we have adventures or something beforehand?” “We have. Remember the baby pool?” “That was stupid. And so is this. … Continue reading

Papa Died on the First Day it Snowed

    Written Monday, October 16th, 2006.   When I looked in the mirror I thought of everything I needed to get done before Terry’s dinner tonight. Pick up wine. Inquire on why it takes so long to get my Netflix in the mail. Get my passport. It wasn’t until I grabbed my keys on … Continue reading

The Sounds Filtered Through a Log Cabin’s Walls Still Sound Completely Natural

Written Monday, October 23rd, 2006. The night air was wet. It hadn’t yet, but I knew it was gonna make my blanket wet by sunrise. The kind of wet night that makes you worry that it’ll make you sick. Spring Mill State Park. Mitchell, Indiana. Settler’s Village. 3:00Am. I’m washing my clothes in the creek … Continue reading


Written Tuesday, December 5th, 2006. “Are you sure you’re doing it right?” “Jesus, Terrance, yes. See…I’m pushin’ the button and since there’s no fire, it ain’t goin’ beep beep.” All is quiet in the Thompson household two hours later. Terrrance sleeps with the television on. Mama Thomp sleeps with her arm in the crater where … Continue reading

In Her Apartment

Written Tuesday, December 12th, 2006. The stairs creaked the same way each time he climbed them. One sounded dull, deep. Another sharp and cracking. Plastic covered the middle of the case, the most traveled part. It added a click to each groan. The handrails were painted a dark brown, shiny, and chipped. With the layers … Continue reading

Wide to Receive

I thought this was a lovely piece of email: This is the only way I could contact you for now,I want you to be very careful about this and keep this secret with you for now. You have no need of knowing who I am or where I am from.I know this may sound very … Continue reading

I Think I Can…

A snippet of fiction. “Weddings force singles to think of the future, elders the past, and the intelligent to feel extremely uncomfortable.” -unknown, 2007 Brian passes through the double doors and onto the back patio. A few lights remain on the fairways, but none on the sand traps or greens. He sets his drink on … Continue reading

I’ve Listened to These Swedes Recently…

…and needed to get the short word out. Artist: Shining Album: V/Halmstad Format: CD Lead singer Niklas “Kvarforth” Olsson (a.k.a. “Ghoul”) whispers, grunts, growls, and nearly sobs his way through this latest installment of their brand of Black Metal, known as, get this, “Suicidal Black Metal”. Smart, huh? Assholery aside, V/Halmstad is a well-produced, intricate, … Continue reading

And Again…

…should I try to get some money for these? Another picture of mine on chicagoist. I am working on some writing…but I don’t like it yet…therefore, you can’t see them.