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Years back, I took a sabbatical and traveled the country. One of the cities I visited was Washington DC. I decided to call my childhood friend, Amante. Amante and I were like this (crossing my fingers) when we were kids! As we grew, we went on...

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by cjross
Aug 21, 2014

My friend Andy lived in a group house in College Park, Maryland. We worked together at Recreation Equipment Incorporated, the camping store down the street on Rhode Island Avenue. Andy rented the room from a co-worker’s parents. The...

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by cjross
Aug 21, 2014

I was a prankster in high school. I loved a joke, pulling a trick, or instigating a gag. Most were harmless, a few got me in trouble, and one got me arrested. This one was funny and unbelievable. I was dating a beautiful girl named Tina. Tina and...

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by cjross
Aug 18, 2014

When I was a horse mounted cop in San Francisco I got a personnel complaint for calling a park visitor, Big Daddy. It was a chilly overcast Saturday at Ocean Beach. I rode my horse along the seawall at Ocean Beach as the wind whipped down the...

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by maggiechales
Aug 12, 2014

Brick binder can be used for cement mortar base, but also in gypsum board, plywood, density board, indoor and outdoor concrete or masonry walls, floor, long-term immersion of bathrooms, pools on direct stickup ceramic tile, you can even in the...

 Age 2, mother leaves Idaho and my biological father.
 
       4--- I accidentally burn down our trailor. I tripped over the electic heater and the house went up in minutes.

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by cjross
Aug 07, 2014

Wa-Wa is my daughter Shannon’s stuffed fish. Wa-Wa is a white and pink striped fish approximately 5 inches long weighing a mere one pound. You can’t weigh love. Shannon carried Wa-Wa religiously for as long as I can remember. Wa-Wa...

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by TheSmokingMan
Aug 06, 2014

So this guy came into my store once a month.

I worked at an art supply store while in college.

This guy comes in once a month and he buys $20 worth of fixative.

Fixative is a light clear coating that one would use to seal a...

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by cjross
Aug 04, 2014

My parents died on October 14th. It was a day that changed me, shaped me and made me who I am, today. I’d experienced death with aunts, uncles, cousins, and a grandparent. I’d seen death up close and personal as a soldier, policeman,...

Los Angeles, in the 70s, I was a ten-year-old girl, a wild child from divorced parents, running the streets of Hollywood unhindered. During those hippie days, my mother got involved in a cult.  It started out innocently enough with yoga...

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by cjross
Aug 01, 2014

My partner Dean DeGroot and I were on patrol at Ocean Beach on a Saturday afternoon. We observed two guys drinking along the sea wall, a violation of San Francisco Municipal Police Code twenty-one. We parked the car and contacted the two guys at...

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by cjross
Jul 31, 2014

Hurricane Francis came into Georgia with a roar. Francis was the fourth hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. In early September, Francis dumped a deluge of seven inches of rain and blew gusts of thirty to forty miles per hour wind on...

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by cjross
Jul 30, 2014

We’ve all had bad vacations. We’ve experienced bad hotels, bad food, and bad weather. Growing up I was lucky because every vacation was golden. We would stay at the Redefer Court Cottages at Dewey Beach, Delaware and live like kings....

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by sparkice
Jul 29, 2014