The following excerpt is from a forthcoming memoir, as of yet untitled. I hope you enjoy. Part I: Seattle The Mt. Baker Tunnel—and the words carved into it—smiled at me, like a child whose teeth hadn’t fully grown in: Seattle - Portal To The Pacific. As my elbow rested outside the window, a chill raced up my arm. But it wasn’t because of the wind. To my right, the city’s skyline stretched … [Read more...] about Steeper Streets (And Even Bigger Dreams)
That voice—like a throttled parrot—squawked from the front stairway. “Travis! Hurry up.” “Hold on! I’m not ready.” “We're leaving in two minutes. Don't make us late for church again.” Travis stood at the entrance to the playroom, one foot in, one foot out, ready to dash, his eyes fixed on the TV. Showing at the moment, a still-shot of two champagne glasses, filled to just the right level, … [Read more...] about T … T … T is for Tennis!
When I was a child, my mother drove my sister and me to Memphis one day to visit a dentist. In the dentist’s lobby, I picked up a magazine and ripped through the pages, most filled with picture of watches and champagne bottles and boats and smiling families. I turned to a photo of a man and his wife stepping out of a luxury car—their car, presumably—parked outside a large house. The grass on their … [Read more...] about TAD
First, I need to say a word about L.A. L.A. is filled with actors. Or I should say it’s filled with aspiring actors. The population of those who've made it as an actor is very small; the number of those trying to make it is in the tens of thousands. Don't believe me? Just go to any Los Angeles restaurant or bar. Those bartenders and servers? Guess what they’re trying to become? I like that, … [Read more...] about i got my first real six-string…