The Caine Mutiny

Humphrey Bogart as Commander Queeg sits in the dock. A bead of sweat crosses his upper lip as he stares down his nemesis Lieutenant Barney Greenwald, played by José Ferrer, in the climatic courtroom scenes of the film adaptation of …

My Buddy Mark

What is a Friend? My dad’s definition of a friend is someone with whom you can pick up a conversation wherever and whenever you left it. Even years later. It’s a simple test that proves itself. Try it. Finding an …

Aleta: Drag Queen

They say the story doesn’t begin until the conflict arises. That the hero’s journey starts with a mission based on conflict, a journey is taken, and the hero is transformed. That’s it – three acts and you’re done. (Now go …

Life on the River

We’ve been at anchor for two weeks. There’s a method in our madness, kindly supported by our friends Mark and Tammy. They’ve been taking in our mail, receiving packages, and letting us borrow their car. During that time, we’ve been …

The Gecko

WARNING: This entry includes fruity British colloquialisms for which no apology is made – ed.  There’s a Brit that’s best avoided – but is all the same unavoidable. When I lived in London we used to call them wide boys, …