Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wishing
My Fiction

Wishing

It's graduation time, but all futures are not promising. I ain’t good enough for anything but second-string backcourt.  No college scouts looked at me.  I did get a school letter for my beat-up jacket. My…

Lockout
My Fiction

Lockout

Chet shivered as he ran across the boulevard that separated the neighborhoods. His green windbreaker had been enough earlier in the sun, but not with the temperature dropping to the low 50s. His watch blinked…

Bingo Disaster
My Fiction

Bingo Disaster

Most of my years at St. Jerome grammar school were a pleasure, but Bingo Day in the 8th grade was an exception. I never talk about it, yet it pops into my head at the…

Bully
My Fiction

Bully

“Judy." My little sister calls from the basement steps.  "Momma wants to know.  Do you want a sandwich?” I jump back from the basement window, which I'd been watching the backyard.  “Clara, don’t sneak up…

Too Old to Learn
My Fiction

Too Old to Learn

I’m a technical manager of programmers. The job fits me fine. I was brought up in a house where only work was encouraged. At home enjoyment was tolerated, but only if it didn’t interfere with…

Happy Path
My Fiction

Happy Path

One Happy Path Blake Abbott was my temporary manager back in 2005, when MegaTel went bonkers. I flew down to Tampa to learn how Blake's team created interfaces from legacy provisioning systems for the incoming…

Kickout
My Fiction

Kickout

In the late '70s, just out of college, I was hired at a large company to do revenue forecasting. For the first six months, it was probationary. I could be let go as a bad…

Phil Never Loses
My Fiction

Phil Never Loses

The other day, talking to Mark Gorkin who specializes in burn-out recovery and teamwork, I realized I too have a few stories that deal with work. Here's one with a boss's trait worth knowing about.…

This Pen for Hire
My Fiction Politics

This Pen for Hire

It's a good living, even during this Great Recession. It will remain so as long as politicians want to appear as benefactors when they're actually predators. That's where I come in. I sugarcoat politician's desires…