Orrin Onken's Blog

APRIL 1, 2012 10:39PM

The End of Collecting

In the late seventies I lived in a second story apartment on Castro Street in the center of San Francisco. I voted for Harvey Milk and cried when he was killed. People from the church down the street went to Guyana and committed mass suicide at the urging of Jim Jones.… Read full post »

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AUGUST 23, 2011 11:29AM

Confessions of a Job Creator

I was watching TV news the other day, and it dawned on me that I am a "job creator." The future on the American economy rests on my shoulders. For bearing this awesome burden, I am respected, honored, and even pampered. It seems that in times of severe unemployment, likeRead full post »
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APRIL 9, 2011 12:32PM

I was meant to be old.


I am fifty-nine years of age, and I consider that old. I think that I am better at being old than I was at being any other age.

A friend of mine is sixty-eight. She is eagerly anticipating her fifty-year high school reunion. I can't understand it. I don't have… Read full post »
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MARCH 28, 2011 5:15PM

My shameful secret conservative talk-radio addiction.

I am a sushi-eating, Prius-driving, gay-marriage-supporting, Oregon, liberal. My parents were union school teachers, and no one in my family has voted for a Republican in decades. I live in a county that votes eighty percent Democratic and I like it that way. I have a dirty little secret though.Read full post »
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MARCH 22, 2011 9:50PM

I killed the Bookstore

I am the one. I killed the bookstore. I did it with my Kindle.

The murder weapon sits in front of me on the coffee table. It is a first edition Kindle. It cost me $350. By today's standards it is heavy, slow, and primitive. It hasRead full post »