Flamenco, flamingos, and fantasy

Steven Bridenbaugh

Steven Bridenbaugh
Eureka, California, US
May 18
Commerical Maintenance
As a child, I decided that I would become a nuclear physicist. I dreamed that the prettiest girl in third grade was my secretary, as we rode around in a spaceship. I read all the Hardy Boys mysteries. About that time, my parents started saying that I talked too much. I was sent to a prep school on the East Coast. For me, it was a lonely and sometimes cruel place. It didn't bother me that often. As Barney has said, "Our Imagination is a very good place to be!" In 1985, I remodeled a kitchen, and used the money to buy a bicycle. I trekked to Sun Valley, Idaho, and became a ski bum. I now am somewhat arthritic, and I read a lot of theology books. My soul is decidedly triangular.


FEBRUARY 24, 2015 2:04AM

Ultimatum, from your husband

My dear, I'm afraid that if we are to resolve our differences
We will have to study Mulgarick, the Viking language of love.
People in love have been known to learn it in about thirty minutes.
Others may take many years, or pretend to know it.
You can fake it,  using… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 11, 2015 11:43AM

Waking Up


 f.lux, a program to alleviate the disruptive effects
of night time computer use
It's early in the morning, but it looks like Molly is up. She's been spending some earl… Read full post »
JANUARY 7, 2015 12:01AM

Creative Resolutions, for 2015

 The Genuine Handmade Irish Shillelagh
Last year, I didn't attempt very much in the way of New Year's Resolutions. I would say to people, "I've given up Scotch. I hate Scotch". However, this year already has a mean streak and its own curious proclivities,/… Read full post »
DECEMBER 5, 2014 4:25AM

Too many books...


I left the Suburban across from Ramone's Bakery. I don't usually go there, but there wasn't any parking near Old Town Coffee and Chocolates, my usual hangout. I noticed a sign in front of the Bookstore on the corner: All outside books are free, today! This was a/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 5:18AM

The Poem on the Wall

It's late at night, and I have had trouble sleeping, lately. I recently read an article in Scientific American, which defined three types of meditation. I am trying the third type, which is more difficult, but the most rewarding: thinking compassionate thoughts. My mind brings… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2014 6:58PM

The Shattered Madonna

Hello folks! Senor Bling, here. I want you to put me in charge of everything! I'm the laissez faire candidate. You let me do what I want to do, and I'll let you do anything you want! Just listen to the mown-nay! It's all over the place!… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 4:14AM

Ray McGovern and the Truth


 flyer image crop

With this writing, I intend to cover an event at Humboldt State University, in Eureka, California, where I heard Ray McGovern speak. What Ray said at his presentation struck me to the core of everything that has been on my mind, these days. To explain that to… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2014 12:49AM

I'm Sorry I Haven't Been Writing,

But I have been trying to catch up with my life....


Yes, there really are Whos, and I intend to protect them 

Seasonal Pests

Damn you, figure-eight flies.
Your aerial acrobatics don't impress me.
This infernal swarm in my cupboard
Foretells worms.

Worms in my oatmeal! Worms in my am… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2014 12:31AM

Blood Moon


Mexican tile, my photograph

I. The Wall.

A boy played in the woods. Intently he kicked a homemade ball with his heels, keeping it aloft. It was a good ball, carefully woven from vines that he had peeled, and dried into a tight,… Read full post »

APRIL 1, 2014 12:14PM

April -- Again


Our merry coffee shop crowd, inside on a cold day 


It's April. The showers here aren't very sweet.

But they're better than our winter, which was frosty

The trees make quite a show. Hope it doesn't snow.

I might  get a lot of cherries, though.


This… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2014 9:59PM

Welcome to Hell TV



Hell TV 

Hello. Dante here. I’m not actually Dante Alighieri, but they call me that. It’s a long story, how I got the nickname. Basically, my wife had a friend, and my methods for dispatching the fellow were so creative, that they gave me a job… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2014 11:38AM

Tax Time

Well, it's tax time, again, and I must say I have been looking forward to it, this time, since this year I'm officially a billionaire. I say officially, because I've always had a lot of tax shelters. I run about fifty shell corporations, in addition to the master… Read full post »

Recently, I paid a visit to one of the new art galleries in Old Town, Eureka, where I found a collection of paintings on auction. There was a group of people working at the gallery: it was designed to accomodate the needs of amateur artists, who I found… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 12:42AM

Death in the Rectory


The Rectory

January 1, 2014 

I was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death, most likely a homicide, of Father Eric Freed, who was found dead in the Rectory of St. Bernard's parish in Eureka. I am not a practicing Catholic, but one of my… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2013 3:30AM

Six Californias



Oh no! One is enough! 

 I recently read, with both amusement and horror, about Tim Draper's ballot initiative to divide the State of California into six smaller states. He believes that the new states would be both better governed, and enjoy increased prosperity. The proposa… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2013 5:01PM

The First Ever "Jive" IPO

Eureka Tank   

 City of Eureka, Calif.  to acquire military HumVee...

I'm not a person that takes much interest in stock and bonds, but lately, things have changed. I received some money from my parents, but I can't touch the money; it's all in an IRA. This is probably… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2013 9:00AM

Links to the Fukushima Disaster

fukushima west coast 


The big question is why aren’t world governments jumping in to contain what’s going on?

I'm reposting some links to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and also a recent letter describing the problems Tepco faces when they begin removing fuel rod assemblies from t… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2013 11:58AM

R.I.P. Anonymous


 support group

I was walking along the same infrequently illuminated street: A moonless night, the air a perpetual drizzle of moisture. That is all I ever see. Maybe a car or two, but it’s really, really  late. I don’t remember the day very much. I guess I sleep… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2013 2:03PM

Finding Elliot



I was living in New York State, near Poughkeepsie, and I planned a drive to Connecticut, having spent a long time without an excursion, other than driving to work.  It was beautiful spring weather, and I intended to find a relative of mine,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2013 3:22AM

Beatrix. Bipolar Barista.


You can't begin to tell me why I should keep up this whole charade. The last time I came home, fed the cat, cleaned up the dirty dishes left in the sink, picked up all the empty beer bottles, turned off the television, and then got into bed… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2013 11:59PM

The End of the Line (A Fish Story)



We were standing on the man-made embankment which borders on a channel leading to the Mad River hatchery. There were about fifteen of us that day. We knew each other, mostly from this same activity in previous years-- we all were trying to catch  salmon, on… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 11:47AM

Homeless People Don't Belong in this Town!



A Meeting on a Matter of Utmost Importance...

It was with difficulty that was able to locate the building where I had agreed to attend a committee meeting.  I asked a security guard at the Clarke Complex, which is a former hospital, once… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 9:56PM

A Landscape, by Van Gogh


  sunset at montmajour

 Newly discovered Van Gogh painting, "Sunset at Montmajour"

An old couple slowly walked along a rural road, which was not much more than a worn area in the meadowlands that it traversed. Even though he was an elderly man, he was still a very imposing figure: tall, and… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 11:01AM

The End of Summer



It's the end of Summer. My son, Nathan, wakes me up for the third time, pacing down the hall, and going to the bathroom, where he brushes his teeth, with the door open. I want to call him a jerk, but I… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2013 10:33PM




I wake up with a start, my skin burning, behind a glass window. I have no dreams to remember, but I think of a melancholy merengue, that I heard long ago. It was in New York City where I heard this music, where my parents sent… Read full post »