Flamenco, flamingos, and fantasy

Steven Bridenbaugh

Steven Bridenbaugh
Location
Eureka, California, US
Birthday
May 18
Title
Commerical Maintenance
Company
NCCS Inc.
Bio
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.

MY RECENT POSTS

JULY 12, 2014 12:49AM

I'm Sorry I Haven't Been Writing,

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

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 Hindu sacred geometry: The lotus chitra

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 amaranth!
Worms in m… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2014 12:31AM

Blood Moon

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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

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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

 

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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

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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

 

 

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

 

FOR FICTION WEEKEND 

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… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2013 11:59PM

The End of the Line (A Fish Story)

 

(For FICTION WEEKEND)

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!

 

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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

 

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 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

 

FOR THE WEEKEND FICTION CLUB

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

Robot

 

 

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 »

AUGUST 15, 2013 9:19PM

Big Kahuna

 

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I must admit that, from an early stage of my life, I was obscenely rich. I grew up in San Diego, and spent my youth doing whatever I wished. I had my own rock and roll band. I grew my hair long,bleached it blond, and surfed all…

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AUGUST 13, 2013 1:23AM

Still Life

 
STORY FOR FICTION WEEKEND


The first time I met Emily, I must admit, I was completely flustered. I was always rather shy, but Emily's relative self confidence and poise completely bowled me over. That day, I walked into my design class a bit late. It was/… Read full post »

AUGUST 8, 2013 12:03AM

Strangers

 


 

STORY FOR FICTION WEEKEND

 

He sat on a bench, partly daydreaming, partly reading a novel. It was a small park, but very clean and carefully landscaped. The neighborhood was upscale, the local shops were trendy, and most of the customers were young. But this was… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 2:01PM

The Saraswati Appreciation Society

 

STORY FOR FICTION WEEKEND

The man stepped in out of the heat, into a sparcely furnished reception room. He didn't see a receptionist, but he saw an urn, containing tea. He didn't really want any. He sat, and was looking for an interesting magazine, when the doctor walked… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2013 12:46PM

Silence is Golden

 

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               Which we ascribe to heaven. The fated sky
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MAY 31, 2013 8:17AM

G Man

 

What am I? That's not an easy question to answer. I have taken so many different identities, over the years, that one would think that I would lose my sense of self. But I know who I am.

My story begins too long ago to mean very much to/… Read full post »

 

 

Reverend Ralph looked over his congregation, and paused, looking over every face, before he began to speak.

I want to thank you all, for coming as regularly as you do, and for all the praise that I have received, for the last few years-- in fact… Read full post »