Trailer learnings

Steam is a very efficient cooking method. If your garden hose springs a leak, it can be repaired with a $5 coupler. Trader Joes sells precooked meats that are actually very tasty. Gray water smells bad. Plants don’t love it, but it won’t kill them. If your propane tank is the old kind, it can’t …

Good morning, new America, old California

I went to sleep drunk at 11pm last night. What warring emotions: elation at Obama’s landslide, despair at the lead for bigotry in my home state. Stephanie stayed up, TV on and laptop by her side, anxious look on her face. I hoped that the morning would bring good news, but I was pessimistic. The …

Earthquake in the workplace

We had risen to break for lunch when the temblor hit. A loud boom! Then strong jolts. I knew what was happening as others said in business tones, “What was that?” And looked to each other for answers. Again in business tones, “That’s an earthquake.”Survival instinctI eyed the table nearest me and went for it. …