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Fanzine Publishes Parks on Strawberry

In the late summer of 2005 I met Casey McKinney, a quietly bruised character at Maxfield’s coffee house on Dolores in San Francisco.  We drove up to Muir Woods in a 1990 325i and stood in the fog and talked about my moving to the Bay Area and his potential escape to Europe and possibly New York City.  I wasn’t sure what to think.  But McKinney did it, and in doing so created the Fanzine; an everything and everyman culture magazine, which allows, or rather encourages, longer form writing that blurs the boundaries of fiction/non-fiction and every other genre encapsulation to which we might confine prose.

Today on the Fanzine, McKinney published a piece of writing that perfectly fits the bill of the Fanzine’s mission.  In “Strawberry Jamming: Darryl’s Dodger Days, Memories of a Young Fan,” Richard Parks laces together the narrative of Darryl Strawberry’s self-destruction with urban malaise and tragedy of Los Angeles in the early 1990’s, all told (both) through the large innocent eyes of a nine-year-old fan and a 20-something’s hindsight.

It would behoove you to read it, in toto.  You can let me know what you think.


Image from dingedcorners.com

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First Sports Post

Yesterday evening, R.,C., and I convened at Cato’s on Piedmont Avenue to watch history as the Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium and defeated the Baltimore Orioles.  We wondered about David Simon, drank a pitcher of Pilsner (or two), failed to complete the crossword puzzle, and I ordered a plate of Buffalo wings.  I LOVE Buffalo wings.  Strange guilty pleasure left over from my days working as an investigator for the City of New York.  Not a bad way to wrap up the weekend, though not exactly typical of A Rockridge Life.  Especially since I’m not a Yankees fan.  OK NY readers, bring it.  You know I’ve always hated them, so don’t act shocked.

Not exactly like the ones I used to get on Wall Street, but pretty good.

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