Stories for March 1990

Thursday, March 29

Big Brick Canvas

From the start, Buster worked hard to prove that he's a graffiti artist, not some little hoodlum with a sneer on his face, paint stains on his fingers, and a can under his jean jacket. ...

Thursday, March 22

The Copley Press used to be considered a friendly employer.

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Plant Vibes, Channel 8 Snowflakes

Dear Matthew Alice: Plants are supposedly able to feel the vibes of the people who take care of them and those of other plants in their proximity. Do plants in the kitchen feel any remorse ...

He Who Serves

“Everybody I know is dead. All the big shots that hung around the Grant Grill; they’re all dead now.” The liver-spotted hands of Kent Parker clench, relax. “San Diego was a much tougher town then ...

Here to Clean Up

Where there's life, there's dirt

I got a phone call from Bruce, a housepainter in Fallbrook. Bruce owned a two-story rental unit in East San Diego, and his tenant had moved out. He needed help getting it ready for the next lucky person.

Thursday, March 15

Everybody Onstage for the Forgiveness and Reconciliation Number

The Lamb's Players Theatre

One thing Robert Smyth likes about his used Merkur is that it's a turbocharged car with no sign on it saying "turbocharged." Power without show: that's Smyth (he pronounces it "Smith"). At 40, he is ...

Housepets I've in all likelihood killed or maimed

Dogs: are too worthless even to kick. Kicking a dog is like beating a rug; killing a dog is like washing one. Dogs are stupid and breathy, rugsmelly, dogloyal: who needs ’em?

Thursday, March 8

A Spear in the Dirt

Picking asparagus down Calexico way

Dolores Huerta: There’s a blacklist. Very definitely, if the foremen or contractors know a worker is union, they won’t hire him; or if they do and they find out, they’ll get rid of them.

Thursday, March 1

Logged On For Life

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