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Submissions to this category are generally told in the first person and cover personal reflection, autobiographies and memories of the past. Rather than focusing on factual accounts, memoirs are more a recollection of moments in time that were either vivid or unique to the author.

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NightClub Stories

Some tales from the clubs I have worked

My stories about working nightclubs are sometimes too fantastic to believe, but as with all my stories they are from personal experiences. Working as a bouncer in a popular nightclub is not as glamorous as one would think Imagine that you are the only sober person at a large party. You can't drink or dance because you are at work, and every little altercation has the potential to escalate...Read On

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Oscar Has A Hairy Old Ass

All you need to know for the Engineering License Examination.

I graduated college with a BS in Geography. As “they” are wont to say, “That and a buck will get you a cup of coffee.” Sure enough, it didn’t get me a job, so I went to work as an automobile mechanic. After four years of twisting wrenches, and being sick and tired of never having clean hands, or feeling really clean all over, I decided to look for other gainful employment. Perusing the...Read On

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The Education of a Blackjack Dealer. Part 1

The interview process for becoming a dealer

It came unexpected. Oh I had applied for a job at the new casino here in Cleveland like thousands of others, but the casino website was so jammed with so many others attempting to apply that I could not make the connection. It was about 4 months later that I finally was able to complete the on-line application. I first applied for their chief of security, after all I was a police...Read On

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What Happens in Vegas, Part 2 (Continued)

The Vegas adventure continues.

After a good meal, a movie and a nap I awoke ready to play. I decided tonight to head to the Strip. The hotel concierge told me that the bus was the cheapest way to go, and the layover was next to the post office located at the end of the block. So I headed out and walked the few blocks and found the layover. I questioned the driver of the bus that was there about the cost to ensure I...Read On

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Dracula: The Stage Play or a great Halloween memory.

Playing Dracula on stage

In 1985 I would face my biggest challenge theater wise. It was to audition and win the role of Count Dracula ,the Fall play at a local community theater. Now, I had done multiple appearances during Halloween as The Count promoting the Jaycees haunted house attraction. I had cut numerous radio commercials, but his would be different. Having only one production to my credit I went to...Read On

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My First Kiss

Everyone remembers their first kiss, but do you really?

I have a granddaughter who will be thirteen this year. We were sitting at her kitchen table the other day talking about school, boys and her friends. We have some very open and frank discussions. I do not believe in hiding the truth when it comes to my grandchildren. “Grandpa, what was your first kiss like? Was it spectacular? Did it rock your world? Was it with Nana?” “Claire, my...Read On

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Learning To Drive

Do you remember learning to drive? Here is what it was like 50 years ago.

Most all of us remember the first time we got behind the steering wheel of an automobile. For some it was the scariest time of our lives, for others the most exciting. We lived through it though and now we never think of those first days. I thought about those days just recently when chatting with my oldest daughter. She will be 40 next year and she contemplated her mortality a few times, as...Read On

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One Night in the Ville

I worked nights, so when I got a night off, I couldn’t sleep. I’d wander around the Ville, Anjeong-ri . I didn’t drink or party, so it was hard to find things to do, and friends. I’d eat at Dave’s Deaf Rest Stop and hang out with the deaf people until late. They could write notes to me in English, and I learned some sign language. I really liked their cucumber kimche, it was spicy, crunchy...Read On

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CB Radio

Remembering CB Radio

Do you remember the CB radio craze? Were you part of it? It was a big thing here in the US in the early to late 70's. Now it had been around for years but was used mostly by businesses for communication purposes. Then someone discovered how much fun it was talking to strangers and before you could say Breaker Breaker it was off and running. There were CB songs and it seems every movie and...Read On

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Hearing BIx

The first time I ever listened to jazz

“Who’s that knocking at my door? Who’s that knocking at my door? Cried the fair young mai-den. “It’s only me; I’m home from the sea, Said Barnacle Bill, The Sailor. It’s only me; I’m home form the sea, Said Barnacle Bill, The Sailor.” And then the band took off into the most rollicking music I had ever heard. I closed the front door behind myself, and took off my Boy...Read On

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Princeton Application Essay

A narrative application essay I wrote for Princeton University

The prompt for this essay was, "Using a quote from a favorite book as a leaping off point, describe a significant event in your life and how it affected your values." **************************** “Modern science has been a voyage into the unknown, with a lesson in humility waiting at every stop. Many passengers would rather have stayed home.” -- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot To...Read On

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Geordie Martins Budgie

Coal miner memoir, humorous in places

Geordie Martin's Budgie We were all sitting in the Pit Canteen, at one thirty in the afternoon, half an hour from the time we have to go down. It was mid-summer as well, quite a hot day and the last thing we wanted, was to be down the hot smelly dark pit. We'd all rather be on the beach, with a few beers. But we were all trying to be positive. Laughing and joking, trying to keep...Read On

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Legend of Bancroft Tower

Bancroft Tower stood as a sentinal to the city, but had a legend of love.

When I was young, I spent a lot of time in the back seat of my cousin's car alone. She had a boyfriend, but he did not drive and she never liked to drive alone. As a result, I went on many dates with my cousin and her boyfriend. She was five years older than I was and I was her favorite cousin. At the time, I was having fun going out to the drive-in, bowling and other places. I never...Read On

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The conclusion of the Blackjack dealer stories

The finish of my 4 part story

As quickly as it began my career was over. It wasn't an easy job, but it was a job. Yes, we had to walk a good six minutes to the smoking area and we barely had enough time to finish one before we had to hustle back and relieve the dealer that gave us our break so they could break others. Yes, we dealt with the unwashed and intoxicated masses on a daily basis. But was a paycheck.  I made...Read On

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The education of a blackjack dealer, part 4

The latter days of dealing

After receiving word that I had been offered a position as a dealer, I was automatically scheduled for a 3 day orientation class. Thankfully all my friends were also there, so it was tolerable. After that ended, we returned to the gaming academy to learn more card games, except now we were being paid to attend. I was among a small group that were fitted for uniforms almost immediately,...Read On

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One Last Crown of Daises

The last time I saw you, we were barely fifteen and yet gathering no attention when we took our usual seats on the rickety wooden bench at the playground on 5 th street. All the mothers there knew us, we’d been there so long, and we in turn knew them and their children. Some of the faces were more familiar than others. Your neighbor from down the street. My old music class teacher. But all...Read On

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7 Heart-Shaped Scars

How easy and fast your life can be altered even when you did everything right.

Today is September 18, 2013, I was hit by a car around 10:15, I knew that because I had worn my pocket watch as a necklace. It was a normal day at first, I had other things on my mind this morning. My dad woke me up to tell me that I had to cover for my older brother again, because he forgotten to do a large portion of his chores again. I relaxed in bed until 8:30, when I decided it was...Read On

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Defensive Tactics Training

Training with a female

As a police officer and trainer I attended many an update seminars to keep my self-defense skills sharp and to insure that I passed on the newest and proven techniques to my trainees. Female officers were rare at these classes as rolling around on the ground and trading punches were not high on their list of things to do on a weekend.   These seminars are open to police officers that...Read On

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Falling

When I was five, I lived in New York. I didn't know, nor care if I was popular or not. I was just there, and played my own way. I later grew to learn which side belonged to me. As I look back, it seemed to me that I was the most forgotten and least likable girl in my class. Before we moved, I had two best friends, Sarah and Emily. I always preferred visiting Sarah's house because she knew...Read On

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My Anna

RIP Anna

My Anna, why did you choose to leave me? The answer I may never know. So with a heavy heart I try to come to terms with that you are gone. Anna my Anna, as children we were always together. Even when not in the same room you were not very far from me. We were like twins only from different parents. My Anna, we always had the support of each other. When papa went off on his many work deeds,...Read On

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I Married a Soap Opera

One never knows what to expect when marying into another family. It can be fun.

I have been married for 42 years. I discovered after getting married that you never really know your in-laws until then. My wife and I went to school together, grammar school and high school. I got pulled from the normal junior high school and put in an accelerated program for gifted students. Little did they know what gifted was. We met when I was sent to high school in a gifted program...Read On

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Herkos Odonton

With the weight of the world upon me I can't hold my head up high, because after seeing the beauty that’s been destroyed I seem to be in freefall and cascading through the void. Having hope and prayer hidden underneath my wounds that have become those scars I carry, and it seems to be where the demons have their home. They say there's a strength to letting some things go so the truth can...Read On

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When You Know To Let Go

When I was a senior in high school I dated my very first long term girlfriend. I was 17 years old at the time and she was 15 years old. We actually met a few weeks before school began. I don't want to say her name so I will refere to her as MC. MC was cute in the nerdy cute girl way. I always liked girls of that sort because they were attractive but didn't realize it. The nerdy cute...Read On

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More Nightclub stories

The further adventures of a night club manager

Becoming a night club manager was still no picnic. One of the nicer clubs I worked for did not have a bouncer, they had an off duty cop or sheriff on duty, but it always seemed that I was usually the first one on the scene of any kind of altercation or situation, old habits die hard, and the situations were sometimes unbelievable. One of the clubs I worked for in Florida opened at 8:00...Read On

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The Hinge (Rhymes With Thing)

Fun With English, Opus 2

Some words that we believe exist, really don't. Our family dinner that Sunday held a certain amount of importance. It would be the first time in ages that we'd all be together at a time besides a major holiday — and the first time my two older sisters would meet my boyfriend, who by then was already an unofficial fiancé. Their opinion wasn't a deal breaker by any means, but I hoped...Read On

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Education of a blackjack dealer,the conclusion

The end of my brief career.

All through the Fall, Winter and Spring months I continued to deal blackjack. While in the academy we romanticized what the job would be like, and all too soon we realized that we had deluded ourselves. Ninety percent of the time we dealt to the flotsam and jetsam of the intercity dwellers. They would seat themselves at my table change one hundred dollars into chips and start betting. They...Read On

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The Best Musical Advice I Ever Got

An eighth-grader gets some life-changing advice

It was the last day of school. We must have had band or orchestra practice that day, ‘cause after classes were out, I went to the band room to get my flute. That’s when Mr. Daniel (the band director) collared me, and hauled me into his office. “Close the door,” he said. Like any eighth grader, my first thought was, Oh mercy! What did I do? My second was I didn’t do it! Followed...Read On

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My Most Memorable Christmas

True story of an USAF Sgt and Christmas in Vietnam

While there are many disturbing memories of Vietnam, there is one surprisingly excellent memory - Christmas morning. The confusion, laughter, and joy that I created for eleven very homesick young men remains to this day my most memorable Christmas. In December, 1967, I was stationed at DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam. I was 22. Since I had been in the Air Force for over three years, I was...Read On

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Wedding DJ

Memories of a wedding DJ

Yes, I was a wedding DJ. I started in biz when DJ's were still considered a novelty. Here are examples of what I experienced. Wedding receptions fall into four categories:  Great, Good, Bad and The Worst.   The  GREAT  ones are comprised of about 15% of the receptions. The GOOD ones are about 75%, The Bad and Worse  ones are the rest. These receptions are usually the fault of the...Read On

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Kismet

My first professional theater job.

It was Friday afternoon in mid-June, 1962. I had just stepped out of the shower, and was feeling considerably better for having removed a layer of cement dust and sweat when the phone rang. My mother got to it first, but held it out to me, saying, "It’s Mr. Daniel’s wife. She wants to speak to you." Mr. Daniel had been my high school band director, but I had graduated several weeks...Read On