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Lost in LaLaLand, part 5 … THE COSA NOSTRA CONNECTION AND TIME TO FACE THE MUSIC

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That evening, trekking back from the beach to the car, another inspiration hit me! This time my muse whispered that I should try redeeming empty pop bottles again … but not from trash cans in parks, from these grand houses … right now! I immediately stopped and … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLaLand, part 4 … THE PALISADES AND THE PINK CADILLAC

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Our first efforts to find work mowing lawns in the Pacific Palisades, an exclusive enclave of multi-million dollar movie star, rock icon, movie mogul and business baron homes with broad expanses of perfectly manicured grounds perched high above the Pacific Ocean between Santa Monica and Malibu, could be deemed utter failures. … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLaLand, part 3 … BEAT, BY A GROCER; THE RAT PACK, AND DINO’S SAGE ADVICE

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Getting up with the sun was still a new experience for us. Getting up after a fitful night of sleep pretzeled in Jim’s dandelion white Plymouth Business Coupe (which, after midnight turned into a cold storage locker) was equally new, and decidedly unpleasant. But … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLaLand, part 2 … THE NAVAJO, FRIED CHICKEN AND WHITE LIES

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On the bus ride back to Jim’s place we inventoried our resources … about six bucks all told. Not quite enough for gas for the four hundred or so miles to LA. Not to mention food! So we turned to our den mother for sage advice and … Continue reading

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Lost in LaLaLand, part 1 … COLD BOLOGNA LADEN WITH LARD AND GUILT

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At sixteen I thought I knew a lot. But I didn’t know much about hunger. I didn’t know what it was like to be hundreds of miles away from home without a penny in my pocket. I didn’t know what it was … Continue reading

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