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Almost Fiction: The boarding house

There was an iron bed with clean sheets, a wool blanket, a white chenille bedspread and a handmade quilt at the foot. In the corner was a nightstand holding a lamp, a Gideon Bible and a book of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems. Against the left wall was a chest of drawers with two neatly folded clean towels ...

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Letters to the Editors: December 2017

Re: On The Road: Turning the Tide Insightful article on the state of the industry. I find it not to be just the builders and shops. I belong to two local “riding” clubs. 50 percent of the membership show only for social events, i.e., once-a-month meeting and dinner. We struggle to have 2-3 people show for weekend rides (membership 50-60 ...

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Mostly fact

Sam, Another great story you’ve shared. Your description of the sight of Chopper Bob and Gypsy along with your scrambled group must have been a sight to see.  Almost Fiction is always a must read. Thanks for sharing, Joe Joe,  Almost Fiction is a combination of fact and fiction.  This one, “Chopper Bob” was about 95% fact.  Glad you liked ...

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Almost Fiction: “Chopper Bob” and the gang

“I can’t remember. Did I tell you about the guys who hung around Chopper Bob’s motorcycle shop?” This is the way I remember Chopper Bob, his girlfriend Gypsy (who was a real sideshow fortune teller), Stump, Oily Red, Hilly and the guy who wore bell bottom pants and never got a nickname. Back in the late ’60s… well… let’s just ...

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Almost Fiction: Dispatch riders

In the late ’50s, when my friend and I were about 12, baseball dominated our lives. We rode our bicycles to school, to Little League, around the neighborhood and we always found a baseball game. We never tired of playing the game or practicing and honing our skills. At the end of the long driveway at my friend’s house, where ...

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Almost Fiction: Bulletin board

In his office was a large six-foot bulletin board covering most of the wall. The left half contained small bits of paper and cocktail napkins remembering notes of ideas to be used in a column or a short story or a novel or a poem. There were quotes from his favorite writers and dialog from great screenplays. Fragments of dreams, ...

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The Red Baron

Sam Jones an aviator? Another skillset? Sincerely, Michael “100 Mile Mike” Mihalevich That is an old photo of me in WWI, just before I shot down the Red Baron. Thanks, Slippery Sam

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Almost Fiction: Black panther

It was Marvin’s first date with Madalyn, a beautiful woman who loved motorcycles and had just bought her first new bike. In order for her to show off her newly-acquired prized possession they agreed to meet at the Harley dealership before going to dinner. As he pulled his bike in she was standing in the parking lot wiping off non-existent ...

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Almost Fiction: Refusing to be categorized

For the past six months, “the couple” had been running a continuous estate sale with the goal of turning everything they owned into cash. Having been longtime employees for a large airline they decided to take the company up on its severance package and transfer all their vacation time, sick time and bonuses into a year’s worth of free air ...

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Almost Fiction: Betty

Betty had developed a problem and was not feeling perfect. It wasn’t a life-threatening problem but it was bad enough that she had to be given a rest. In the ensuing weeks, once out of the picture, the man she lived with met and dated a new love, eventually inviting her home as a possible replacement. While Betty was convalescing, ...

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