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Dirty Face in Pecos

Martin dropped us off at the Love’s in Pecos.  But, by then the black dawn shimmered under loose stars vaguely seen through the stormy clouds, so we refrained from night hitchhiking.  My nose flushed to a blushy red and I sniffled on the sidewalk by the sandy loams of desert.  Sand particles stuck to the

Hitchhiking Texas

¡Runners in Snakeskin Botas!

The Misfit 4 – Prose Short Story Series I dozed off for a few hours and woke to sudden squeals of steel wrenching to a halt.  Doug sat there perplexed, pushing the bridge of his glasses with his index finger.  His bottom lip curled out like a rug unraveling.  Pam lay beside him asleep with

Van Horn Texas

Bippin’ in Texas with the Misfit 4

Panting and slobber filled the air early morning.  As Pam stretched her hind legs and limbered up, the rest of the crew tried to squeeze out a few last minutes of sleep, before giving into the blistering heat.  I lay there half-zonked pulling my sleeping bag over my head to savor my last minutes of

8 Thumbs and a Dog Goin’ East

Another lugubrious day squished my spirits right from the moment I awakened. I slept by the side of the road the night prior, bivy in the desert sand, between brittle bushes free of leaves, with dead tumbleweeds bouncing around through the gusts of her fury. That slight chill, cooling my sunburn, erasing the touch of

Kicked in the Face by a Moose

Kicked in the Face by a Moose

When I first stepped out of the police vehicle my wrists pained from the cuffs jamming into my bones. A red groove appeared under each cuff as the officer twisted the key, removing them as he pointed down the road. “County line is here kid…this is as far as we can take ya…got a good

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