April 30, 2012
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Wearily She Nodded

“But something about her remarking on communication stuck with me. Maybe because I doubted it was the cure-all touted by a lot of pop books and therapists. When I thought about it more, I kind of agreed with Francie. Why not be dim-witted and content?” Ignorance is bliss. It’s Part 35 of Gorked.

April 23, 2012
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How To Be Old

“Her grumpy expression is a tip-off too, an expression so common in my family, that I could make a whole photo arrangement encompassing three generations of grumpiness.” Ashley Walker‘s grumpiness is hereditary.

April 16, 2012
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Casa ‘nam Rising

“None of this boded well for us go-your-own-way types. All of it promised more landscaping, lots of slick realtors, ghastly block parties, and big fat property taxes to come.” Ashley Walker‘s neighborhood is changing…

April 8, 2012
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What Remains

“Circumstances were such that whatever I did to escape would only imperil me more. In chess, this ugly predicament is called zugzwang: any move you make will put you in checkmate. It’s a real mofo, zugzwang is, and I wish I had a snazzy solution for it.” In lieu of a solution, we get another essay from Ashley Walker.

April 2, 2012
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Let God Worry About It. He’s Gotta Stay Up All Night, Anyway.

“I do know he has an ex-wife much younger than he is, a beautiful Mexican woman, who sometimes lives with him and sometimes doesn’t. I do know Dwight can operate a chainsaw while loaded and still drink a beer at the same time.” Ashley Walker‘s neighbor Dwight loves his booze.

March 26, 2012
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Casa ‘nam, Mon Amour

“‘Just one Buddha?’ he asked, and I nodded. He dug into a bin and brought out a gold-painted plaster figure. ‘Very nice,’ he announced, ‘ten dolla.’ I wanted to check out all his other Buddhas, but the store wasn’t a browsing sort of place, so I fished out my money and bought the one he held.” Ashley Walker doesn’t get the full buddha browsing experience.

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