Tag Archives: nostalgia

Fun House of Pain?

My Real Memoir My fingers had every reason to think I hated them. I cut more chunks out of them than I did any actual wood when whittling surfer style “tiki god” pendants for my friends (“Dear Mitch, please carve … Continue reading

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The Prince of Drama

My Real Memoir We had one elective. It might have been Creative Writing if I hadn’t had something to prove. I’d gotten sick right before the 6th Grade Talent Show. Everyone was sympathetic, even my parents, and the TV ad … Continue reading

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The Day the Movies Came to Me

My Real Memoir I was born loving movies–it’s in my DNA (Mom loved all kinds of movies, along with books about movies, Dad loved action flicks, especially sci-fi). I was even named after a movie character, “Mitch” in the long-forgotten … Continue reading

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High Times in Junior High

My 7th Grade essay on The Quad, the asphalt-covered area between our school buildings. My Real Memoir Junior High Schools have pretty much gone the way of the mastodon (my kids attended middle school). But Los Coyotes Junior High was … Continue reading

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Me and Princess Leia’s Mom

My Real Memoir I’d always been in love with movies. I wanted with every fiber of my being to be Gene Kelly. To sing like him. To dance like him. And most of all, to kiss girls like him. Especially … Continue reading

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Cats I Have Known and Loved

My Real Memoir I’m not a “cat person” per se, because that implies a species-specific specialization (say that five times fast and you win a kitten). Not me. I love cats, dogs and bunnies equally. And marmosets and mongooses too … Continue reading

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Foods I Have Known and Loved

My Real Memoir The holidays are about love. And love is about family. And family is about food. Ergo, love is food. So, pardon me while I reminisce about when food and I first started going steady. Of course, my … Continue reading

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I Grew Up in a Theme Park

My Real Memoir Yes, I’d created my own thrill ride as a kid. But it all started long before that. Long before there was a Disneyland, or the term “theme park” had even been coined, there was a stretch of … Continue reading

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I Created the World’s Greatest Thrill Ride (at Age Ten)!

My Real Memoir I don’t mean to brag (yes, I do), but the year I turned ten I created the greatest thrill ride the world has ever known! And that’s no small claim coming from a guy who lived just … Continue reading

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The Year My Conscience Awoke

My Real Memoir My modest brush with “persecution” seemed to kick loose some new level of awareness in me of when I was in 4th Grade. To be honest, there were lots of things that occupied more real estate in … Continue reading

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