Archive | August, 2010

Making Contact

The drive down to North Padre Island had been long and hot, even with the air conditioning running full blast. Chandler winced as the van’s engine temperature climbed another notch. He slowed down to sixty and let the red Prius pass. “Love Bugs clogging the grill,” he explained to Napoleon who snorted in disbelief. “Buy […]

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Cooking Chili

Napoleon Forest stood at the edge of the patio, iron pot balanced over the propane burner with one hand, a large stainless steel ladle in the other. The July evening was hot, and his reading glasses were slipping along with a rivulet of sweat towards the end of his nose as he peered down at […]

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Living too Long

When I was a young man, I must have thought I was immortal. I drove too fast, for one thing. There was this gravel road with nice loose stones about the size of marbles that acted a lot like snow on a ski slope. At the end of a long straight stretch a narrow, banked curve swung sharply to the […]

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Stealing Tobasco

I recently journed down to the Gulf Coast where I was to talk about how to treat rusting steel in order to properly apply paint. As we passed through the fair city of Stockdale, Texas, I pulled in to the Dairy Queen. I was overdue for a small hamburger and fries. Let me say here that I believe […]

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Eating Squirrel or Rabbit versus Nutria

Our good friend, Victoria Honor, mentioned that she thought she recognized a character in the Callie Houston thriller. The athletic blond walking the dog in the neighborhood near Covington who stops to talk with the criminal, Tony, might turn out to be her friend who cooks the best fish paella in the whole world…well, maybe there’s a […]

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Ash Stringman Returns to the Coffee Club

Ash returned to the Coffee Club this morning after a brief hietus caused by car troubles. His green Jaguar has been having some ignition problems and, at Jaqi’s suggestion, he decided to take it to the orginal dealer in Dallas, Texas, for repairs. Ash, not quite his usual dapper self, arrived somewhat wrinkled at an early hour, 6:15 […]

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Jaqi LeMans

Jaqi is an almost real life character who belongs to what might be known loosely as our coffee club. Oh, Jaqi herself is real enough. In the story she’s a retired school teacher who still drives race cars and is the only female winner of the Texas Fivehundred. In real life, she drives muscle cars, […]

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Older Men and Younger Women

What is this all about? I’ve been surprised at the number of young women that seem to enjoy the occasional company of much older men. I recently asked a particularly intelligent, active mother of two children what kind of relationship did she want from older men. G… and I get together from time to time to talk about favorite […]

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The Weatherman: Prologue

In which Lazarra Rayburn leaves Miss V’s Chinese restaurant and heads for Palm Springs and new adventures. This is an experimental test of a planned podcast featuring L.C. Frenzel reading one of his novels. [podcast]http://fatsquirrelpublishing.com/feed/podcast/Weatherman_1.mp3[/podcast]

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More Grist for the Mill: Alaskan Trip, Meteor Shower, Census Work Slows

Lydia, the “L” part of L.C. Frenzel announced that the census is not actually finished, but that there would be more meetings and work assignments. However, I doubt she will be participating because she is due to go to Alaska soon, a trip where she will be visiting a shipyard and recording the effectiveness of […]

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