Hello hello hello all you rock ‘n’ rollers and if history teaches us anything it is that a commander must be resourceful so if I cannot punch up photos of nude women for my blog posts while I’m blogging from the public library than I won’t punch up any photos of nude women and it’s just for another twenty days or so anyway until I get my new personal computer and I do understand the library’s legitimate concerns because there are young children roaming around the library and I still want to congratulate the public library for letting me access The Gazette because the library does not consider The Gazette to be a porn site for if the library considered The Gazette a porn site it would block it and I wouldn’t be able to access The Gazette’s admin page…
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh the Old Soldier salutes you!
PS This also means I won’t be able to access my Twitter account…I gave my word that no nude women will appear on the screen of any computer that I use in the library and it also means I cannot look at the front page of The Gazette or preview my blog posts but like I said this situation will only last until I get my new personal computer by January 10, 2017…
Dateline Pittsburgh: 18 December 2016
Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game and yes I’m in excellent spirits for a man who loves to drink beer who has not had a beer in several days but I know I’m in good spirits because I did some house (apartment) cleaning today and then gobbled down a bowl of hot pork ‘n’ beans with wieners and a dollop of canned spinach and I must have been hungry because those beans and wieners and that spinach was delicious and then I read some boring documents that every retiree has to read in order to stay up to date on any benefits that he or she might be eligible for and which makes our lives more pleasant and now I’m flat on my back on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head as I jot in my fat pocket notebook resting against my raised legs as I wait for the Steelers-Bengals football game on the radio and I’ll read my Charles Bukowski and my Jack Kerouac…
Yes even though I probably won’t be back on my regular beat in Little Italy until December 30th when I get my Veterans Administration pension, writing most of a blog post in my notebook and then catching a bus around 10:00 a.m. every day except Sundays to the library to use one of its computers to get online to blog and spending three to four hours online is just like having a regular job even though I still prefer to blog from home which makes me feel like an entrepreneur and feeling like an entrepreneur makes me feel that I have some agency in my life…
The old wisdom of never letting a good crisis go to waste is my motto too so the fact that my desktop computer or the cables that connected it to the Internet which I get over my phone line went bad forcing me to get another computer is not all bad news because it forces me to get a new computer (my old computer was ten years old) with a more up to date operating system (my old computer’s operating system was Windows 8) and my new computer will be able to connect to the Internet through my telephone jack and by Wi-Fi…
And now that I’ve narrowed my choice to a refurbished laptop computer of around $155.00 with a 14-inch screen and a Windows 10 operating system I’m actually feeling better about myself as a full-time professional blogger but I still need Little Italy for my mental health…
Hemingway was reported to have said a writer must survive in order to get his work done…
Visions Of Little Italy
A gray winter sky
Tomorrow back to the blog
The Bus Ride
I had just spent three hours online at the public library because I needed a new personal computer. She sat in a seat in the front of the bus. I knew her from Armand’s in Little Italy, a woman in her forties. I sat in the seat beside her.
“It’s freezing,” I said stuffing my gloves in a pocket of my coat, my black cloth cap pulled down in what I hoped was rakish youthfulness to cover both ears.
“Let’s see,” she said laughing and she reached and held one of my hands for a moment to check on how cold it was outside.
“At least my apartment is warm,” I said. “Too warm. It’s radiator heat. No thermostat. I have to adjust the heat every couple of hours, but I guess it’s better to be too hot—-”
“Than to be too cold.” She smiled at me. “I just came out to pick up a prescription and then I’m going to stop in at Armand’s.”
I would have stayed on the bus and gone to Armand’s with her, but I was broke. I felt the need to compensate for my poverty by doing a little bragging about my blog.
“I’m finally making a little money. Not much. But every little bit helps and I’ll keep making a little more and a little more and a little more…”
“What’s the name of your blog? Guy’s Blog?”
I pulled out my wallet and handed her my business card.
Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette
She sat looking down at the card in her hand.
“What’s your blog about?”
“What’s it about? It’s a magazine of culture for adults only. You have a computer?”
“Yes,” she said still looking down doubtfully at the card.
“Here’s my stop. Check it out.”
I pulled the cord and on impulse kissed her cheek and we hugged each other. I got off the bus. It would be two more weeks before I was back at Armand’s in Little Italy…
Every time I gave someone my business card, especially a woman, I didn’t think I ever won over a new reader. The Gazette averaged a little better than 6,000 readers a month, but my readership came strictly from the Internet. It was still freezing outside. I was only one block from my apartment building.
When I had a personal computer I would get up early in the morning, often times before dawn and do my exercises and then sit at my workstation and work for two or three hours and then it was time to shower, dress and by that time I was ready for a few beers at Armand’s in Little Italy which usually opened around 10:15 a.m. Monday through Saturday and I was often the first customer in the bar…
Now that I’m blogging from the library I like to be at the library when it opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday to get in three or four hours online and if I have any fun money I catch a 54 which takes me to Armand’s maybe around one in the afternoon..
The customers at 10:15 are different from the customers of one in the afternoon…
Three of the morning regulars or semi-regulars are Vietnam War veterans like I am and they are not interested in computers or the Internet and neither are the two regular morning bartenders who are baby boomers like me too and there is very seldom a woman in this morning crowd that might get up to around eight people by the time I leave around noon but the afternoon crowd between one and three o’clock will swell to as many as twenty people with maybe four or five women among them and there is this one Vietnam War veteran who is a semi-regular who comes in and we tell each other old war stories and talk about military weapons and battles and he is very much into computers and the Internet so much so that he is constantly downloading books on battles and commanders and weapons to his laptop which he carries around with his in a backpack and he may stop in to chat and to have a beer and a shot and then he’ll stroll down the street to the trendy cafe that has Wi-Fi…
The computer and the Internet is just as much a part of his life as they are a part of my life but I don’t think he would be at all interested in the subjects of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette not at all so my little girlie magazine never comes up…
Even though I won’t be able to put up any new Naked News videos until I get my new personal computer next month The Gazette does have over 140 Naked News videos for your viewing pleasure. Just scan down the sidebar to Categories and the Naked News link is at the very top!
Dateline Pittsburgh: 19 December 2016
It’s 3:00 a.m. and in two hours I’ll turn on the radio to the local 24/7 all news station to get the five-day weather forecast so I can plan my operations for the coming week and although I’ll have no problems getting to the library since the bus stop is across the street one block away and there are three buses that can take me to the library I still have to take care of some running around on foot and I want the weather to be tolerable…
Yesterday my youngest brother phoned me and my answering machine picked up so I talked to him for a little while but he was shopping with his wife and had to cut the conversation short but I was just happy I had communications again with the larger world beyond my small, shabby but comfy apartment and my tinkering with my answering machine has paid off…
I think I’ll order my new PC through PayPal instead of using my Visa card because I’m going to have to order it over the Internet from the library and I want a buffer between a public computer and my checking account just as an added precaution…
I finished re-reading the novel Women by Charles Bukowski and now I’m re-reading his novel Hollywood and there is no doubt the man could write but what a nihilistic bastard he must have been and it comes through loud and clear in all his fiction yet I also understand that the point of his style is to show up hypocrisy not only in others but in himself as well and maybe that’s part of the attraction of his direct in your face and unapologetic writing style and that is probably one reason why we are still reading him today and who am I to judge him because my judgment is irrelevant to his importance as an American writer…
Bukowski wrote a lot about bars too and I can’t wait to get back to Armand’s in Little Italy…
Hail to Pitt!
In less than an hour the 5:00 a.m. news will be on the local 24/7 all news radio station and my day will officially begin but I’ve just finished re-reading Good Pussy Bad Pussy, Rachel’s Tale by Amy Aimee and Amy’s novel has washed away a lot of the nastiness that I sense in the writing of Bukowski and the murkiness that makes me restless when I read too much Kerouac and while I admire both men and I realize they were both great writers I feel refreshed after re-reading Amy Aimee’s novel of adventure, self-discovery, lust and finally true love and yes dear reader the Old Soldier is an unrepentant sentimental romantic…
Amy Aimee the Old Soldier salutes you! You go girl…
I will do my running around on foot Wednesday when the afternoon high will be around 46 with a mixture of clouds and sunshine and no rain in sight.
The high today in Pittsburgh will be 29 with a mixture of clouds and sunshine.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette and this is my first 2,000-word blog post (2,023).