Mumbling in the Dark or Tales from Detroit


Cooper the Golden Child

The more I think about Cooper’s recent bad behavior the more I think a bit of jealousy and a smidgen of feeling abandoned is at the heart of it. As is the case with puppies, he chewed his share of slippers and empty boxes, PJs and socks, destroyed a pillowRead More …

The Saga of the Deserted Duo

Jan 4, 2022 So, some jerkweed major asswipe son of a bitch pulled to the curb in the park last night, unloaded a large dog cage – complete with dogs – opened the cage and drove away. I tried to get them but I had Bummer and Girly in theRead More …

A Fellow Dog Walker – Gone to Blue

Well, this happened. Found a fellow dog-walker sitting in his car, gone to blue. I felt something was wrong the first time I passed his car. His bike was out and so was his dog, not completely unusual but it was morning and George was more an afternoon walker. SinceRead More …

Joe Harper’s Dishes

I have Joe Harper’s dishes. I have no idea who Joe Harper was. I suspect he was a big man and suspect as well he was sick at the end. Let me explain. Back when I returned to the D in 2011 there were at least 50 abandoned houses withinRead More …

Pro-Lifers Ain’t Pro-Life

So, the Pumpkinfuhrer has nominated someone for the Supreme Court vacancy. Not gonna get into the hypocrisy of the Republicans over their 0 to 60 rush to confirm. I mean, their hypocrisy is kinda well known and expected of that spineless bunch. And, while it’s my opinion that Amy ConeyRead More …

Looking For the Four Horsemen or Someone Like Them

If I were a Christian, or any western religion that had a vengeful god at the top of the totem pole, I’d be a tad worried. Maybe a few would be elated if they leaned toward the old rapture scenario but overall I would think worry would prevail. First TrumpyRead More …

Happy Birthday, Richard

I’ve had only two really close male friends in my life. There was Spike, gone 10 years or more now. He was perhaps the most formative person in my life. Much of my attitude, my beliefs came from him. He came into my life at a crucial moment, a timeRead More …

The Last Time I Saw Richard

The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in 68 and he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday, cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe. ~Joni Mitchell I’m old and late in the evening comes pretty early for me. Those few folks who mightRead More …

Getting Old

It’s said that getting old ain’t for sissies. True, that. It ain’t the aches and pains, the three trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the weird medical shit that pops up, the eyesight failing, the hearing loss, the fear of falling, the giving up of foodsRead More …

Pooping on Boulders

So, the city of Detroit decided to put boulders in all the city parks. Well, I’m pretty sure all of them though I’ve only noticed them in the parks I either go to or pass by on my way to somewhere else. Anyway, they put them in Eliza Howell parkRead More …

Pusher Man

Okay, I know this is selfish of me and even puts me in the questionable role of ‘pusher man’ but I want to get my dogs addicted to drugs, specifically the drug with the street name Coffee. Why, you might ask. Why would I want to do this despicable thing?Read More …

Alien Abduction

Out in the park with the boys this morning, walking on the street rather than the trail because the grass is high and mama deer park their baby deer in the high grass and I didn’t want the boys stumbling across one. Red in tooth and claw and all that.Read More …

The Grand Adventure of Boomer and Jes

“Where are we?” asked Boomer “How do I know, we’ve never been here before,” replied Jes. “That’s not terribly helpful.” “Well, you’re the one who thought jumping the fence was a good idea.” “Well you followed.” “I wasn’t about to let you wander around loose. You’d get in sooo muchRead More …

Wildlife in the D

Before they started tearing down all the abandoned and burned out houses in the neighborhood, I used to enjoy walking about at dusk and watching the bats streak about the sky, sucking up all the annoying bugs that plague us in the hellish summers of Detroit. They’re all but goneRead More …

Repurposing Lawyer Jokes

Back in my working days I used to collect lawyer jokes. Seemed an appropriate thing to do as I spent nearly 30 years working around them and developed an intense dislike for 90+% of them. Which isn’t to say there weren’t really good ones. I met quite a few duringRead More …