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Breakfast at the Diner
Cranky Old Fart
Neverending Film Festival
Pathetic Life

Downtown without daylight

Loud breakfast

Some days it's impossible

News & Links: Monday, December 25, 2023

Beef. It's what's for dinner. Also shrimp, an unidentified meat, breaded chicken, sauteed fruit, and lots of fried rice.


Roast beef with Dean

News & Links: Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The Importance of Being Earnest, and a few more films

A tale of two pee tests

News & Links: Saturday, December 16, 2023

Throat lozenges and aspirin

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, and a few more films

This unique bureaucrat

News & Links: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Black Narcissus, and a few more films

Greystoke, and a few more films

News & Links: Monday, December 11, 2023

The Last Voyage, and a few more films

Looking for work, from my recliner

The Boys in the Band, and a few more films

News & Links: Saturday, December 9, 2023

Devil's Express, and a few more films

Dead Man, and a few more films

Four crazy people

Cellular, and a few more films

News & Links: Monday, December 4, 2023

Empty prattle on a foggy afternoon

Blaze, and a few more films

I'll do anything legal for $18 an hour.

Between the Lines, and a few more films

News & Links: Saturday, December 2, 2023

Barton Fink, and a few more films

News & Links: Thursday, November 30, 2023 

Attack of the Saucer People, and a few more films

News & Links: Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and a few more films

Strangers in a rainstorm

Blood Quantum, and a few more films

News & Links: Saturday, November 25, 2023

True Romance, and a few more films

Thanksgiving, 2023

News & Links: Thursday, November 23, 2023

They're the family, so we keep trying.

The Internet's Own Boy, and a few more films

News & Links: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Wally the Cop

Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and a few more films

"This is the last stop."

Ride in the Whirlwind, and a few more films

Israel has no right to exist.

Nothing But a Man, and a few more films

News & Links: Friday, November 17, 2023

Line of Duty, and a few films

That girl at summer camp

Get Shorty, and a few more films

Medical and dental

Dark Star, and a few more films

News & Links: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Big Wednesday, and a few more films

This old chair

Berkeley in the Sixties, and a few more films


News & Links: Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Last Temptation of Christ, and a few movies

Taken for a Ride, and a few movies

The Kids in the Hall, and a few movies

And there goes Mike

The Card Counter, and a few more movies

News & Links: Thursday, November 9, 2023

Thanks for breakfast, Mom.

The Cable Guy, and a few more movies

News & Links: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Who's That Girl?, and a few more movies

Reflections of Evil, and a few more movies


News & Links: Saturday, November 4, 2023

Hiroshima, and a few more movies

Things my mom never told me

News & Links: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Celluloid Closet, and a few more movies

News & Links: Monday, October 30, 2023

Crazy Horse

The Time Traveler's Wife, and a few more movies

You Can't Take It With You, and a few more movies

News & Links: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Special Bulletin, and a few more movies

Fresh idiots

Man with a Movie Camera, and a few more movies

Nightmare Alley, and a few more movies

The Night Strangler, and a few more movies

The Mad Doctor of Market Street, and a few more movies

News & Links: Sunday, October 22, 2023

Bad cops: Sunday, October 22, 2023

God Bless America, and a few more movies

The Naked City, and a few more movies

Solaris, and a few more movies

Bad cops: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Jesus of Montreal, The Lady in the Van, and The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time

Every word is boring

The Atomic Cafe, and a few more movies

2,160 pledges

Doctor Who (2nd season, 2005-06)

News & Links: Saturday, October 14, 2023

I am a Superfund site

When Fatty wasn't funny

Liberty 37, China 9, and a few more movies

Stalker, and a few more movies

News & Links: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

My father's favorite father

Sleep so shallow

Scarecrow, Street Trash, and The Three Musketeers

Battleship Potemkin, and a few more movies

News & Links: Friday, October 6, 2023

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and a few more movies

Three minutes and fifteen seconds with someone I hate

The Man Who Stole the Sun, and a few more movies

What cops say becomes "the news"

News & Links: Saturday, September 30, 2023



News & Links: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ten minutes of waiting

Manchester by the Sea, and a few more movies

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, and a few more movies


News & Links: Friday, September 22, 2023

District 9, and a few more movies

Ménilmontant, and a few more movies

Almost an adventure

Delicatessen, and a few more movies

Things I don't give a damn about

An Unearthly Child, and a few more movies


News & Links: Friday, September 15, 2023

A text message from Mom

News & Links: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Am I a butt-head?

Three women

Protecting us from the pigeons

Durk & Sandy & Skye & Natalee

News & Links: Saturday, September 9, 2023

How to open a plastic container of butter

News & Links: Thursday, September 7, 2023

My career at Whitewater Marine

They Live, and a few more movies

News & Links: Monday, September 4, 2023

Opium, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, PCP, meth, molly, speed, and fentanyl

News & Links: Sunday, September 3, 2023

Sweet lollipop 

News & Links: Thursday, August 31, 2023

No chance for a cheeseburger

Teaching children not to learn

The Devil and Miss Jones, and a few more movies

Aurora Avenue

News & Links: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Never do a stranger's laundry

Outsource this.

News & Links: Thursday, August 24, 2023

Morning pessimism

Naked, and a few more movies

Who Killed Captain Alex?, and a few more movies

A rat

News & Links: Saturday, August 19, 2023

And there goes Joe.

Please don't call.

News & Links: Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Emergency at the bus station

Doctor Who (1st season, 2005)

American Revolution 2, and a few more movies

News & Links: Monday, August 14, 2023

Less pessimistically, there's this

Star Trek and Doctor Who

News & Links: Saturday, August 12, 2023

Freaked, and a few more films


"Please deliver to upstairs porch."

The Unknown Marx Brothers, and a few more movies 

News & Links: Thursday, August 10, 2023

Strange silence

12:01, and a few more movies

Three bus rides, with editorials

News & Links: Tuesday, August 8, 2023

And I laughed.

Ishi, the Last Yahi, and a few more movies

Revelation 21:8

Escape from a stale hell

So I bailed.

News & Links: Saturday, August 5, 2023

Tunnel Vision, and a few more films

News & Links: Thursday, August 3, 2023

And there goes Margaret.

Seven Saturdays every week

White Lotus, and a few more movies

Life advice from a high school dropout

The sneeze

The legend of Bun Man

Brain Donors, and a few other movies

The Thing from Another World, and a few more movies

News & Links: Monday, July 31, 2023

Visit to UPS Park

A prefect record

$50,000 for Donald Trump

Everything I own

News & Links: Saturday, July 29, 2023

Breakfast at the Diner #58

Our Song

Wasting his life on drugs

The Honeymoon Killers, and a few more movies 

Denise at 22

News & Links: Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Dark Days, and a few other movies

Dems and Republicans and hot dogs

Just one question

Three ham sandwiches

News & Links: Monday, July 24, 2023

"So I changed my life."

The body under the blanket

At the movies with QAnon

News & Links: Sunday, July 23, 2023

At the Circus, and a few more movies

Three items of little or no consequence

News & Links: Friday, July 21, 2023

Last word

What's this guy up to?

Ghosts with Shit Jobs, and a few more movies

The kitchen talk show

News & Links: Wednesday, July 19, 2023


At the bus stop

Grey Rabbit

Hippie in a puddle of blue

News & Links: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Searching for Bobby Fischer, and a few more movies

"Are you a dirty old man?"

Preacher & the Band

The News: Friday, July 14, 2023

Assorted cynicism and pessimism

Thanks for the zine, but it ain't much.

The news: Thursday, July 13, 2023

Emily the Criminal, and a few more movies 

"For use on Doug"

An open-door policy

The News: Tuesday, July 11. 2023

On yesterday's news

The News: Monday, July 10. 2023

A good guy

Good, bad, and way overpriced eats

Anything legal, by mail

Bad science

The News: Saturday, July 8. 2023

Yes, you CAN run away from your problems.

The News: Friday, July 7, 2023

First, the fireworks

Then, the soup

The News: Thursday, July 6, 2023

Bo Peep

The Chevy across the street

Simply, no.

The News: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

The Shadow Out of Time, and a few more movies

Getting ready to scream again

The Car, and six more movies

Cert requests

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

The list of the things that I will not miss

The News: Saturday, July 1, 2023

A slight plumbing problem

Arguments by mail

The News: Thursday, June 29, 2023

This page gets grumpier as it goes.

The News: Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Just an old guy ranting

Two hours and twenty minutes

Cracked and shattered, eating pastries alone

The News: Saturday, June 24, 2023

The News: Thursday, June 22, 2023

A little tipsy but no trouble

This, that, and the other thing

The News: Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Out of whack

The bus that stopped

Lost in a cemetery

No pertinent experience

False starts

The News: Saturday, June 17, 2023

Trump Punishment Pool

A beautiful place we visited 

The News: Wednesday, June 14, 2023


The News: Monday, June 12, 2023

The tall, skinny, ugly man

The News: Sunday, June 11, 2023

A rational, reasonable conversation

A beige cream with leg hairs

Hillary & Donald

The Death of Dick Long, and six more movies

Leaning on a telephone pole

Today's smoke will blow away.

The News: Friday, June 9, 2023

Thinking about walking

The view at twilight

Invasion of the Body Snatchers:
A book and two movies

Things that are bullshit

Mostly letters

Just the links, ma'am

Urgent calls

Breakfast at the Diner #57

Going through the motions

"See you tomorrow."

Funerals and picnics

An hour in Oakland

Knock, knock. Who's there?

Graffiti and a ghost

The edited version

How to make friends and pick up chicks

Mr Previn

The conversation

Togas and tomato sandwiches

Getting your act together

Best and worst bus rides of the week

The loudest motherfucker

Man on the Moon, and six more movies

Paranoia runs deep

The libertarian in me

A salad at home

Blood, sweat, and adrenaline

A movie that changed my life

A hummer at the movies

Check your messages, check your bags

An open door

"This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender."

A different kind of shaker

Salt & salt

Big boxes

Maybe it's better they stop pretending.

The salesman

Me and Mom, again

The moral of the story is, lose your morals.

A good drenched

Screw the rotting corpse of Billy Graham.

Let there be links

Blown away

Holy moly!

Brush your teeth, kids.

Monday, Monday

A pretty woman, and a bum

The perfect cubicle

Inspector Benji

The NeverEnding Story, and six more movies

All serious and sanctimonious

This morning's breakfast

Ashley's big dinner

The rules, from the roof

Three bus rides

Knock, knock

To funeral, or not to funeral

My favorite maniac 

A beer from the heart

Happy that way

Black and loud

My privacy settings

A ringing phone

Five women in one day

Nothing much

Too much mail

Flank and Larry

The last rites

Attack of the mouth-breather

"You gotta bring your cell phone, Doug."

Vote for yourself!

Sincerely, goodbye.

Short stuff

Three bums

Moaning, barking, hammering

Fire on the fourth floor

Screaming obscenities at the heavens

Party at People's Park

Rearranging the furniture

The only thing better than saying 'no'

Gentle bossa nova

The Rose Bud Movie Palace

The very slightest of slights

Secret words

22 Fillmore

"Can I sleep at your house tonight?"

Eight hours pay for three hours standing around

April of '96 in San Francisco

Abortion in the Bible 

Mom Is Cooking

Your pizza will be ready in July.

Channel 7 van man

Buildings and buildings, blocks and blocks

Too many of us

She Be Bonkers

Jerry and Jesus

Sadomasochism and me

My part of town

Puppy Dog Syndrome

Welcome to western civilization!

Me and Will Shatner


A tale of two cities

When your dreams exceed your budget

Tax time

Clouds over the island

So many reasons to be blue

Almost Famous, and six more movies

Poetry on the Ave

Crummy old mountains

 A question for the Councilmember

Laughing at tragedy

Jughead crossing

This is what a movie theater should be.

A month of breakfasts with Mom

Not at all a date

The Day Mars Invaded Earth, and six more movies

Out of the fog

A poor choice of words

An angry woman

Bowling with Jesus

Walking the new neighborhood

Under the fire escape

"You're here."

Not even a drip

Frolicking alone

Changing the margins

View from the veranda

My plans for the weekend

Living lousy for less

Note from the mailroom

It's Jim Cranston Day!

The worst McDonald's in the world

Everyone else's mess

Free pastries on the bus

A living place

Scent of a man

Didn't see that coming

Hot dogs and burritos

La Jetée, and six more movies

Bad doctoring, doc.

Utne Reader, MRR, and The Match

Him, Claudius

Arrivals and departures

An invitation to what?

Five days on, then two days off

That darn Jasper!

Another day in Berkeley

Talking politics

Thataway comes the C bus.

Sisyphus with a mop

Nobody has their crap together.

Open wide

Morvern Callar, and six more movies

Jacque's invitation

Rivers of living water

Baked, beaned, and burned

Hello, and good morning, and good night.


Incident at Burger King

Riot in Cell Block 11, and six more movies

At Mabel's place

Salad play-by-play

"Yucky stuff"

Brenda, Bradley, and Barbara

Marijuana and erythromycin

Two breakfasts with Mom

The Silent Partner, and six more movies

Life, death, and anonymity

Loud fart in a quiet office

Dinner and a double feature

Stiffed by Quimby's

 Not my best moment

The Periphery Project, and six more movies

Walking pneumonia

Comes a Horseman, and six more movies

Still sick, sorry.

New hire

"[Something something] difficult."

Cowguy, and other bus adventures

Christmas tree capitalism

These are not normal times.

Why does it have to be so difficult?

Famous last words

Long Weekend, and six more movies

The man from McDonald's

Sans Soleil, and six more movies

A five-hour dinner

Re-refrigerated salads

Apollo 10½, and six more movies

I deserve worse.

Millionaires' Island

Duck Soup, and six more movies

Honesty in government

I can't quite get there.

A stranger's dead uncle

The woman in pajamas

Nap time's over.

Guacamole and glass

The third signs

An acceptable variant

McLibel, and six more movies

Still perfectly edible


Three personal references

Riding the bus with cops

Farewell to the Post Office

Hallmark Holiday

A very big machine

No answers, FishGuy

Welcome to the Post Office

A card with no words

"Here ya go, hun."

My theory of hygiene

Low-tech breakfast

A goddess from Walhalla

A moment of violence

The washcloth

Paranoia runs deep.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Heat simmers, and U/A sucks

Getting ready for work

One of the best and most liberating things

What's Up, Doc? and six more movies

Consider yourself nudged

Two bad rides on BART

Earth Abides 

Queen of Snakes, and six more movies

Listening to pirate radio

Not today, thanks.

Off the fritz

Empire of the Sun, and six more movies

Inspected and alone


Barely there for breakfast

A brand new start of it, New York, New York

Planet of the Apes, and six more movies

A fine rat

Fondue Fred

My morning with Dean

Street Krishnas

The Golden Gate

Never steal a pirate's galoshes

Ghost World, and six more movies

The street preacher

50¢ worth of crime

 Bus luck

Henry Fool, and six more movies

"The Bill of Rights is mostly bullshit."

Mysteries of the dumpster

Playing in the rain

Straight Time, and six more movies

A big fat failure 

Man down

Scrabble and Running

Rope, and six more movies

February 13

Gerry goes to jail



Two great movies, four good movies, and one crappy movie

Mr Menthol

The old church

Seriously wrong

Cheeseburger, fries, and salad

Wishing her the very best

Yes, God, Yes, and six more movies


Remembrances in the rain

Silent Running, and six more movies

Stop lying to me.

Graham cracker slumgullion

The dancer and the driver

Intruder alert

Rififi, and six more movies

Midget and Stickman

Quite a lot of food

Forbidden, and six more movies

An invitation to tea

The people in charge

Inquiries and investigations


Dolls, and six more movies

Goodbye, damn it.

The executive chef

Brief Encounter, and six more movies

Tannenbaum massacre


Mom steals my fries

Inarguably fucked up in the head

Worms and tomatoes

 "Like hell you will."

 Walking my Stephanie's walk

Face/Off, and six more movies

Hamburger dream

All I ask of the future

Woodstock, and six more movies

What are we celebrating, really? 

Riding the water taxi, for free

Distance is my favorite family value.

Some bus rides

The year's final pettiness

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