My Cousin Elmo says, "Only during a hurricane can you buy a shovel, tarp and duct tape, and no one thinks a thing about it."
On a weeklong business trip from the Los Angeles area to Reno, George Marrón decided to take some time and visit Virginia City on Wed., Jul. 20, at about 7:30 a.m. "I haven't been up here in several years," he said. "I expected it to have changed, gone modern, or something, but it hasn't. It … Continue reading L.A. Man Has Strange Encounter on Geiger
We are sad to hear of the passing of a longtime rodeo competitor nicknamed “The Jewish Cowboy” on Wed., Jul. 6, at his Los Angeles, Calif. Most people know him better as actor James Caan. Many do not know that he was a team roper competing in some of the top-ranked roping events in the … Continue reading He Shall Forever be Mississippi to Us
My Cousin Elmo says, "So, when a baby crawls across the floor for its bottle, it's cute, but when I do it, I need an intervention."
It was a three-day weekend, and my friend had loaned me the use of his cabin for a short holiday retreat. I pulled in by early afternoon and unpacked my truck. Once set up, I poured myself a small glass of Candian whiskey, pulled a chair from the small table by the wall, dragged it … Continue reading Knothole of Eternity
On Sun., Aug. 5, 1877, Samuel C. Davis, of the Virginia Chronicle, the wit, poet, and genial gentleman, was among the visitors at the turnverein picnic. He attempted to pass himself off as German several times during the day, but his act was flawed. Otherwise, his conduct was exemplary. On the same day, at about … Continue reading From the Pages of the Past
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm pretty sure I need only one more bad decision before I have the whole Set."
One of the most famous stories ever crafted by Territorial Enterprise reporter Dan De Quille involves the Pahranagat Valley in eastern Nevada, about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93. In the 1867 story, De Quille writes about having met a man from the Pahranagat Valley who showed him "a half dozen pebbles … Continue reading De Quille’s ‘Traveling Stones,” Then and Now
Jeanmarie Simpson is artistic director of Arizona Theatre Matters, where she is working on her latest production, "When Churchyards Yawn," billed as a spoof on "Hamlet," by William Shakespeare. "This is a pandemic-inspired piece," Simpson said. "We were stuck, for a time, not knowing when it would end or where we would be when it … Continue reading Arizona Playwright Recalls an Event at Piper’s
Janice was a fan of horror movies and books and even dabbled in ghost hunting from time to time. So when she saw the area rug with the Ouija board design, she knew she had to have one. It became the talk of her many friends, who believed it to be perfect given Janice's personality. … Continue reading The Roomba Doom
Storey County issued a boil water notice on Tue., Aug. 16, in the afternoon for many Virginia City residents. The county said through Twitter that the notice was for the areas between Sutton and Summit, Sutton and C Street, and C Street to the Virginia City Gas Station. The order was to be in place … Continue reading Virginia City Survives Boil Water Order and Power Outage
take joy in simplepeanut butter and jelly sandwichearly bedtime yawn
Karen was excited to get her new purchase home. The Kachina doll was unlike any in her collection. Proudly she set the figure on the middle shelf next to the colorful feathered dancers. She knew he would fit right in among the others. With dinner over, she was busy cleaning the kitchen when she heard … Continue reading Kachina Terror
Helene sat on her stoop, enjoying the cool Autumn air. Her joy broke by shouting from across the street. It was Korean George hollering at someone to leave his corner bodega. A young punk hurried out as Korean George chased him, wielding a bat. "And don't lemme see your ass in here again." "Yeah, whatever … Continue reading The Burn
0500 hours, October 26, and Wilson's body continued to tingle as he stepped onto the wooden porch of Crazy Kate's boardinghouse on A Street. Passing through the Gate did that to him every time. He reached the door and tried the knob. It turned, and he pushed his way inside. To his left was the … Continue reading History Repeats, Repeats, Repeats
Saturday, just after noon -- I had finished delivering the last of the Comstock Chronicle and Dayton Valley Dispatch. My truck broke down, so I could not finish it the day before. Driving up Six-mile Canyon, I happened on a woman in a small car with a flat tire. Knowing what it is like to … Continue reading Audition Video: Cornered
My Cousin Elmo says, "Smile at your enemies as if you have a case of gas, and if possible, fart, then walk away."
Tipsy the Clown stepped out of the bar and into the evening's chilled air. Drunk, he proceeded to stagger to his clown car and climb in. With his knees higher than the steering wheel, he turned on the car and stomped on the gas pedal. The tiny vehicle took off at a fast rate of … Continue reading Tipsy
"I found a new butcher's shop today," she said. "What was wrong with the old one?" "Nothing, it's just that this one has better, leaner cuts of meat, and the prices are better." "How long have they been in town?" "I'm not sure. Maybe two weeks or so." That night, at dinner, he agreed that … Continue reading Roast
As any service member can tell you, there is a penalty for alcohol abuse. In this case, we are speaking of spillage. When it happens, punishment -- erm -- we mean discipline -- must be provided to the offender. Though it varies from one duty station to another, a set of push-ups are generally the … Continue reading Alcohol Abused
it is not a smoke day for schools pity the little school children sitting in class and dreaming staring out the smokefrosted panes thoughts of making smokemen creating winged smoke angels tasting newly fallen smokeflakes eyelashes catching smokeflakes building not-so-secret smoke forts having many smokeball-fights and sledding down smokehill on last years steel smoke-runner gloves … Continue reading Smoke Day
Ink, 8 x 11 1/2 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "Stop buying plastic skeletons for Halloween. They are bad for the environment. Locally sourced, all-natural skeletons are much more environmentally friendly."
For the third time in the past six months, I played the song "The City of New Orleans," by Arlo Gutherie, written by Steve Goodman. It's a nostalgic tune about the passing of the railways throughout the U.S. It leaves me both happy and sad. The first thing I thought of when hearing it this … Continue reading Them Was the Days
Watercolor and ink, 11 x 17 inches
Sometimes it is difficult writing and reporting for the newspapers of record in such small communities like Virginia City. All sorts of things can go wrong, like seeing a bad story about a friend. That happened this week, and I had to bite the bullet and do my job, whether I wanted to or not. … Continue reading News
Watercolor and ink, 11 x 17 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "By drinking green tea instead of coffee, you can lose 87 percent of what joy you still have in life."
they walk on my grave and I ain't even cold yet fuck them all to hell
Felt pen, 11 x 17 inches
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm too damned busy working because of Biden's economy to celebrate Labor Day."
It has been at least 20 years since I got my wife drunk on Tuaca. We both had hangovers the following morning, but hers was worse than mine because she is not a drinker. We polished off the entire bottle of liquor, one shot at a time, before finally turning in at around 3 a.m. … Continue reading Tuaca and Toast
While I try never to take anything for granted, gospel truth (other than the Gospels) or random gossip, I did find myself intrigued by what others have to say about someone else in this small community called Virginia City. For instance, no less than two people told me that Alexia Sober was playing host to … Continue reading Red
My Cousin Elmo says, "I'm a ten, but on the pH scale."
When I first met Tina, she wore a beautiful Victorian-style gown with a corset and bustle underneath. I know this because I asked, which is not being rude as Virginia City reenactors want and like such notice. Tina is her real name, but I only knew her reenactor name, Trixie. Out of costume, makeup, and … Continue reading A Woman Named ‘Mudbutt’
It began as an innocuous posting on social media about an 1872 Nevada-California boundary marker made of cast iron near Verdi, Nev., being added to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 27, 1981. Things quickly spun out of control as someone replied, "'Cast Iron Obelisk' for when you want something durable, cheap, and … Continue reading SCP 18721981
He was what they were looking for in a subject. His deoxyribonucleic acid was perfect, and he had withstood the various probes they had put him through in their last three visits. For his part, he believed he had been suffering from nightmares. It was the last time, with the full-body paralysis and blue-green lights, … Continue reading Not in the DNA