Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 4

Cartoon: SWS.

If you missed Westside Story – On The Road 75 years later – Part 3, consider clicking on the colorful (page approved) link to catch up.

At the end of Part 3, I was hoofing it across the sandy beach when my escape was blocked by a 6’ cyclone fence with three strands of barbed wire on top. It might have been electric barbed wire for all I know. Remember, this is Chicago. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Dang Root Beer

Dang Root Beer

While in Delaware I found a unique brand of root beer called Dang Root Beer. Dang Root Beer caught my eye because a nice man who works in Lakewood, named Linh Dang, provides lawn and garden service for the common areas that belong to our neighborhood association. Additionally, he is responsible for several private yards in our neighborhood. [Read more…]

Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 3


If you missed Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 2, consider clicking on the blue link to catch up.

During the summer of 1965 I survived learning some life lessons that serve me well to this day. There are two ways to learn things; the easy way and the hard way. I learned these lessons the hard way while serving as a college scholarship intern for James S. Kemper Insurance Company in Chicago, Illinois. [Read more…]

Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 2


If you missed Westside Story – On The Road 75 Years Later – Part 1, please consider clicking the blue link to catch up.

My roommate, Jim Singer, and I combined walking and bus riding for our daily commute to and from work. On one fateful day as we made our way home, we were swept up in a racial protest down in the Loop. We did not fully understand what was happening, nor did we wish to protest. We tried to escape the fracas by entering a nearby jewelry store. The owner quickly slammed and locked the door and would not let us in. He must have thought we were protestors bent on pillaging his store. [Read more…]

Westside Story – City of Lakewood makes the impossible possible

New road connects family.

On Friday, July 24, 2015, a good news article appeared in The Suburban Times titled Legislative Session Successful For Lakewood.  Under the sub-heading JBLM Corridor, I found miracle news which read as follows:

  • “A local connector road between Gravelly Lake Drive and Thorne Lane, essentially opening up the Tillicum neighborhood to the rest of Lakewood for the first time.”

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Westside Story – Tillicum Scores 10 on Neg-O-Meter

Cartoon - SWS.

I recently invented a prototype high tech device called the Neg-O-Meter. The Neg-O-Meter operates much like a Geiger Counter only instead of measuring radiation, it measures human negativity.

I used a Homeland Security approved bungee cord to attach my Neg-O-Meter to a radio controlled drone which I flew over the entire city to determine where the strongest source of negative attitudes radiate from. I did not fly my drone over the kids playing soccer at Ft. Steilacoom Park, because it is dangerous and besides, kids playing soccer are not going to be negative. [Read more…]