Topic: Conversations

L.A. Needs the Water 0

A Conversation

“They talked about the Owens Valley last night.”

“About the Alabama Gates shootout?”

“Missed that part.”

“Sort of a Bundy Seize around 1924.”

“A bunch of ranchers took over Alabama?”

“A bunch of Bishop ranchers kept Los Angeles from drinking Owens Valley water for nearly a week.”

“The old aqueduct?”

“It was new then. L.A. bought up the orchards and dried them out to send water south. The ranchers wanted the water back.”

“The place is a desert. I’m guessing the protest didn’t work out so well.”

“The ranchers lasted four days. Newspapers all over the world talked about it. But it didn’t stop Los Angeles. It opened up the gates.”

“It all runs downhill.”

“Yeah, flush twice; L.A. needs the water.”


Alabama Gates

Courtesy: Loyola Marymount University Digital Collections

Moments Before the Ambulance Arrives 0

A Conversation

“We found him out here just laying on the sidewalk?


“Yep. He looked dead.”

“And then he jumped up?”

“Yeah. Jumped off and started yelling.”

“All that stuff about ‘do you know who I am?’ and “you should listen’?

“I think he must have been a big shot once. I don’t think he is anymore.”

“He ran for awhile and then collapsed?”

“Strangest thing; seemed to run out of energy. He ran around, bumped into a few people, and then fell down. I swore he died again. Oh my, he’s sprinting away.”

“You guys need to hold him down. There, I think they have it.”

“That guy knows how to run.”

“Too much adrenaline. We can counteract it with this dose. Right in the neck. That’s it.”

“Will he be much trouble?”

“No. We’ll take him away and keep him safe.”

“What if he sprints again?”

“Not wearing this special jacket, ankle cuffs, and diaper.”

“He looks almost normal.”

“Yes. Almost normal.”

You’re a Writer, Right? 0

A Conversation

“So you’re a writer?”

“Yes, I guess I’ve been doing this for going on 23 years.”

“How come I haven’t read any of your stuff?”

“Hum, you might have seen my technology articles. I had a press release practically reprinted in the newspaper last week.”

“So you’re name wasn’t on it.”

“Well, not on that one. But my name was in High Technology Careers. I wrote an article about Microsoft and the Art of War.”

“Never heard of it. What I’m hearing is you’re really not a writer, right?”

“No, that’s not true. I may not be as well-known as James Patterson, but I am a writer.”

“I haven’t heard of him either.”