Redwood Summer Chapter 10 (repost)

A rewrite of chapter 10 of Redwood Summer, a novel of 1990 San Jose.  In this chapter Jason is attempting to fix the car problem from the previous chapter, and ends up having a conversation with his father about where he's at in life, and about what Silicon Valley was in its agricultural past. via … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10 (repost)

Advertisements

Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Jason took a long drink from a bottle of tomato juice and waited for it to replenish him. His body was fatigued and his mind taxed from too much alcohol over the weekend. He leaned back against a three story rack of heavy steel shelves half filled with inventory and relaxed for a bit. He … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 14

Redwood Summer Chapter 13

“So now Alex is trying to hook him up with a job so he can pay off his back rent!” Mike said loudly to Jason over blaring party music. “Hook who up?!” Jason replied just as loud. “Curtis!” Mike repeated. “Oh, good for him!” Jason yelled back. “Hope it works out!” “Maybe he can find … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 13

Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Jason hurried through downtown along Santa Clara Street. The glaring, late summer sun heated him from above and he was stifled by the unfamiliar tightness of his necktie. He loosened its knot, unbuttoned his collar, and let the heat out as he kept moving. He turned south onto Market Street, went a little further, then … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part III Chapter 12

Redwood Summer Chapter 11

“You don’t believe me, do you,” Phil said impatiently. “I don’t know, Phil,” Larry admitted, “that all sounds pretty off the wall. And how do you know anyways?” “The information is out there,” Phil restated, “and anyone can find out if they're willing to look beyond the establishment mass media.” “Oh, here we go again!” … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 11

Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Jason leaned over the grill and radiator of his car and reached downward with a new hose. He pushed on one side of the rigid hose then the other as he tried again to slide it onto the intake nozzle of the water pump. He struggled some more in the cramped engine space and was … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 10

Redwood Summer Chapter 9

Jason paced himself with the surrounding traffic on one of the valley freeways. Vehicles moved in sync as cars, vans, and pickups sped past semi-trailer trucks in the late afternoon sun. More vehicles entered from and exited onto merge lanes. Randy sat in the passenger seat talking while Brian was in the back seat, his … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 9

Redwood Summer Chapter 7

Jason and Christine were sitting upon a small stand of wooden bleachers watching her nephew’s little league baseball game. Christine’s sister, brother in law, brother, brother’s girlfriend, niece and nephew were sitting by them along with other families and groups of friends. Others were lounging on folding lawn chairs on either side of the cyclone … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 7

Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

  Jason put on a T-shirt and combed his hair in front of his bedroom mirror. He then grabbed his keys, wallet, and change and left his room for the kitchen. The morning sun shone through the windows and the remains of breakfast were on the kitchen counter. Jason's mother was sitting at the kitchen … Continue reading Redwood Summer Part II Chapter 6

Redwood Summer Chapter 5

Jason's eyes slowly opened in the diminishing darkness of early dawn. He made out a ceiling in the dimness, then looked down and saw Christine asleep and huddled up against him on the living room couch. He gently kissed her face, then felt the weight of a hangover and his eyes fell shut. His head … Continue reading Redwood Summer Chapter 5