Thursday, May 26, 2022

052622d



Reliable Plumbing in Baton Rouge is anything but. They did some good work, but they screwed up on our shower. I won't call them again. Here's what happened. We bought this house last November, and discovered almost right away that someone had poured or spilled grout in the master bath shower drain and it drained veeeeeery slowly. So who ya gonna call? We chose Reliable more or less at random, because we didn't know any plumbers. They were recommended by someone we didn't know well, but what's that worth? We had a couple of other plumbing problems, which they took care of. When it came to the shower, they discovered the grout (which we had told them about). Then they messed around with a snake, and some other tools, but after about an hour they gave up. At this point the shower wouldn't drain at all. They said they'd have to jackhammer up the tile floor of the shower to get to the grout. It would be expensive, and we put it off.

Fast forward to this month. We needed some HVAC work done. I called Central Heating and Air, because they'd done some work for us before. After making an appointment, she asked if there was anything else I needed. "No, just some plumbing work," I said, because something had come up that day. "We do that too," she said (through a partnership with AccuTemp Services). So they came out, did a good job, and then we asked them to take a look at the shower. They discovered the grout, which we'd told them about. They messed around for half an hour, and discovered the broken end of a snake. Now how did that get in there? At this point the shower was draining again, but too slowly for anything but a lightning shower.They left, saying they'd come back with a stouter snake. And oh, by the way, if you pour some muriatic acid down the drain, that should help. You might want to try that. Muriatic acid isn't expensive, so we bought some, poured a little in the shower, and wow! It's draining well, and passed the shower test. Too bad we didn't call them a lot sooner.

Now isn't it pretty!

052622c



snap of a stem
when she tells him at dinner
separate checks


Only a two-word change from a few years ago, but it's significantly tighter

052622b



All Contributors to Dreams and Nightmares

Issue 1 was published in January 1986. Out of 121 issues (three early issues are missing from my archive, and possibly lost in the mists of time), all but one had at least one contribution by someone I’d never published before. This list includes 570 names. I had no idea. If you see an error, kindly bring it to my attention.

Sheikha A.
Anne Carly Abad
Duane Ackerson
Hansen Tor Adcock
Judson Michael Agla
Mary Alexandra Agner
Maria Alexander
A. T. Allan
Blair H. Allen
John Thomas Allen

Laura Allen
Mike Allen
Chris Ambrose
Anastasia Andersen
Colleen Anderson
Peter Andrews
ivan arguelles
Michael A. Arnzen
Stuart Arotsky
Rane Arroyo

assu
Daniel Ausema
Tiffany Auxier
Davian Aw
Blythe Ayne
Hanes Bach
Sarah Backer
Clay Bailey
Baishampayan
Aiden Baker

Julie Ann Baker
Robert Baldwin
Lee Ballentine
baloian
David Barber
Virgil Barfield
Anita M. Barnard
Elizabeth Barrette
Timothy Bartel
Hillary Bartholomew

Lee Barwood
Charles Baudelaire
Chris Bauer
Cassie Beasley
Greg Beatty
Sabina C. Becker
Guy R. Beining
Helena Bell
John Bell
Amanda Bennett

John M. Bennett
Nancy Bennett
F. J. Bergmann
Ruth Berman
Harriet Bernstein
Matt Betts
Brian Biswas
D. S. Black
Martin Blanco
Sue Bland

Robert Blaney
Tippi N. Blevins
Leah Bobet
Valerie Bodell
Fred Boltz
Robert Borski
Angelyn Bosch
Harry Bose
Bruce Boston
Karen Bovenmyer

Andy Boyan
Lisa M. Bradley
M. L. Brannock-Lunde
John Briggs
Lida Broadhurst
Portia Brockway
John Paul Brown
Michael H. Brownstein
Shelly Bryant
Erik Buchanan

Rebecca Buchanan
Donna Taylor Burgess
Cathy Buburuz
Tyra Buburuz
Mark Budman
Charlotte S. Burns
William C. Burns, Jr.
C. Darren Butler
Carolyn Ann Schirmbeck Campbell
Sarah Cannavo

Charles Cantrell
E. R. Carlin
Jeff Carlson
Jay Caselberg
Anna Cates
Alan Catlin
CEE
m c childs
Mary E. Choo
Zella Christiansen

Christine
James A. Cicero
Brian C. Clark
G. O. Clark
David Clink
William Clunie
Alicia Cole
Geoffrey W. Cole
Michael R. Collings
Michael Collins

J. L. Comeau
Bob Cook
Anthony Cooney
Steve Cooper
Clayton A. Couch
Dan Crawford
Gary William Crawford
Jeff Creek
Judson Crews
Vonnie Crist

D. Crockell
Jennifer Crow
Michael Csontos
Andrew J. Cunningham
Harold D. Cupec
Cythera
Dick Dahlstrom
Kart Dandenell
Gillian Daniels
Keith Allen Daniels

Andrew Darlington
Richard Davignon
Geri Davis
Deborah L. Davitt
Holly Day
Peter Dean
Corrine DeWinter
Jim DeWitt
Jill Dimaggio
Erin Donahoe

Brianne Donegan
Kevin Donihe
J. W. Donnelly
James S. Dorr
Denise Dumars
John J. Dunphy
Roger Dutcher
Peg Duthie
Carla Eardley
John M. Edwards

Wayne Edwards
Ziggy Edwards
Rhonda Eikamp
John Elrod
Angela England
Timons Esaias
Michael Estabrook
Kendall Evans
R. G. Evans
Gary Every

Charles Fallis
Richard Fay
Stanley A. Fellman
Mark Fewell
Jim Flosdorf
Dave Fode
Jody Forest
Karen Foster
Janet Fox
Catherine Francis

Karin L. Frank
Sanford Fraser
Robert Frazier
Chris Friend
Joey Froehlich
M. Frost
Daniel P. Fusch
fuson
Gack
Joshua Gage

GAK
Tom Galusha
W. Paul Ganley
Adele Gardner
Lyn C. A. Gardner
Terry A. Garey
Gwynne Garfinkle
Jim Garrison
Wade German
John Gesang

Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
David Gianatasio
Candra K. Gill
Peter Goldstein
LeRoy Gorman
Vince Gotera
Arthur Gottlieb
Charles A. Gramlich
John Graywood
Chris Green

Scott [E.] Green
Ray Greenblatt
Michael Greenhut
John Grey
Sarah Grey
Laura Grodin
Bob Grumman
Melissa A. Haas
Robert Haase
R. Monk Habjan

Ted Haigh
John Francis Haines
Todd Hanks
Genine Hanns
Lawrence Harding
K. S. Hardy
C. R. Harper
Mark Hartrick
Lois Hays
Robert Head

Berrien C. Henderson
Samantha Henderson
Chad Hensley
Fred Herman
Elizabeth Hillman
Alicia Hilton
Jon Hodges
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Justin Holliday
Glenna Holloway

Kelli Hoppmann
Diana Horton
tom house
Juleigh Howard-Hobson
Amy Jo Huffman
Marlys Bradley Huffman
Coral Hull
Dwight E. Humphries
Rik Hunik
Ian Hunter

Geof Huth
Abi Hynes
Pedro Iniguez
Irving
Charlee Jacob
Sarah Ruth Jacobs
Stephanie Jacobs
Geoff Jackson
ave jeanne
Jeeves

John Johnson
John Philip Johnson
Michael Johnson
Natalie Johnson
Sue Kouma Johnson
K. L. Jones
R. Mac Jones
Shelly Jones
Thomas D. Jones
Tim Jones

Johan Jonsson
Arthur R. Joyce
Carie Juettner
Allen K. [Koszowski]
Kassidy Jack Kabza
Alexander M. Kaminsky
Bonita Kale
Babo Kamel
Herb Kauderer
Millea Kenin

Elizabeth Keogh
Eileen Kernaghan
Lezlie Kinyon
Vanessa Kittle
Judy Klass
A. R. Klosterman
Deborah P Kolodji
David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Lillian Kopaska-Merkel
Morgan Kopaska-Merkel

Sheila Kopaska-Merkel
Alec Kowalczyk
Richard Kownacki
Mark Kreighbaum
Lisa Kucharski
Mira Teru Kurka
Lambeth
Geoffrey A. Landis
Jessica Langer
Michael Larrain

Doni A. Lazenby
Michelle Leasure-Firesheets
Nicole J. LeBoeuf
Elizabeth Lee
Pete Lee
Yoon Ha Lee
Gerri Leen
Sandi Leibowitz
Lisa Lepovetsky
Shelley Lesher

Richard Levesque
D. F. Lewis
Molly Likovich
Joe Lintner
April Lott
Jane LouXis
P. H. Low
Anthony Lucero
David Lunde
Hillary Lyon

Jeffry Maber
Stefanie Maclin
Kurt MacPhearson
Rich Magahiz
Mike Maiello
Cindy Main
Elissa Malcohn
Darja Malcolm-Clarke
John C. Mannone
Avra Margariti

Angela Mark
Melissa Marr
Denny Marshall
Bruce McAllister
Brendan McBreen
Lauren McBride
Elizabeth McClellan
Michael McClellan
Christine McDermott
Ron McDowell

Juan Mcgowan
Daffyd McKimm
Patrick McKinnon
Pamela McLeod
Mark McQueen
Kat Meads
Robert Randall Medcalf, Jr.
Daniel Paul Medici
Lisa Megraw
Lynette Mejia

David Memmott
Joanne Merriam
Damian Michael
S. A. Mielke
Andy Miller
Cathy Miller
Errol Miller
M. Wayne Miller
Russ Miller
Mario Milosevic

Minerva
Samuel Minier
Miguel O. Mitchell
Bucky Montgomery
Brock Marie Moore
Phylinda Moore
Randy Moore
Russell Morgan
Morgan J. Moriarty
M. W. Moriearty

Michael Morris
Charles Moskus
Jaime Lee Moyer
Michelle Muenzler
Kristine Ong Muslim
Hanan Muzafar
Edward Mycue
Randy Nakoneshny
Robert Nagler
Kim L. Neidigh

Mari Ness
Karen Newman
Kurt Newton
Scott Nicolay
Amy Nolting
Michael Noonan
James O’Melia
Adrienne J. Odasso
Joy Oestreicher
Krzysztof Ostaszewsky

Karen Oyerly
Nicholas Ozment
Carol D. Page
Eric Pape
Rhonda Parrish
Helen Patrice
Richard William Pearce
Isabel Pelech
Georgette Perry
Michael Paul Peter

Phil Plott, Jr.
Richard Pitaniello
Karen R. Porter
Robert E. Porter
Beverly J. Poston
Bethany Powell
Ken Poyner
Lon Prater
Stan Proper
Joe Pulver

Jacie Ragan
William L. Ramseyer
Jessy Randall
dan raphael
Sandy Raschke
Wendy Rathbone
Don Raymond
Sean Reagan
Gregory Reardon
Janet Reedman

Julie Reeser
Angel Reign
John Reinhart
Terrie Leigh Relf
Philip Renne
Sofia Rhei
Mark Rich
Dee Rimbaud
Uncle River
W. C. Roberts

Marsheila Rockwell
Rachel Rodman
Bruce Holland Rogers
Stephen D. Rogers
Karen A. Romanko
Hester J. Rook
Rie Sheridan Rose
Romie Stott
Rose Rosberg
Jaime Rosen

Virginia Rubio
Mark Rudolph
Drew Russell
Richard Ruszkeiwicz
Marina Lee Sable
Wayne Allen Sallee
James Sallis
Federica Santini
Charles M. Saplak
Lynne Sargent

Robert J. Savino
Lorraine Schein
Dan Scheltema
Lawrence Schimel
Andrea Schlect
Sandra Scholes
Julie Schultz
Ann K. Schwader
Darrell Schweitzer
Rose Secrest

Lee Seed
Alexandra Seidel
semi
Claudia Serea
Paul K. Sewell
John W. Sexton
Jack Shadoian
Katherine Heath Shaeffer
Glenn Sheldon
Susan Sheppard

Lisa Shockley
David F. Shultz
Stuart J. Silverman
Cheryl Simeone
Thomas E. Simmons
M. B. Simon
Bobbi Sinha-Morey
Jo Anne Slayton-Wong
H. Turnip Smith
Meg Smith

Milan Smith
Oliver Smith
Gloundan Smorpian
Steve Sneyd
Christina Sng
Maryanne K. Snyder
Susan Spilecki
Joshua St. Claire
Scott Standridge
Joseph Stanton

Brandon Stevens
Alan Stewart
W. Gregory Stewart
Anne Stone[-Coyote]
Sue Storm
Bradley R. Strahan
Megan Stringfellow
Ginger Strivelli
Kiel Stuart
David R. Sullivan

David Lee Summers
Bill Sweeney
Karen Sweeney
Jennifer Sweet
Sonya Taaffe
James Tate
Nancy Ellis Taylor
Rick Taylor
Steve Rasnic Tem
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff

Cathy Tenzo
Laura Theis
Gary Thomas
Gwen Thomas
Sean Thomas
Denis Tiani
Lisa Timpf
Jennifer Tobkin
Alan Tole
Brandon W. Totman

David Transue
Brian Trent
Mikal Trimm
Chapin Shaw Tucker
Teresa Tunaly
Misti Turner
Mary Turzillo
Darrell Tutcheon
ushi
Jason Van Hollander

David Vancil
JoSelle Vanderhooft
Marie Vibbert
Scott C. Virtes
Lenka Vodicka
Vogn
Calie Voorhis
Jonathan Vos Post
D. M. Vosk
Deborah Walker

Holly Walrath
David Walter
Trent Walters
Jeff Ward
Joel Ward
Lucy A. E. Ward
Bobby G. Warner
Jamie Wasserman
William John Watkins
Andrea L. Watson

Ian Watson
Paul Weinman
Janice M. Weyl
Michael White
Nathan Whiting
Leslie H. Whitten, Jr.
Michael Wilczewski
Leslianne Wilder
Neal Wilgus
Joshua Willey

Thomas Wiloch
Matthew Wilson
Laurel Winter
t. Winter-Damon
Mary Winters
Laura Madeline Wiseman
Steven Withrow
G. D. Wolfe
Billy Wolfenbarger
Saint James Wood

Robert Wooten
Jane Yolen
Eric York
Ree Young
Changming Yuan
Jonathan Yungkans
Sarah Zama
Donna Dolezal Zelzer
Lee Clark Zumpe
Carl Zwick

052622



Stilting
my way through the throng
pants slip down

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

052522e



Three more mass shootings in the news in two days. And we know that the vast majority of American mass shootings never make it into the national news. There wouldn't be room for 'em all! And still, every Republican official in the nation refuses to lift a finger. Most of these murders are committed with military-style automatic weapons, but that's not even the main point. Australia had a mass shooting more than 25 years ago. They instituted gun control, and there have been no more massacres. The GOP won't do anything. Chuck Schumer & Nancy Pelosi: it is up to you. Do something!

052522d



the killer opens
email from his late father
wish you were here




Improved, I think, from the original, posted a few years back.

052522c



flock of skates
sail under the canoe
isle of snails