Monday, December 17, 2007

the birthday party for nicholas was at a pizza place called chuck e. cheese. wherever you live i'm sure you have places just like this. for the kids it was a real bacchanalia. for the adults the scene was a house of horrors. oh man. but nicholas loved every second of it. and i just finished the last of the really awful cheese pizza. it was a tuff job, wolfing that pie down. but i was up for the task. and did it with gusto.

anyone have an alka-seltzer?

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last week got an email from an old friend, catalin kaser, i've not heard or seen in 16 years. catalin and i, along with a group of young writers, would hang out, share our writing, and give readings together. man, my heart soared as she told me she'd been in touch with a few other old poet friends and wondered what the hell became of me. so to find me she used, yep, google.

we met i think in '88 when we were all taking the same creative writing class at a jc, american river college. we all got published in the lit. journal. me, i think i was too fucked up for much at the time. i knew i wanted to be a writer, but i had a long way to go and much to learn. catalin on the other hand, was one of the most talented of the group.

after a long, long adventure she is now living in oakland with her husband. me, i've stayed put, and learned that the longest distance traveled is done by keeping still. it's been a lifetime since i've heard from catalin. however, the pics of her on her blog show me that the more we change the more we stay the same.

pretty wild, i think. and i'm happy and floored she found me after all these years.


At 12:09 PM, Blogger Catalin said...

I'm happy to have reconnected with you too. Thanks for the overly kind words! Of all of us, I think you're the only one who has remained so purely and truly devoted to the written word. I'm inspired to read your blog and also inspired by your passion to see the world through the eyes of poetry.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Catalin said...

Hey, do they still have whack-a-mole at chuck e. cheese? I remember I was kinda shocked by that game, senseless violence against animals and all...

Did any kids pee or freak out in the pit full of little plastic balls? (Do they still have that?)

At 12:42 AM, Blogger richard lopez said...

thank you, catalin. yes, chuck e cheese still have that game where you whack that mole. i agree that it is a rather sadistic game. nicholas, however, went for it with gusto.

no kids peeing in public nor was there a pool of plastic balls. the only freak outs i witnessed was the spasmatic displays of kids in ecstacy.


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