Sunbaked Sand

A story first published in The First Line and also found in Shady Acres and Other Stories.

(A note: for some reason, Anchor didn’t let me add background music. But you may hear a leaf blower and a dog barking in the background.)

About kingmidget

About the name. I was the youngest of four. Until I got to kindergarten, I didn't have much to say. All I had to do to get what I wanted was to point, and a sibling, or loving parent, would fulfill my request. As a result, my father coined the nickname -- King Midget. At least that's the way the story goes. I am a father, husband, friend, and lover, writer, runner, pizza maker, baker, and many other things. What I am not is my occupation. It is my job that pays the bills and provides for my family. But, it does not define me.
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13 Responses to Sunbaked Sand

  1. Off topic – and I want to bury this comment in a past post. Have you done post(s) about your state’s jungle primaries? Is so, you can sent it/them to me in an email or answer here. Your blog = your choice.

    • kingmidget says:

      Let me think about it. I don’t know that I’ve written anything specifically about that topic. I think it’s a good reform, not ground-breaking but a positive step. Anything in particular you’re looking for?

    • kingmidget says:

      The best California reform has been the establishment of an independent Redistricting commission. The jungle primaries aren’t too significant because of how much Dems dominate the voting population. A lot of general elections end up being between two Dems, which doesn’t exactly encourage moderation of views.

      • Thanks for the synopsis. Like anything, all options have plusses and minuses. The choice between two ideologues definitely isn’t optimal. Ah yes …. the words of Stealers Wheel ring so true …. Clowns to the left of me – Jokers to the right – Here I am stuck in the middle with you.

        Thanks for chiming in on my post at Marc’s. I know most of his readers are more to the left – and the one resistor was actually very predictable. We’ll see how that goes.

      • kingmidget says:

        Interesting. Just read the comments you’re referring to. As far as I’m concerned, anybody with half a brain, that is open-minded, can see what has happened to the GOP. What an odd comment to make on your post.

      • Deflection is a common tactic. All of us generalize – but generalizing a generalization takes one further from the point.

    • kingmidget says:

      One more comment. I think jungle primaries have an impact in districts that are more purple than blue or red. Running in a jungle primary in a more evenly split district would, hopefully, moderate the extremes on both sides.

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