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The Martini Available in Hardcover

I published a hardcover book containing the play I wrote this year, The Martini. The blurb on the back is as follows.

Martinez Cocktail — Martinez Special — Martini: the libation universally celebrated as the quintessential cocktail enjoys no documented nativity. Despite aspirations of adoptive metropolises, the sensible historian recognizes a likely heritage that begins in Martinez, California. Yet, like the last swallow of gin, vermouth and olive brine swirling at the bottom of a glass, the veil of time obscures important details of this sought-after story. Now, inside this book, you will find clarity in a delightful martini tale, told twice. Illustrated prose encourages gathering close and reading aloud, while a second form provides a play in one act to be performed and enjoyed by a gathering of friends.

You will find The Martini for sale on for $19.79. On, The Martini sells for $21.99, with free shipping if you already subscribe to Prime.

You might purchase this book because your gift-giving skills rival those of the jolly old elf himself.

Martinez Personal

Love Rediscovered

This past weekend, the Alhambra Senior High Class of 1988 reunited to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It was a mind-blowing experience. Fellow classmate Theresa wrote a great personal account of Saturday’s party that captures the experience perfectly.

For me, the most intense and immediate emotion I felt all weekend was something like sensory overload. My brain was getting so much new information, some visual and some analytical. Everyone looked a little different but were immediately recognizable. For people I hadn’t seen for at least 10 years, I had to reach through time and connect my memories of them then to how they were interacting with me now.

There were some people who I don’t think I said three words to in school, but I knew their faces and I knew their names (even if I couldn’t put them together at first). But conversation with them could hardly be more natural. It was a powerful realization that these were people who share a life experience that’s hard to capture elsewhere.

Part of me was feeling a bit sad at the end because I didn’t spend enough time with anyone, and some people I completely missed! I found myself aching for more time, or time alone with each of them.

It’s taken a bit for me to process the information and emotions of this past weekend, but I think I’ve figured it out. It’s love. It’s the feeling that these people are so valuable to me. That they exist simply makes me happy. The potential for good times with them is infinite. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to be back in 1988, spending all day with these people again.

To me, love–as a feeling–is the identification of something you value most of all. But it implies action. I want all of my classmates to know that if you ever need help or you want to have a good time, come to me. Need help moving? Need someone to watch your kids? Just want to have dinner? We usually eat around 6:30. Don’t be a stranger, and let me know what I can do.

Martinez News

Holy Night 2007

In Martinez, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is called “holy night”, at least by people of my generation (class of 1988). It started with kids being home from school for the holiday. We’d all meet at College Lane in downtown Martinez. Several years ago we moved the party to Joe Tully’s house. This year he’s holding the party at Ferry Street Station. This is not a private party at all, and everyone is welcome to join us. Following is the announcement he sent out.

Now then, it is with well-noted regard that the citizens who reside in the Center of the Universe, Martinez, California, and those who reside in Martinez by proxy, come together on a night most worthy of such reverence to celebrate such benevolent oneness with the cosmos. The Night Before Thanksgiving is this night of merriment and jubilant excitation.

Let it now therefore be declared that there shall be a party on the planet, in the center of the universe, Martinez, California, commencing at the time of nine (9) Post Meridian or as soon as possible thereafter. New to this year, the location of the celebratory gathering shall be at none other than Ferry Street Station located in downtown Martinez. The purpose behind this specified locality shall be none other than to bear witness to the musical accompaniment and harmonious emanations of the fREEX!

Will there be a cover? No! Such monetary trifling would be unworthy on such a night. Will there be present a tremendous amount of libations? Yes! For this, it would seem, would be a necessary celebratory staple.

Therefore, all who have great love in their hearts for Martinez may come down to celebrate the Holy Night in downtown Martinez and bear auditory witness to the fREEX as well as other musical acts commencing at the hour of 9 Post Meridian!

Be It Resolved!!!

If you’re nearby, please come join us.