Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Conway Sax, Writing | 1 comment

It’s been way too long since I did one of these. I jot things down in my Blackberry (yes, I am the Last Man in America with a Blackberry), and I need to capture the ideas here (hell, anywhere) before said phone gets lost or croaks.

So here are the phrases, names, and images that rattle around in my walnut-sized brain occasionally. If you have trouble figuring out what they mean, imagine how I feel.

  • Serious as an Amarillo barfight.
  • Actual name: LeRoy Hoikkala, childhood friend of Bob Dylan.
  • Fair-weather optimist.
  • Like the Tin Man at a limbo contest (how Conway Sax feels in a suit).
  • Forgive me all my anger; forgive me all my faults/There’s no need to forgive me for thinkin’ what I thought. – Guy Clark, “Dublin Blues”
  • German male name: Nico.
  • Women make up “bar names” to tell dudes.
  • Lockstep nonconformist.
  • Smells like a barbershop in a barbecue joint – not bad, but not right.
  • Create a character who used to work for the NSA reconstructing shredded documents.
  • Name: Oskar.
  • Saddest color: burnt orange.
  • Carmelina (Matisse).
  • Surname: Kilroy.
  • Tahoe conscience.
  • Copperhead.
  • Framingham Housing Authority projects off Concord Ave., near Mass. Bay Community College.
  • Hollis St, Framingham. Great run of Brazilian businesses: moneygram/fax/check-cashing place, salon, restaurant, convenience store. All signage in Portuguese.
  • “Just As I Am, Without One Plea” (hymn).
  • A cloud of witnesses (scripture).
  • Moline Blues/Moline Hustle.
  • Actual name: Robert Hoxie.
  • Create a Barnburner who owns and operates a car wash.
  • Hey bartender – I think I’ll hit the throttle (Dwight Yoakam).
  • Torque shear.
  • Create a character who watched twin drown in a pool at age 4 or 5.
  • “Tennessee Plates” (Commander Cody song).
  • Iron Lords (actual hotrod club, Concord, NC).
  • Surname: Dent.
  • New Hampshire: a state without lips.
  • Like reasoning with a pack mule.
  • Name: Brixton Bragg (British sports-car guy).
  • Square Del: nickname for a politician named Delbert.
  • Sophie riding her bike down the steep embankment that backs the reservoir at Hopkinton State Park.
  • Civil War names: Patrick Cleburne, Emory Upton.
  • Rebel River Blues.
  • Urban Moody.
  • Civil War note: some men in Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee marched 7,000 miles.
  • William D. “Pig Iron” Kelley.
  • Surname: Hartline.
  • Strip Mall Hero.
  • Echo Bravo (East Boston).
  • 8-Ball Deluxe (pinball game).
  • Parnell.
  • Suicide Serenade.
  • Create a Barnburner who’s a mall cop at the Natick Collection. Retired, unselfconscious, loves his job.
  • Two junkies bust into a car and find a filled-out form for an X-ray at the local hospital. One of them takes the form and gets an X-ray. Just for something to do.
  • Conway line: Show me somebody working harder than a Brazilian and I’ll show you another Brazilian.
  • Weathermen and stock analysts: they’re good at predicting what happened this morning.
  • Wide Open Throttle.
  • Foul I fly.
  • Wild blue yonder.
  • Konrad Zuse: German inventor.
  • Kotikov: Russian surname.
  • Hotshoe.
  • Whip City Shakedown.
  • LeMay Coal & Feed Co.: stenciled on Berlin Airlift planes.