Category Archives: Likeke R. McBride

Paying Attention

Pay attention. You might want to know this someday. ~ Likeke R. McBride When I was a teenager I loathed Dad’s phrase, though he was invariably right. I paid attention at times. I paid attention when he pointed out native … Continue reading

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The 12th Street Bridge, Fairhaven

A Depression-era bridge finished in 1932, so few years after the birth years of my Dad and Mom (not that long ago, then). Its stanchions serve as canvas for taggers. The tags don’t last, are painted over by the community’s … Continue reading

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1964 [ Change | Restlessness ]

[4] We are moving again. [64] Point Reyes: Dad’s in the law enforcement phase of his National Park Service career. It’s an unhappy time, but we have Heidi now. She’ll be our only family dog. I’m oblivious. I’ll be four; … Continue reading

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1982 [ Running | Preparing Exile ]

[22] In December I graduate from college, receive my B.A. in Political Science. Unknowingly, I’ve prepared myself for a running leap into unemployment. [82] My mistakes are catching up: I’m an emotional and psychological wreck. The highlight of my year … Continue reading

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1978 [ Mistakes / Fall | College ]

[18] The toughest year. Until November I’m a minor. This mitigates my mistakes. I want to say I’m sorry. [78] In the fall (after my fall) I’m off to college: the University of Hawai‛i at Manoa. I’m relieved to be … Continue reading

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1976 [ Selective Service | Love / Bicentennial ]

[16] My 16th birthday: Dad drives me to the Post Office to sign my Selective Service documents. [76] I sign; I’m an American man, love my country. It’s the law & an act of faith & love. While “The Star-Spangled … Continue reading

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1985 [ The Navy | Two Navy Men ]

[25] I called & woke Dad, told him through his astonishment I had joined the Navy would be a Sailor, too — as he had been once. [85] It was unlike me: in high school & college, (after the Vietnam … Continue reading

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