Just Another COVID Power Trip

November 19, 2020 by Ed Decker

Straight Up With a Twist

By Edwin Decker

I received a few moderately angry emails in response to the tone my last column. The emailers believed I was downplaying the mortal dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the record, I am not against all the measures taken, however I do worry that the harm of these rolling shutdowns may exceed the harm of the virus – not the least of which is relinquishing too much power to government. And shortly after the writing of that column, I had an encounter in a bar and grill that reinforced my concerns.

November 7, 2020 (Red Tier) – With my trusty disposable mask (that I never dispose of) firmly affixed, I asked the hostess if a seat at the bar was available. I knew it was a long shot but the bar is my natural habitat and I really didn’t want to sit alone at a table. As expected, it was full, so she sat me a shorty in the dining room.

Given its low height, I’m guessing it was a wheelchair table, which wouldn’t normally be a problem if the chairs had been short too. However, all the other tables were cocktail tables, and the only seats available were bar stools. Whatever, I thought, these are the times in which we live and ordered an Ultra because, you know, I have my modeling career to consider.

While sitting on my tall stool hunched over my short table taking sips from my tasteless, beer-like beverage, I scoped the bar which was about 15 feet away. So close and yet so far,

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The battle of Yuletide Hill

December 23, 2010 by Ed Decker
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Editor: CityBeat’s Ed Decker – who writes poetry for the OB Rag and has promised us a column – is organizing “Armies of the War on Christmas mount a comeback”. By Edwin Decker / San Diego CityBeat Thanks to a spate of failed ACLU lawsuits, Bill O’Reilly and his ilk are claiming they have “won the […]

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This Poem Needs Sanding

August 2, 2010 by Ed Decker

by Ed Decker
This poem needs sanding:

The sentences are jagged and protruding
The verbs have burrs
And the nouns are coarse.

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Cracked Black Pepper – Poems of OB

July 16, 2010 by Ed Decker

by Ed Decker

A jet flies over Muir Avenue
and a palm tree
scratches her belly.

I am happy to be here today
while the rain gently sweeps
the street ….

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The Cats of Ocean Beach (An ode to the homeless – of any species)

July 1, 2010 by Ed Decker

by Ed Decker

Matted, greasy fur

on sickly, skeletal frames

Pupils red like rats from Hell

Disease bubbling from their innards …

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