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My Dad Died Several Years Before I Was Born…

Posted by Les Becker on August 28, 2014 in Oh Mother...!, The Father Chronicles |

My dad died in July of 2008. It’s still really weird to say that. I’ve been thinking about him a lot, lately, and I haven’t yet told the story about the first time he died, which was a few years before I was born. Except he wasn’t really dead… just… the whole town thought he […]

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Banana.

Posted by Les Becker on January 18, 2011 in J.O.B., Oh Mother...!, Photography |

Banana. © Les Becker December 8th, 2010 Taken with Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Yes, I’m in the running for the “Not Necessarily Banal Blog Title” crown. And I have been feeling rather like that banana looks as though it must. I kinda fell off the internet for a while, there. And y’all know how much […]

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65 Years Ago Today, My Dad Wrote This:

Posted by Les Becker on July 19, 2009 in Oh Mother...!, The Father Chronicles |

In three days’ time, my father will have been dead for a year. I have a hard time believing that. Sometimes, it feels as if he’s been gone forever. Other times, I hang up the phone mid-dial, when I remember that he won’t be there to answer whatever question I wanted to ask him – […]

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My Mom is a Biker-Chick…

Maude on her Hog

I drove down to Teeny-Tiny Town today, having had no sleep since… well, I’m not certain when, but I’ve been writing – really writing – for real writing, so No Sleep Disease isn’t exactly a bad thing. This time. On the way down, I saw a small plane tipped over on the four-lane median strip, […]

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The Next New Thing…

Posted by Les Becker on May 23, 2009 in Movie Mentions, Oh Mother...!, Projects, Real Life, The Father Chronicles |
Summer Daydream

Ky’s finally sleeping again, and is back to school for her morning classes, which is good. I’m assured by the school that she’ll manage to get those credits without a problem – music class, which is hardly surprising (the principal tells me she’d have passed that one based on her talent, never mind that she […]

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There Were Moments of Stupidity…

Posted by Les Becker on January 21, 2009 in Oh Mother...!, Radio Les, Real Life, The Father Chronicles |

RadioLes Returns!!   There Were Moments of Stupidity… – © Les Becker, 2010 Click the link to hear me tell the story.. (Oh, come on! Ya know ya want to!)Holy shit – 21 days into 2009, and this is my first blog post of the New Year. I should be ashamed. I’m not. I’m busy. […]

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The Chamber Pot

Posted by Les Becker on September 29, 2008 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Oh Mother...! |

The 1998 Version of My Aunt Blanche… No, really, let’s compare, shall we? If only to piss off my daughter – who tells me she’ll kill me if I post this, but then laughs out loud when she looks at this photo of herself, so I think I’m all good… Tell me that’s not eerie… […]

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Aunt Blanche

Posted by Les Becker on August 21, 2008 in It Helps If the Whole Family Is Crazy, Oh Mother...! |

Aunt Blanche was my mother’s older sister. She was the first born – and she wasn’t very old before my grandmother realized she was a little, well, different. I suppose the proper, “politically correct” term to describe Blanche would be mentally challenged. She never went to school, never held a job, and never married. I […]

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Whole Lotta Rockin’ Goin’ On…

Posted by Les Becker on February 17, 2008 in Oh Mother...!, The Father Chronicles |

Yeah, so my dad bought an iPod. My Brother the Trespasser picked it up for him, set it up and showed him how to use it. Dad spent about three hours playing with it and yelling at us what a “great rig” it was. The volume was so high that I could hear the lyrics […]

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Mish-Mash

Posted by Les Becker on January 5, 2008 in Oh Mother...!, Photography, The Landlady |

The Little Red Shoes sit in my mother’s Etagiere, if I spelled that correctly. Elle? Wanna let me know, Betch?! My mom calls it a “What-Not”. I think it’s because it’s to display all your knick-knacks and what-not in. Anyway, that’s where the Little Red Shoes are, when they’re not in the bathtub, with me […]

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Great Aunt Emma

Posted by Les Becker on October 22, 2007 in Oh Mother...! |

I must apologize to the memory of my Great Aunt Emma, for this horrible photo of her painting. It’s a water-colour, framed behind glass, hanging in an awkward niche in my parents’ small space. To get the shot at all, I had to jam myself between the fake gas fireplace and the stereo stand, straddling […]

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Jimmy Prentice & the Radio

Posted by Les Becker on October 15, 2007 in Oh Mother...! |

Philco Radio, 1941 Jimmy Prentice was somewhat of a local oddball, to hear my parents talk. I don’t know if he actually had a home, or not. My mother talks about how sometimes, just before dinner was set to be “lifted”, Gramma would be looking out the kitchen window, and say, “Better put another plate […]

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