My Bodybuilding Years

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Barbara, 1948-

“It built my body and my self-esteem. I could lift my head up again.”

Oh, I forgot to tell you!

Look there, at that photo. See? I was a big bodybuilder back in the day. Started at 21 years old, and did it for nine years, before HIV. Back then, I was doing time in penitentiary. Five years, now what? I thought. Read more »

Yuppie Life

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Joshua, 1977-

“It was very stressful, I felt I was just trying to get to the weekend so I could reset, and then do it all over again.”

I lived it for seven years. Made money with my drywall business, had a line of credit, a van. I was juggling probably 30 to 40 thousand dollars a month, in an out of my bank account. Read more »

The Godfather

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William, 1963-

“When I was younger, we had a big family. And now, there’s no one, no family left.”

My favorite movie is the Godfather, Francis Copula. There is a sense of family in that movie. Sitting down for dinner on Sundays, Read more »

Drink One for Me

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Larry, 1957-

“He goes inside the store and gets me a six-pack; a police officer!”

‘Whatcha doin’? a police officer stopped me about two weeks ago.

‘You know where I’m going, I’m grabbing me a cold beer,’ I said. Read more »

Slab City

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Tona, 1992-

“Gigantic cement pools that were converted into a skating park. Trailers and colorful dwellings with solar panels that people built with their own hands.”

Down south there is an awesome place called Slab City, you heard of it? Read more »