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He ran away taking walks and gave the infant to a few in a village on his means. He made it to Canada, the place he labored in a coal mine, and finally moved to California. He used to be dwelling in Cucamonga and dealing as a chef at Chafee collage while he met my mother at a polka dance. He was once an outstanding man, even though he didn’t like my lengthy hair and didn’t brain letting me be aware of. nonetheless, he received me my first vehicle. i used to be on the point of make my bounce. i used to be aching to be a musician, yet I labored at ABC shops within the automobile division. I wore my hair in a Bob Dylan Afro and had this female friend, Christie Carson, who appeared like Twiggy. i began residing together with her at her grandmother’s condo in San Bernardino. i purchased a brand-new black 1967 Volkswagen—$1,900 out the door minus $300 trade-in—that my mother cosigned for and that i used to be making funds. I talked the chief of the ABC shop into starting a track division on the Riverside shop and that i ran it. I ordered all of the files. i began getting checklist gamers. i began stocking guitars. I equipped the full track division. yet i used to be doing medications. i used to be smoking dope continuously. i used to be stoned for all time. I’d get up within the morning and smoke roaches prior to I went to paintings. My pal Bucky used to be rather into track, and he beloved to play. He was once a 12 months older than me, yet in the course of the summer time, we hung out jointly. i used to be continually placing round with tricky men and Bucky used to be type of a difficult man. I’d cross over to Bucky’s condominium. He had a swimming pool. i presumed they have been prosperous. occasionally i might see his more youthful sister, Betsy, sitting round in a bikini. I knew her from highschool, even supposing she might by no means say hi to me within the halls. i used to be continuously tripping on her, yet Bucky might say, “Don’t mess with my sister—I’ll kick your ass. ” Bucky might come over to ABC shop and purchase those cardboard record-filing bins that bought for $1. 39. Little, affordable folders with A-B-C-D-etc. on them and also you placed your files in there. in basic terms i'd fill them up with new albums by means of Cream, Jimi Hendrix, all of the stuff we needed to listen to, cost him for the submitting field, positioned every thing in a paper bag, and staple the receipt for $1. 39 to the bag for the protection protect to examine at the method out of the shop. occasionally i might slip in a brand new album by way of Donovan or Joan Baez for his sister. So this one time, Bucky’s obtained the bag with approximately twenty kilos of documents in it, and the protection man is going to snatch it. The bag ripped to items, the field hit the floor, and a lot of these files went flying everywhere. They busted greenback. I bought fired. They desired to hearth me besides. They have been staring at me and knew i used to be smoking dope throughout the lunch hour. yet that wasn’t all undesirable. I went on unemployment. i used to be getting excessive forever and enjoying guitar. I knew this small-time dope broker in Fontana named Jim, and in the future he requested me to force him to San Francisco to attain a few LSD and visit this huge rock pageant in June 1967. I had the automobile. We drove as much as the Haight-Ashbury, and arrived approximately 4 within the morning. We crashed within the vehicle in the street.

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