Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Excerpt From a Novel in Progress

What’s the best way to cross a barbed wire fence? This is Tuolumne County: there are certain skills you need to have. Skateboarding is not one of them. There ain’t enough smooth cement, so as a side note, skater punks get beat up more then regular punks; there just is not enough skaters to achieve critical mass and as a getaway vehicle the escape speeds are dismal. No. You’re going to have to know how to find the shortcuts through back yards and fields. Face the facts. You will be meeting your friends in the wilderness. So, remember to carefully hold the upper strand between barbs and pull up. Push down the next strand with your foot. Bend down, thread one leg through and your body will follow. Repeat at the next fence, yes there is always another barbed wire fence! Learn how to do this quickly.


  1. I haven't been to Tuolumne, but sounds like my old neighborhood's barbed wire fences - which our parents told us will cause tetanus, which to this kid's mind meant sudden death.

  2. Yes. Tetanus was held up to mythical proportions: bare feet and rusty nails. Thanks for the comment!