Category Archives: Casual Friday

How the bank robbed Bonnie and Clyde

[Normally when I post a Willie story, my purpose is a sort of didactic brutality. Not so today. This one is just for fun. –GSS]  How the bank robbed Bonnie and Clyde A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story “Stick ‘em up!” said Clyde. I swear that’s what he said. My first bank robbery. I was right […] Continue reading

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Cooler than a corpse…

A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story “I… uh… I thought we’d be meeting with the brands committee.” Manny Kant said that. He gnawed at his lower lip. The Big Boss lowered his girth into the chair at the end of the conference table. He took his time, and Manny accommodated him by breaking out in a […] Continue reading

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The Desperation Waltz

[Teri said, “Not unlike what you’d see in a sleazy club.” And I said, “Sly, beguiling lies.” Here is where the two ideas converge. –GSS]  The Desperation Waltz A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story “Hey, Tommy,” Jimmy said without looking up from the newspaper he had spread out on the bar, “what’s Reubenesque mean again?” “Jeesh! […] Continue reading

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How to slay dragons

[I said something to Teri this morning in email that made me want to kick this story back to the top. –GSS]  How to slay dragons A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story And now I am a man-killer. We live with the consequences of our choices, and we cannot fail to live with all the consequences […] Continue reading

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The sad story of how my wife, my family and my own life were devastated by the the unhappy effects of… sad stories…

At a certain age, you come to feel you’ve got a pretty tight bead on things. Wife, home, kids, job — everything just seems to come together. But then you find out that you’ve built your life on solid quicksand. I’ll tell you my story. I don’t expect you to believe it, but it’s as […] Continue reading

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SplendorQuest: Xavier’s destiny

[Kicking this back up to the top. The citrus blossoms are opening, and their heavenly aroma always takes me back to this story. It’s Springtime in the desert, and all the world is green. –GSS]  Xavier’s destiny A Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Willie story “Madre de dios…!” Mrs. Marquez said that, and it seemed a fair estimate […] Continue reading

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Reflecting His Radiance . . .

[Kicking this back to the top from March of 2007. — GSS] I wrote this in 1996, I think. This was a fun story for me, a chance to play with two characters I like a lot. Brian Brady has wondered about locales in these stories. There always is one, a real place where the […] Continue reading

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