Tag Archives: Todd Mercer

Schrödinger’s Razor, Occam’s Cat

The simplest explanation and the unlikeliest co-exist, tandem possibilities. Then someone opens the box that fell from a limousine careening around the corner of Burbank & Ventura. Lost and found catalyst, magical MacGuffin. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. The … Continue reading

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Nightswimmer is Slightly Underdressed

Daylight’s the scene for once for a long-distance swim. I walked in from Old Mission, crossed East Bay and crawled out plenty winded at the staircase of the County Park’s beach where there was a wedding in progress. From half … Continue reading

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The Sexton’s Third Act is a One-Man Show

The Sexton wasn’t always alone. He had a long-time loyal girlfriend who broke it off when he traveled to the funeral of a past lover. Someone from his somewhat murky pre-Sexton era. The deceased still had kids home. Sympathy for … Continue reading

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The Sexton with Eleven Items in the Ten Items Line

He eyeballs the handbasket then chooses the express checkout and thinks about ten. The cashier, however, counts precisely, cites store policy. She sends him to wait his turn behind a multi-carter stocking up for a camp’s worth of kids, or a … Continue reading

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Grisly Adams

It sucks but I was poor a.f. and all my options were as awful as Sophie’s Choice. So I went into the field of organ donation. I mean, I sold the rights to my body after I am deceased to … Continue reading

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Shoal Shanty (part III): Low-Grade Island Fever

Each islander knows everybody else. Our outpost is barely populous enough to keep going, yet no one knows who’s stealing apples and potatoes from the winter storage carved into the side of Lookout Hill. It’s a topic of speculation at … Continue reading

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Ubermensch

Between shootings the self-selected small-s superman taxies paying passengers, weapon cooling in the vehicle. Fares make the small-talk with him. One hears “killer at large,” on the radio, asks the driver, you the psycho terrorizing town? The first rule of … Continue reading

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