A rural, nearly feral kid moves into a tough, xenophobic Irish neighborhood, survives and goes out into the world to find himself.
How do I describe my life? Let me count the ways: After growing up in a "Hell's Kitchen" environment, which actually prepared me for the bumps in life, I had my "edge" smoothed by the military, went off into the wilds of Alaska, flew the Alaskan bush north of the Arctic Circle, and became one of only sixfy-five Troopers for the whole state. An esoteric time in Mexico attending college and a final migration to Los Angeles set the stage for my joining the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department where I finally filled out my "Walter Mittyish" take on life and became a lead homicide detective, ending my sleuthing career with serial case involving thirty victims. Not content to sit still, I took up organic farming, which I still practice today. I believe much of what I experienced during those incredible years of World War 2, when I was essentially left to dream up my own world as my parents held down jobs and supported the war effort, set the stage for what came later in life. I was not disappointed. It was, and continues to be, a life full of humor and meaningfulness.