Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Hey, you remember Howie? I remember Howie. What a jerkoff! But I liked the guy. Don't know why. But that's how it is. Let me freshen up your memory. He was the guy with the old grey Dodge. Always stalled at the worse friggen time. Liked to bet on the dogs out at Sodrac Park. Bragged about how he could pick em. Bleached his hair blonde so he could look like one of the Beach Boys. Could not swim but wanted that surfer look. Never had much luck with the babes. He went out with Judy once. She tried to kill herself after only one date with Howie. We use to always give him crap about that. She grew up to become a billing clerk at the hospital.

Wonder what ever happened to Howie? I will tell you what I know. Look the guy graduates from college. A miracle. That was 1970.

So he gets this job out in San Francisco. He is working for a finance company. His job was to be a collector of overdue accounts. His clients are scum. That is what he told Stew. Said they were losers and he hated his job. But he liked San Fran. The hippies and all that free love stuff. He lived with his cousin and her husband. Stew said that something kinky was going on. I don't know anything else about that part of it. But use your imagination. I know you got one.

During this time he gets himself a bunch of credit cards. Uses other peoples names. After about a year he moves to Hawaii. Lives like a king off of the cards for a few months. Then everything comes crashing down. He had to get out of there.

Moved to KC. Worked as a night clerk in lots of cheap hotels. Heard he was a snitch for the cops. Then he got married. Manages an apartment complex for old people on the Kansas side of the river. Probably has something going on. Thats the last I heard.

You got people down in KC. Ask them if they heard of him. If you hear anything, let me know. I need to talk to him about a mutual friend. Don't worry. Nothing serious. It is a personal matter.


Anonymous Dave said...

I knew a Howie. He's dead now. A first cousin of my father's.

8:44 PM, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

I think he was not the same Howie. But, here's to all the Howies living or dead!

11:00 AM, May 26, 2007  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I'll keep my eye out for him. Strange expression, isn't it?

12:30 AM, May 28, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Thanks Patry! And keep your ear to the ground too.

8:49 AM, May 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howie says for you to meet him at Oklahoma Joes...the one on the Kansas side of the river. Come alone. Friday at 2pm.

3:02 PM, May 30, 2007  
Anonymous damien said...

sounds like my kind of guy!

9:33 PM, May 30, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

damien....Howie is quite a guy!

9:36 PM, May 30, 2007  
Blogger Beth said...

I'm always startled when my Dad's old friends - those who remain from high school - call him Howie. He straightened up after that, though.

7:03 AM, June 03, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

I think it is a different Howie. But maybe there is only 1 Howie....

12:08 PM, June 05, 2007  

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