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The Home Road

The Home Road

Pierre Fontenot August 15, 2019 Comments Off on The Home Road

There came a recent day, where I handed the keys of the building to the agent.  We shook, we parted, we glanced at the time.  It was before noon, and Eighty-one, this business, this

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Exhilaration

Exhilaration

Pierre Fontenot August 5, 2019 Comments Off on Exhilaration

Eighty-one was (it feels odd to use past tense) as unique a store as Lake Charles has ever had.  During the closing phase, I felt, and wrote, that it was like being alive at

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Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

Pierre Fontenot July 19, 2019 Comments Off on Finishing Strong

I think about heaven a lot.  (As first sentences go…) No experience with perfection, so I reduce it to how-it-is-down-here… some angel bureaucracy in charge of admittance, couldn’t let you just rush in, meet

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The Last Days Of Eighty-one

The Last Days Of Eighty-one

Pierre Fontenot July 8, 2019 Comments Off on The Last Days Of Eighty-one

…as Eighty-one nears its end (June 29th!)… its fitting to answer the most asked question, “How did Eighty-one get its name?” Answer: “it’s the owner’s IQ.”  Drum rim shot.  For those of a certain

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The Honor Of Menial Labor

The Honor Of Menial Labor

Pierre Fontenot June 20, 2019 Comments Off on The Honor Of Menial Labor

I’m a word guy, which means I have a great fondness for the creativity of black slang.  Years ago, I’m a waiter in a restaurant, and at closing we all had some duties.  I

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The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

Pierre Fontenot June 6, 2019 Comments Off on The Proper Attitude Towards Invisibility

It came down to Good versus Better.  I own Eighty-one, a retail store, and I’m Good for what it asks of me, but I’m Better at writing.  For years I’ve had this inner whisper,

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Advice To Seniors

Advice To Seniors

Pierre Fontenot May 16, 2019 Comments Off on Advice To Seniors

Don’t chase money. There have been a guesstimated 100 billion humans on Earth and 90 billion of them spent their lives chasing money.  Point is: it’s common.  They chased hunting grounds, watering holes, timber,

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Graduating Again

Graduating Again

Pierre Fontenot May 2, 2019 Comments Off on Graduating Again

I have a nephew who is graduating high school.  “That” is on my mind, the whole kicked-out-of-the-nest moment, where you can’t stay, gotta go, but go where, go how, go for what ‘n why…

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The Gift Of Without

The Gift Of Without

Pierre Fontenot April 19, 2019 Comments Off on The Gift Of Without

Without my past, what stranger would I now be?  Without my past, what armor would I be missing, what foundation would I stand upon, what great knowing would be greatly unknown?   Without smiles,

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Spring In Louisiana

Spring In Louisiana

Pierre Fontenot April 4, 2019 Comments Off on Spring In Louisiana

Dear Louisiana, you do narrow us down.  Even with school out, you make us do math in summer, multiplying heat x humidity.  Your falls aren’t official.  It can still be 80 at Thanksgiving, and

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