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Jesus, the Joker, and Dead Guy Ashtray

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"Thanks." I took the token. A couple weeks back, I remembered cops chasing some car into the river. They found the guy floating a few days later. Thanks to Rob, I now had Dead Guy's ashtray as a souvenir.

"I'll put it with the other stuff." I looked at the marine compass, brass fittings, patron photos, and clustered memorabilia.

"Maybe sell Jesus on EBay," he said,

"Sacrilegious seaweed." I rotated the pocketed Messiah.

Rob shrugged. Pretty soon, I knew, he would finish his coffee, drive to the bridge, and hang with Starz's dog for the night.

Whether Jesus' likeness was a miracle, or portal to the apocalypse, I do not know. Maybe "Sweet Jesus" was Dead Guy's last words as he slipped into the turgid drink. Maybe that is enough to save your soul. But somehow, I doubt it. Inflection probably plays a part. One thing I do know, if the cops are on your tail, and you are flying over a guardrail, it does not matter if you are Starz's Joker or Rob's Dead Guy; no one escapes judgment. Some are cursed on the silver screen; some end up with an ashtray for a shrine.

A few days later, Rob brought me Dead Guy's lug wrench. Then his cigarette lighter. He said someone left a pile of flowers under the bridge.


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Great writing, colorful characters and nice photo ... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 12:02:34 PM
and I'm working on da' slease.... by Allan Wayne on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 5:37:48 PM
You've got a great talent. Use it as best you can.... by Arthur Avalon on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:04:58 PM
story. I wrote a story now years ago that Jesus re... by shadow dancer on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 1:54:19 PM
Has your song been recorded? I'm afraid to respond... by Don Smith on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:27:08 PM
the song when I replied to the story, but my basic... by shadow dancer on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 2:42:47 AM
But one thing that confuses me is when you promote... by Allan Wayne on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 6:42:08 PM
merely in your own thoughts? There isn't a thing ... by shadow dancer on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 3:16:23 AM
My confusion is, indeed, in my own head, but as a ... by Allan Wayne on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:17:35 AM
The Joker wouldn't have the initials J.N. would he... by GL Rowsey on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 4:14:28 PM
How dare you, Rowsey!!! Just because he was from D... by Allan Wayne on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 at 5:44:15 PM
The Newk's the guy with the bushy mustache and the... by GL Rowsey on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 8:03:18 AM
That's a picture of Jack Nicholson playing tennis ... by Allan Wayne on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:27:45 AM
Humanity isn't clean or tidy, but you provide the ... by sometimes blinded on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 8:38:32 AM
Now, when are you going to finish Part II of your ... by Allan Wayne on Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:09:17 PM