John Belushi’s film had a tremendous impact on my life.
Having been taught by Lita not to follow the crowd and be different, Samurai John was surely a way out-of-line role model.
Having grown 5 inches during the Summer of ’65, I decided to eschew my 4 eyes and wear contact lenses.
Hard as a plastic spoon, it took me 3 weeks of agonizing suffering to get used to them.
Father Roland Hinger ~ a very stoic German freshman physical science teacher wise-cracked “would you like a pink hankie, Mr. Garcia”, because my eyes would not stop watering.
Another no bullshit accepting father figure, Hinger taught me the value of making faith-based decisions and not looking back. His famous line was “if you’re going to cut a peter ~ cut it all the way and get on with it!”
Initially enraptured with the thought of having no girls to impress in a San Francisco all-boys Roman Catholic High School, it was so wonderful after 8 elementary years to not wear a uniform and dress how I wanted to and be able to buy a hot lunch in the immense cafeteria ~ irregardless of how crummy the food was.
Now having to make 3 bus transfers to get to school without my side-kick brother Tappy, I had no problem getting up earlier, dressing and taking the first transit ~ a converted Borden’s milk truck painted orange & white that had a very convenient stop just across the street from our home on St. Francis Blvd in Daly City.
A bus photo sign of Soviet Union dictator Nikita Khrushchev next to the "Marlboro Man" ad was always menacing the passengers declaring “we will bury you” ~ purposely instilling fear and hatred from the powers that shouldn’t be against a Russian populace that were just as equal before God.
The Vietnam War now escalating, very soon I would commence learning about the military industrial complex.
Pray to The Holy Spirit constantly and simply from your heart, just as earnestly as He was your very best friend.
+ through Divine Intimacy ~ He IS!