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Another view: Memorable Placer coach left big footprint | Auburn Journal.

My Guest Column for the Auburn Journal about a visit to see my old Placer High School basketball coach, Tom Barry, which ran on December 26th, 2012 and is also posted as a blog, below, because The Auburn Journal (and Rolling Stone Magazine) does not allow access from Thailand.

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Gop Turns Four Years Old Today – What’s Your Philosophy on Life?

I have learned a few things about Gop in the past four years. He's not a worrier. His coconut shell is…

April 14, 2017
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You Can Turn Back Time … and It’s Probably a Good Idea

"We judge time by technology. We judge information by the date of the technology. Time is an exact…

March 13, 2017
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Kevin Cummings sits ringside at Bangkok Proflex Fight Night

Ringside at the Friday Night Fights in Thailand – And a Few Memories

A little over two weeks ago I got a text message message from the effervescent proprietor of Checkinn99,…

February 18, 2017
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Read any good bad books lately?

Raymond Chandler was great at describing the outside of a building but less adept at describing the…

September 2, 2016
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Last Call for Checkinn99 Sukhumvit – Curtain Call for Bowery Boys, Algie, Newman & Locke

We all have our biases. Mine is Checkinn99. I like the place; I like the proprietor, Chris Catto-Smith.…

July 1, 2016
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Keith Nolan – Making the Days (and Nights ) Count

Keith Nolan appears in Chapter 1, page 1 and paragraph 1 of my book Bangkok Beat. That should come as no…

June 5, 2016
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A Most Curious Three Years – 1096 Days of Blogging … and Counting – Happy 2559!

Three years ago I had a decision to make. Life often thrusts those upon us. Under cover of Songkran 2013…

April 14, 2016
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Mark Fenn – August 14, 1977- January 16, 2016

Mark Fenn - August 14, 1977- January 16, 2016

January 24, 2016
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The Beauty of Isaan by T. Hunt Locke

I jumped on the skytrain. “Exit at Nana, directly opposite the Landmark Hotel, you can’t miss us.…

January 4, 2016
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A Dickens Christmas with the Frog in the Coconut Shell – Gop Cartoon Strip #9

Click to Enlarge Gop Strip #9 I am reading Hard Times by Charles Dickens for the first time. The…

December 10, 2015
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The Ploenchit Fair is Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy, more commonly referred as BCTFN will hold…

November 27, 2015
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A Story about Two A**holes …

Click Strip to Enlarge. It’s the political season in the USA. A very long season. Longer than…

October 20, 2015
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Bangkok Beat – Live! July 26th 2015 Book Launch @Checkinn99 – Ebook Available Now

Curiosity may well have killed a lot of cats. But I suspect those cats lived their lives in Sammy…

July 31, 2015
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Frogs, Dogs, Books & Comedians

“I want to write about sex and about death.” That was the opening sentence written by…

July 5, 2015
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Hunting in the Dark and Finding The Dude is Sky High

Dude Da Vinci illustration by Colin Cotterill There are many things I like about being a blogger. As an…

May 20, 2015
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Hell, I Can Do That …

Write a book. Hell, I can do that. How hard can it be? I was sitting with a bunch of…

April 27, 2015
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The Ghost of Phrakanong

Originally posted on The Expatriate: Nang Nak Banner Mae Nak Phrakanong or Nang Nak, the Ghost of…

February 24, 2015
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Paint the Town Red

Originally posted on Beyond Khao San Road: Name: Paintbar Address: Paintbar Bangkok, Piman 49, 46/4…

February 17, 2015
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Is Everyone a Dick?

Courtesy of MoonFruit Comics No. I don’t believe everyone is a dick. But there are a lot of dicks…

February 15, 2015
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“Isn’t she magical?” Raining Jane and Jason Mraz coming to Bangkok City March 21st, 2015

  “Isn’t she magical? My sister Roxanne asked, about her daughter, Chaska who had raced…

January 29, 2015
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Bangkok Beat Update on August 3rd, 2015

I am pleased to announce the launch of the paperback edition of Bangkok Beat via Create Space store and…

January 25, 2015
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Il n’y a pas Charlie Hebdo ici

Originally posted on JAME DiBIASIO: Reading at Night of Noir (photo by Alasdair McLeod) Noir fiction…

January 13, 2015
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Thursday Night in Bangkok City …

People who wonder what the attraction is to living in a place like Bangkok, Thailand need only…

January 9, 2015
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Night of Noir III Features Expressionist Paintings by Chris Coles

Night of Noir III Host James A. Newman with artist Chris Coles seen at a bar favored by fat cats…

January 7, 2015
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Thailand Footprint’s Footprint Maker of the Year Award 2014

 Portrait art of Thailand Footprint’s Footprint Maker of the Year by Chris Coles   What a…

December 27, 2014
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Krom Concludes Three Night Run of Music, Message and Cultural Expansion at Overground Bar

Last night, the Cambodian noir band Krom led by Christopher Minko and lead vocalist Sophea Chamroeun…

December 21, 2014
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author Kevin Cummings

Check Inn 99 Sign Goes Down

  Sunday, December 14th 2014. A day that will live if not in infamy than in incredulity. For it…

December 15, 2014
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Thailand Footprint’s Top Fiction Picks for 2014

The following is one man’s opinion of top 2014 books set in Asia or with an Asian theme, which…

December 9, 2014
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FOR THE DEAD by Timothy Hallinan – Sixth in the Poke Rafferty Series – A Book Review

FOR THE DEAD by Timothy Hallinan – A Book Review by Kevin Cummings If you’ve read any of the…

October 21, 2014
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Bangkok and Chiang Mai Time Lapse Videos – Produced by Saengthit Kamlangchai

I stumbled upon these two great times lapse videos by Saengthit Kamlangchai while on Twitter. It was…

September 24, 2014
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Watch Video – Vote for Chris Catto-Smith at Check Inn 99 for The Big Chili 2014 Expat Entrepreneur Awards

Everybody has biases. Mine involve Check Inn 99 and Chris Catto-Smith. Watch the video produced by the…

September 16, 2014
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The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California

A photo-essay on my day trip to The Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. Henry was not…

September 6, 2014
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The Poet Noir John Gartland: Taking Risks in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

(Photography by Eric Nelson) Introduction by Kevin Cummings I offer a short introduction to a superb…

July 19, 2014
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Cambodia, anyone? The Poet Noir John Gartland, Krom and Christopher Minko to Perform May 31st and June 1st

  Portrait of Bangkok Noir Poet John Gartland by Chris Coles Anyone looking for a respite from the…

May 25, 2014
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Taking a Break …

  For the same reasons my dog scratches his ear with his hind leg, I’ll be taking a break…

May 2, 2014
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A Spirit House for Stirling …

  Last week I wrote an essay titled in part, WHAT IS A WRITER? If you had to choose a…

April 26, 2014
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Anzac Dusk Music Salute at Check Inn 99 Bangkok – Friday 25th April at 8:00 P.M.

  In two days a special day at a special place: Anzac Dusk Music Salute. I fell in love with…

April 23, 2014
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What is a writer? Being There by Kevin Cummings

A year ago, I wrote my first essay at Thailand Footprint. You can read it here, if you like: I…

April 14, 2014
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Looking Forward, Looking Back with Slim Dusty …

  One week from today, Thailand Footprint will be one year old. That is a big deal to at…

April 7, 2014
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Artist Chris Coles – Bringing it to the Bangkok Night

I like Chris Coles. The artist and the man. It’s been over 10 years since we first met at a…

March 23, 2014
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Baccara Bar on Soi Cowboy, Bangkok: The Art of Seduction or the Art of the Deal?

Last Friday pulp fiction writer, James A. Newman, Bangkok Night of Noir photographer and videographer,…

March 18, 2014
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And the winner of the, Best Blog Ever Award goes to …

When I say, Hallmark Greeting Cards, can you think of their tag line? It is, “When you care enough…

March 16, 2014
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“I’m dying.” Steve Irwin back in the news …

Steve Irwin would have turned 52 years old last month. He died, tragically, at the age of 44 years.…

March 11, 2014
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The Case for Facebook …. Poll results are in …

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. I spend too much time on it, chances are, you do too. Why? In my case…

March 8, 2014
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A Bangkok Blogger’s Observations …

“Walk across the soi, you’ll save 10 baht.” He said Seems like a lot of trouble on a…

March 2, 2014
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The Man in the Blue Suede Shoes: Jerry Hopkins – One for The Money, Two for the Show …

“I hope I see you today, I’m meeting Jerry Hopkins there at 3:00 p.m.” The message…

February 24, 2014
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The Yammerer of Bangkok … Sung to “The Wanderer” by Dion and the Belmonts … 1961

Oh well, I’m the type of guy who will never compromise When I whistle and I yell, you know…

February 5, 2014
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The Frog benefits Big Brother Mouse in Laos … Reading Matters …

During our first week in Laos I had the opportunity to visit Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang, Laos.…

February 4, 2014
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Election Day 2014 in Bangkok … Looking back at Luang Prabang … Two kinds of fireworks …

Today, February 2nd 2014 is election day throughout Thailand. We live in Bangkok, Thailand much of the…

February 2, 2014
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“Here is better”, the foot masseuse said … Luang Prabang, Laos …

In my last post over one week ago, I signed off with a limerick that had deaf and blind policemen…

January 23, 2014
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One Bright Day … In the Middle of the Night …

I am off for at least a week beginning tomorrow, leaving the country. Everyone seems to have an opinion…

January 14, 2014
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The Beat Goes On at Check Inn 99 … Bangkok Night of Noir 2014 …

For the second time in less than 9 months author James A. Newman, artist Chris Coles and company decided…

January 9, 2014
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Night of Noir Jan 5th … Marriage Tree … Cara Black in Thailand …

A few announcements today: The Night of Noir is coming this Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at Check Inn 99.…

January 2, 2014
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Footprint Makers of the Year … Looking Back at 2013 … Henry Miller Style …

“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music – the world is so…

December 29, 2013
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Paris 1928 – Nexus II by Henry Miller … What if Henry had called an Audible to Siam?

A few people have wondered why Henry Miller is included in this blog? A few others have been…

December 15, 2013
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Dean Barrett: Man of Mystery? … Yes and No … Author review …

Dean Barrett was one of the first two authors, living in Thailand, whose name I knew and could spell…

December 7, 2013
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A Rematch with Champions … at Eminent Air Boxing Gym in Bangkok …

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. Last spring, shortly after starting Thailand Footprint I…

December 2, 2013
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Bangkok Taxi Drivers … Thank-you, Mr. Khemsak …

Bangkok, if my opinion counts, is a great taxi city. I have no idea how many taxicabs and taxi…

November 22, 2013
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Socialism vs. Capitalism … Gop the Frog vs. Bangkok Soi Dog …

Since I started coming to Bangkok I have learned a lot about socialism. I had never given it much…

November 17, 2013
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Footprint Maker of the Month: Jim Algie …Follow him if you dare @jim_algie

Web Sites are like resumes, they need to be reworked or redone from time to time. On Thailand Footprint…

November 8, 2013
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The Rocky Horror Show comes to Bangkok … Dig it if you can …

Bangkok is a city with a lot of entertainment choices. Spoiled for choice, I have heard it said. But…

October 30, 2013
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The Buddha’s Footprint (Buddhapada) in Thailand …

The footprints of Buddha (Buddhapada) were represented historically even before there were statues of…

October 27, 2013
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Fashion Trends in the Kingdom … Top 5 Best Selling Tshirts in Thailand …

Soon, and not because there has been any particular demand, Gop the frog in the coconut shell will be…

October 23, 2013
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Appreciate or Complain? … Decisions, Decisions … I think Voltaire got it right …

It’s always possible I’m imagining things, which would be nice, but it seems to me there is…

October 6, 2013
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Tweet me … Like me … Make me write bad checks …

The results are in after 48 hours re the frog on the blog balloting. An independent accounting firm was…

September 15, 2013
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The Parks in My Life … The Parks of Thailand …

In 1952 Henry Miller wrote a book which must have been quite the exercise in self examination. It is…

August 16, 2013
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An partial list of search terms that led people to Thailand Footprint …

For my amusement and hopefully yours, the reader, I include a partial list of search terms that led…

August 13, 2013
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No more Kindles … no more Nooks … no more Ereaders, dirty looks …

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever. Kindle school, that is. I’ve learned…

July 15, 2013
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Earning the Couch … Jazz at The Living Room on Sukhumvit Road… Real life vs. Literature …

“You’ve got to earn the couch”, one University mountain biker said to his mountain…

July 10, 2013
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Five (5) bits of cultural advice for Patpong, Nana Plaza & Soi Cowboy … The Entertainment Zones …

Lest anyone think I am ignoring the three well known entertainment areas in Bangkok, Thailand on this…

July 7, 2013
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You never know what you’ll find in the Attic … a trip to Attic Studios off of Sukhumvit 31 …

I love all things Google. Last Thursday I plugged in “ART LESSONS + BANGKOK” into the…

July 3, 2013
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“Whenever a friend succeeds, a little something in me dies.”

The above quote is attributed to author, Gore Vidal; he wrote Myra Breckinridge, among many other…

June 28, 2013
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Forget Yourself … what did Henry Miller mean?

On the About / Mission page of this blog a Henry Miller quote concludes with, “Forget…

June 25, 2013
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Another view: Memorable Placer coach left big footprint – Former Hillmen hoopster gives thanks to Tom Barry – By Kevin Cummings / Special to the Auburn Journal

Editor’s Note: This is a special guest column at The Auburn Journal by Kevin Cummings, who played…

June 11, 2013
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Sunday Afternoon Jazz at CheckInn99 on Sukhumvit Road …

Yesterday, I went to the historic Bangkok Cabaret bar, CheckInn99, which has a colorful history that…

June 3, 2013
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Each One his Own Direction, Each One his Own Way / kon-lá tít kon-lá taang / คนละทิศคนละทาง: Malcolm Gault-Williams interview …

Today’s maiden interview at Thailand Footprint is with Malcolm Gault-Williams. He is the father of…

May 12, 2013
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Never Go To Thailand … and the reasons I love it … Mook, the smiling waitress, and Good Sam are just two …

Recently, there was a video making the rounds of the social networking sites. Its title, NEVER GO TO…

May 19, 2013
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The Poke Rafferty Series by Timothy Hallinan – King of the Bangkok Fiction Hill?

The Poke Rafferty series is five…

May 2, 2013
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Forgetting myself at a memorable evening … Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir

Artist Chris Coles talks with Author Tom Vater at Bangkok Fiction Night of Noir (Photo by Aroon Vater)…

April 18, 2013
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I am not a writer … and why the world needs them

I am not a writer. And yet I like to write. I find no incongruity to this. I am not…

April 15, 2013

2 Responses to “Essays”

  1. Christopher

    Henry Miller, I suspect, would have loved this blog.

    Kicking off with John Cleese, Alfred Hitchcock and Henry Miller promises a host of new connections to understanding and appreciating the books written in Southeast Asia.

    Reply

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