This is the Ohashi family plot at Memorial Gardens in east Cheyenne. Pictured L to R — Uncle George, Grandma Ohashi, my sister Lorinda, cousin Alison, Uncle Rich, and yours truly. Now that I’m dead, some of my ashes will be buried or at least scattered around here.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

There are plenty of stories about a character leading their life in reverse. One of the best known is The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was the subject of a movie starring Brad Pitt. He started out dead and moved…

Two days after cataract surgery, I went to Denver to catch the Rolling Stones “No Filters” tour in August 2019. It was a “Gas, Gas, Gas.”

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

“Age is just a number,” is what I hear people say who are over 50. “Haven’t you heard? 50 is the new 40,” is another aging denial rationale.

Age is one thing that seldom crosses my mind until a wheel falls off the cart. For…

I haven’t yet requested a copy of my colonoscopy video, but it would be a good companion piece to go along with my MRI brain scan movie.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

Based on what I’ve heard from friends and acquaintances, one medical procedure they all dread is the colonoscopy. This story may be TMI, but I think part of the fear comes from a reluctance to talk about it.

Colonoscopies are an in-and-out procedure that takes…

The highlight of my first stay in the hospital was a visit by Cheyenne KFBC TV personality Sammy Skimmer. His real name was Durwood Early. He read the news, did the weather, and hosted a daily after-school program. He made the rounds while I was there and autographed a photo for me.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

If I aspired to make something of myself when I grew up, it would have been the shortstop for the New York Yankees. My quest to meet that goal began as a player in the Cheyenne Little League.

An injury cut my baseball career short.

I cracked my head open, vaulting over a wall when I was in the first grade. My parents drove me to the hospital where I was stitched up in the Emergency Room.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

We just moved to our new house in the Cole Addition suburbs in East Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was a typical 1960s ranch house on the top of Windmill Road. There was a retaining wall made out of concrete blocks between our place and the neighbors.

I wasn’t afraid of going to the pediatrician. My check-up wouldn’t be anywhere close to being as miserable as a soldier wounded in action during World War II and provided care by the likes of Dr. Walton (Steve Rogers) in the “Combat!” TV show.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

I’m writing another book called Views From Atop My Bed Pan about what I learned from the health care system over the years. I was thinking about my earliest memories and came up with my pediatrician, Dr. Lawrence Cohen.

My favorite TV shows were about…

I rewrote “True Stories of a Mediocre Writer” during NaNoWriMo. It’s about how I became a writer.

By Alan O’Hashi, Morning Musing

You ask a bartender or waiter around here, ‘What do you do?’ They say, ‘I’m an actor, I’m a singer, I’m a student, I’m a writer.’ After a couple of years, you have to be honest with yourself. ‘I’m a bartender, waiter, waitress.’ Life is…

Alan O'Hashi, Views from Behind the Lens

Have Typewriter-Will Travel: I’m a filmmaker & author. Read my offbeat stories about the world I tell on screens of all sizes and on paper, www.alanohashi.com

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