11:28 in TJ A novel or telenovela
(written in Spanish)
A young gambler from San Diego inspecting his local offshore sports betting
operation sees his family massacred while they were under witness protection in Costa Rica. The patriarch of the family was
a convicted embezzler and money launderer who gave prison saving information to the FBI in its mission to destroy a Los
Angeles druglord. The patriarch was a respected environmentalist with a sultry super-model, aspiring actress girlfriend,
Solana dubbed the “Mexican Marilyn Monroe”. The gambler narrowly misses extermination and seeks to avenge the
deaths. Joined by a long time friend, Black hustler from LA and a teenage Mexican former concubine met en route, they begin
a journey in a birthday gift Cadillac Escalade from San Jose, Costa Rica to Tijuana, Mexico. Thru illicit connections they
attempt to unravel the mysteries. Potential illegal immigrants, economic-political situations, preying road bandits, and
an infamous assassin are encountered along the way.
The erudite former concubine relates the story of Yanga, the
leader of the ancient slave revolution as they pass little known historic sites thru the mountains near Vera Cruz.
the extrapolated time depicted by the Roman numerals on the face of the old analog clock standing near the beginning of
the winding walkway thru the La Voz del Pueblo market place entering Tijuana, Baja California , Mexico. The open window
restaurants, stands, craft shops and kiosks with fast talking, hawking bi-lingual merchants, and artisans, with baggy subfusc
and low rider shapely staffs along the trail to the towering silver arch at the entrance to Revolucion Blvd, the main drag
to the bustling, dusty city of two million people. Most of who only want to leave. Turistas learn quickly not to accept
the “first unmarked price” for anything except food and beverage. Though these commodities too are often subject
to haggling negotiations as well as sex, drugs, taxi fares and knock-off merchandise. The arch has been nicknamed the Mexican
McDonald where one may dine al fresco on nearby benches with their own fare free in contrast to a meal at the golden arched
namesake where a meal consisting of a Big Mac, French fries, and soda costs more than most of the populace earns in a day.
11:28. Does the time commemorate a special occasion or portend
an event yet to come? Or is it just time standing still mimicking the cult film Ground Hog Day, going no where cramped,
muy pronto existence of so many? Is it no more than a reference point for seekers who move casually and oft times surreptitiously
down the arterial lanes to the main trail to barter and arrange for goods and services?
There is something for everyone
in the colonies comprising TJ --- dumps, dives, SRO’s, modest apartments, simple homes, majestic houses, high-rise
beachfront condominiums; gambling, discothèques, night clubs with nude dancers, precious metals, vice, and bargain
rate merchandise among the array.
You have to be broke or stupid to go jail in inner city TJ. Most offenses can
be settled ‘out of court’ instantly by the graft laden policia. There are other penalties though for the free
wheeling lifestyles; STD, robbery,, and violent street gangs. People of evil deeds with specific needs, the hustlers circle
and stalk vulnerable distracted tourists to procure, connive or use any means necessary to achieve ill gotten gains. If
you survive six months in TJ, you can survive forever for the criminal element will deduce either you are too poor to have
anything of value, you are accepted, protected, connected, or very dangerous also.
Novel - Guides for the Blind
Biographies or excerpts from the lives of three Black men who history has turned “blind eyes”
towards, hence the working title, “Guides for the Blind”. Undecided as whether to create a historical anthology
or “drop these stories” into the background of a non-fictional work.
1. Gaspar Yanga – a 16th century African prince is sold into bondage to work the plantations of
Southern Mexico. He escapes with other slaves to the mountains of Veracruz and allies with the indigenous populace to revolt
against Spain. They become the “first free people of the Americas” after reaching a truce with the occupying
2. York – The lifelong body servant for Meriwether Lewis becomes
the scout for the Lewis and Clark expedition. So historically obscured that he is only known by one name, York.
3. Matthew Henshaw – The guide for the Admiral Peary in the exploration and search for the North
Pole. After Peary falls ill, he reaches a destination closer to the Pole than Peary. Neither actually, despite publicity
and financing by the National Geographic Society reaches the acclaimed destination. (Cook has been recognized as the “true
discoverer” after years of historical slight.)
(Format undecided i.e. non-fiction historical
novel or enclosure within a fictional novel)