On other nights, wrapped in a blanket to protect myself from the chill of the basement rec-room,
||I tuned in to Tales from the Darkside
and Hammer House of Horror
and Kolchak the Night Stalker
with the telephone in my hand.
My best friend
Sometimes we talked,
Suddenly, video stores bloomed on nearly every corner.
All the movies I had ever wanted to see were available for a rental fee of a couple bucks.
I spent a lot of bucks and watched a lot of movies.
With keys to a car finally in hand,
(at the age of 20),
and a great babysitter (Grandmothers are so wonderful for these things . . .)
for my two-year-old,
some of those same friends and I drove to
Mr. Gein's Hometown.
We found his grave in the town cemetery,
just after dusk (though we hadn't planned it that way)
on the weekend before Halloween.
We put flowers on Mary's grave.
We were stunned to see flowers on Ed's as well.