December 16, 2017

Duchaine’s Sixth Sense

“Duchaine’s Sixth Sense” was posted (pseudonymously) by Richard Underwood on the internet newsgroup misc.fitness.weights on January 27, 1998:

It was a beautiful September afternoon when my flight landed in San Diego. At first I didn’t even know if I would make it. I’d heard the horror stories about the notoriously difficult appraoch into Lindburgh Field, this compounded with my manic fear of flying and the fact that this was going to be my last assignment before I retreated for a four week sabbatical made me unusually jumpy. At every “thud” or “bump” my pulse quickened and I felt that rush of adrenaline not unlike that felt when one is in a near auto accident. Perhaps my distress was visible, because the old bag flight attendant approached more than once to ask if she could bring me anything. I have to admit, three vodka and tonics later my fear of flying was greatly alleviated and I was feeling pleasantly buzzed. In fact, the old bag started to appear more attractive after all, I thought perhaps I had rushed to judgment. [Read more…]

David Jenkins’ Eulogy for Dan Duchaine

“Hey Dan, What’s up?” I asked answering the phone in the wee morning hours. I hear Dan say slowly all nubained out, “Why do you wrap a hamster in masking tape?” Perplexed I answer, “What?” Dan chuckled and slurs out, “So it doesn’t explode when you fuck it. See you in Anaheim tomorrow.” Dan hangs up.

“You know I don’t eat fish.” he said. “Well you would know if you bothered to read my books.” This was a typical Dan-style opening line as we sat in an Anaheim hotel during our first meeting. [Read more…]