Photos of readers

Today’s reader is Charles Minus, which is his handle. His real name is given in his notes below (indented), which accompanied two photos. I left in the encomium as I’m low today!

Hope this qualifies.  I’m Clyde Flowers, my wife is Dianne Flowers, and my cat is Marko.  We are retired and weathering the storm In San Pedro, California. This is a photo of the three of us holding hands while watching the tube. If you use this it will be the second of our cats to make an appearance; our late and sorely missed cat Tiny is still starring in your Halloween Black Cat parade as the Cat in the Hat.
I’m a UC alum and remember the pond clearly (although, as I recall, it wasn’t too clear in those days – late 50s).  Thanks for all you do; I start each day reading your website.

I asked Clyde to send me a photo of himself too, which is below (it mentions a comment I made about the Blanton-Webster era being the best period for Duke Ellington’s band):

Okay, how about this one.  I’m a retired bass player.  Thanks for the reply.  I also agree about the Webster/Blanton era of Ellingtonia although I love all the earlier stuff.



  1. GBJames
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


  2. Jenny Haniver
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Marko is quite a handsome cat. Are those socks with toes or are my eyes playing tricks on me? If they are, what’s it like to wear them?

  3. Mark R.
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Your wardrobe is exactly like mine! You three holding hands is a cute photo.

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Very nice kitty. I had to visit the port down there long ago while I was working at the port in Oakland. Must have been important because I can hardly remember it.

  5. Dominic
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    You could probably put together a WEIT band! 🎼

    • JezGrove
      Posted May 25, 2020 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Are you signing up as lead singer?

  6. rickflick
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    All we need now is a video with a bit of bass play. 😐

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Seeing as how you’re a stand-up bass player, Clyde, can we take it that your handle is an homage to the great jazzman Charles Mingus (whom I think of every time I see your name on a comment)?

    • Mark R.
      Posted May 25, 2020 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      I bet you’re right…I missed that connection.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 25, 2020 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

        Well, ah um on you for missing that one, buddy. 🙂

        • Mark R.
          Posted May 25, 2020 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

          Thanks…love that groove…

    • Charles Minus
      Posted May 25, 2020 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been using that handle for a least 15 years and you are the first person to ever catch that.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 25, 2020 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        I was going to say something the first time I saw one of your comments, but I thought maybe “Charles Minus” was your actual name.

        I already made the mistake of asking an occasional commenter here named “Al Jardine” (a Brit, just minding his own business) if he was the rhythm guitarist for the Beach Boys. I didn’t want to go down THAT route again. 🙂

  8. Janet
    Posted May 25, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    In addition to all the other cool stuff, that red mask is super.

  9. Posted May 25, 2020 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    Aw, how lovely to see the three of you holding hands, Clyde!

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