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Mr. Adelson

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October 12th, 2017 Posted 8:03 am

High school track coach in THE RIGHT SIDE, auditioning LeAnne for the pole vault (Mr. Iglesias is her former gymnastics coach):

“Okay,” said Mr. Adelson. He nodded his head a few times. “Okay, okay. And how are you at pushups?”

“Mr. Iglesias loves pushups.”

“Loves doing them himself?”

“It’s possible,” LeAnne said. “But I’ve never seen him.”

“Ha!” Mr. Adelson made a very loud noise, part laugh, part bark, startling her. “All right, then,” he said. “Let’s see a demonstration.”

“Of pushups?”

“What else are we talking about?”

“Here?”

“Floor not clean enough for you?”

LeAnne got down on the floor. A dull green linoleum floor, and actually not that clean.

“Talking real pushups now,” said Mr. Adelson. “From the toes.”

“Are there other kinds?” LeAnne said, face down on the floor, ready to go.

She did a hundred, could have done a few more before the effort started to show, but Mr. Adelson stopped her. “Enough. Enough already. You’re hurting me.”

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Saturday Morning Coffee

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August 19th, 2017 Posted 8:15 am

When Spence (Pete) puts his feet up.

I’ve always loved writing minor characters. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure – you can really let loose, in a way. Mr. Adelson, LeAnne’s high school track coach in THE RIGHT SIDE, is an example. During the story, she remembers him saying, “Morons make the same mistake twice and smart people make new ones.” That remark or apercu of his just popped out from nowhere – but lately I’ve been using it as a lens directed at recent events.

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