to voice over artist Tim George
the part of Hank Peabody
Tim George's website to learn more
about his work
from The Reeducation of a Turd Peddler
by John Henry Peabody
COMPLETELY forgotten to mention Dolores. Dolores Huerta. She
works at the historical society. Volunteers is the more
appropriate term. Lo comes in a few times a week, runs the paperwork
on the place, and, well, pretty much runs the place.
Shes my Miss Moneypenny
cuteI mean, shes no Janetbut she is cute in a Marry
A Mexican Wife Be Happy All Your Life kind of way. Janet likes her,
too. I know they go out to lunch and talk. All I can do is wonder.
It would be fair to describe Dolores as sturdy, even tempered
and well put together. Her skin is chestnut brown and warm. She has
great hands. And a good nose. Although she went to El Fornio High, like
me, she was younger and we must have missed each other by a few years.
One day I asked, Are you Fornay Indian?
She looked me over. You low life racist, she
said, half jokingly. Im half Mexican and half Moor, Hank.
Out of San Joaquin Valley. Those cowboys out there, thats where
my grandfather came from. The left over Spanish horsemen. Did you ever
read any of Rojas California vaqueros books? Youre one of
those researchy academic types, right, Hank?
Shes a mocker, thats for sure, I thought. And
generally right. I just figured she was half this or half that, Indian
or Mexican. But Moorish was not on the radar.
Like the old spur you found out in the mud last week.
Those are my grandfathers people, on my dads side.
Yeah, the old converted Moors that came over with
their horses I ran a couple of fingers across my forehead and
began to see.
Thats right. They may have converted to Catholicism
to survive in the old country, but they were still outsiders.
I looked at Lo, holding her clipboard.
I have things to do, she began to turn.
Thanks, I said, trying to touch her shoulder,
but she had already headed for the office with all the bits of paper
that made up her time here.
Youre welcome, she let as the door closed
My cel phone rang. Hello?
It was Janet.
READ A Follow
Up Story with Dolores
called The Ikea Story