Everything That Brought Me Here

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By Barry Basden

I’m feeling nostalgic, getting ready to struggle with taxes again. Let’s see. My earliest memory of money: a weekly 25-cent allowance. I bought a dime comic (usually “Roy Rogers”), saw the Saturday double feature (“Tim Holt,” “Lash LaRue,” “The Durango Kid,” et. al.) and a serial (“Flash Gordon”?) for 9 cents at a movie house packed with other screaming kids. Spent a nickel on a box of milk duds or a Holloway bar, which made it much more enjoyable. I put the remaining penny in my piggy bank. A penny saved—compound interest and all that—brought me to here.

Bio: Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country with his wife and two yellow Labs. He is coauthor of Crack! and Thump: With a Combat Infantry Officer in World War II. His latest flash collection is Wince.

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