Nena the Fairy and the Blind Pigs by Carlos and Joseph Najera

Every down town block in Oxnard had two or three saloons. When Prohibition became law in 1920, bars, saloons and beer joints became illegal. That did not stop people from drinking. They just found new ways of not getting caught.

Speak Easies were places that required a password to enter. They didn’t fool anybody but they gave the County Sheriff an excuse to look away. Blind Pigs was another name for a place where adult beverages were served.

There’s never a good outcome when a story begins with: “I was at this joint last night . .”  I said these words before but this one time . . .


. . .   One morning I awoke as usual when I saw a hole in the wall, I was curious because it was not there the night before.   I put my finger in it to see what it was. Later that day I learned that two men got in a gunfight in the street in front of our house.  A stray bullet went through the open window and passed about one inch above my head and hit the wall.

One more time Nena the Fairy was protecting me.


About jedwardnajera

I am an artist and a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I published several novels. Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, Dust of the Moon are among them, available through Amazon Books. I have spent over thirty five years in a classroom. I am now retired from that profession. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. Now I am continuing the tradition by posting my own stories and misadventures. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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