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John R. Hall

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John R. Hall is a James Copley Scholarship for Journalism recipient. John studied journalism, psychology, communications & drama at City College, San Diego, California. John has largely traveled through life as a single and childless rolling stone, collecting little moss. He has been employed in numerous industries: first as a KFC dishwasher, then a Red Lion busboy, followed by soda jerking for Dairy Queen. All of that occurred before Uncle Sam whispered in his ear and he donned the olive drab green as a soldier in the U.S. Army. After that non Yankee Doodle Dandy duty was over, he attempted a career in entertainment, performing comedy and magic. When those opportunities disappeared, John reappeared in the transportation industry as a taxi and truck driver. He's been a barkeep, a hotel manager, a street performer, a professional student, a business manager, a dispatcher, an oil field professional, and an IT/IS professional; He's even been a procurer of substances. John developed and maintains both HuntingForThompson.com and HALLESQUE.com. All of this basically makes him an omnipotent . . . (in his own mind, which, as he says: "Is all that counts").

It’s Never Too Late, Sweetie

After I pulled out of Fort Apache and began a northerly ascent, a strong sense of regret descended upon me. The melancholy I was...

You Are Welcome Here Anytime

On August 24, 2011, I pulled out of Winslow, Arizona, on my motorbike. As I was headed down Interstate 40’s eastbound on-ramp, I rapidly...

Oh, Mama, Can This Really Be the End?

I have always been rather nomadic. Like a rolling stone, I have collected little moss. Most of my life has been lived unencumbered by...

Standing on a Corner

Idioms, folktales, parables, fables, allegories, and metaphors, ad infinitum, have been passed down for generations. And each subsequent generation has created its own anecdotes...

Boomtown Left Town Shell-Shocked

In 2016 I found myself on the bust side of North Dakota’s oil boom. That was the beginning of the down-and-out years for the...

Why Some Ride

Gary Paulsen, in Pilgrimage on a Steel Ride: A Memoir about Men and Motorcycles, wrote: “It’s very strange what saves a man.” He was...

“The Chosen One” Was an Expected Revelation

The powers that be, the gods, have a morbid sense of humor. We need look no further than President Donald J. Trump for proof....

Momentarily Waylaid on I-15

Interstate 15 and I have a history. Like any historical tale, some of it’s good, some of it’s bad, and some of it is...

Rip Van WTF: I Just Awoke From a Coma

Before I awoke, the last thing I remember is that on January 20, 2009, I was standing on the National Mall with approximately 1.8...

Uber Is Lyfting Getting Screwed to New Heights

Originally published over at Hunting For Thompson on July 26, 2019. In the early eighties, long before the thought of becoming a rideshare driver in...

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