Living with the Magoon’s, with update

I wrote this story many years ago and thought I would end it with an update for those who missed it the first time. So here is the original story,

So there I stood holding my 3 years old daughter, her clothes, toys and bed having been just dumped in my patio. I had just become a single parent, my exwife moments later departing for places unknown with a truck driver. Well, that daughter grew up, as children are apt to do, and married one Thomas Magoon.

They proceeded to be getting' to me one granddaughter of the name Alyssa. And well the story then proceeds into the realm of politics at this point because all would have all gone well if we hadn’t had the unfortunate mix of presidents (and others in government of both parties), who were all hell bent on destroying the middle class dream. The dream that included your children actually moving out and having a life of their own, and you having a life of your own, in their own place, not in the place where you live, not under your roof, yes, birds should leave the nest eventually.

You see, my landlord, due to a divorce, decided to move back into my house and studio in Burbank. Thus causing me to find new quarters. So it was that I made the mistake of panicking when I realized rents had doubled in the fifteen years I lived there. And so I invited my daughter, her husband, granddaughter Alyssa, and the yet unnamed one in the oven, to move into my new house.

Now that was fine and that was doable. A nice three-bedroom home with an actual fireplace was nice and cozy, and a much larger studio space to make art in. And just after that first Christmas, Christopher arrived, first born son. Everything was fine for a few years, that is till a sparkle occurred Charmalee’s eye and soon there was another loaf of bread in the oven. Now, who was to know that that loaf of bread would divide and become two? So it was on my birthday, July 22nd in 2004, no gifts please, (well if you want to, what the heck), two beings showed up one Nicholas Magoon and one Joshua Magoon. Peas in a pod I tell you, not identical twins thank God because they can be a little scary, but pods just the same. I wanted to name them “Salt an Peppa.”

So Charmalee has become a great Mother, housekeeper and soccer mom. Although, being a soccer mom finds her in line at the fast food establishments a little too often for my taste. But her handling four kids at Ralph’s, pretty good grocery, is something to behold.

Now, living with Thomas is also interesting as he reminds me a lot of my father as he loves to have parties, cook and entertain people and of course, like my father, at Christmas, we are always the most decorated house on the block. Thomas is the type of person who’s into sports of any kind. This has always been a wonder to me why people watch other people doing something they themselves could be doing although Thomas does plenty of doing too, being on a baseball team and umpiring other sports for the city nearly every night, for a little extra cash. And then coaching the boys and girl to the sports teams they are all involved in from T-ball to cheerleading. But on a Saturday or Sunday you will find all 5 TV sets tuned to a different sport and the computers tuned to sports scores from all around the country.

So it is no surprise that the kids would all be interested in sports as well. Christopher, the oldest son leading the way, well, we almost have a baseball team. Joshua at age 2 would plant his feet like Babe Ruth and hit baseballs as long as you’re willing to pitch them. And hit them he does southpaw and all. Nicholas was also a strong hitter at that age also but had a lot less staying power. He’s more interested in putting on the catcher’s uniform. It can take him a half hour just to get suited up. And at five Christopher was hitting the ball out of the yard. I’ve lost count of how many windows I’ve had to replace.

Now there are things that you have to watch out for living in a three-bedroom home with one bath with three boys. Like you do not just sit down on the toilet seat, no that would be careless, you must always look first, as boys are not naturally trained or have the provocation to pick up the seat before peeing. When living under such conditions it does not take long to learn this. And learn it I did in relativity short order.

There are things that some of you might take for granted, like what to expect to come out of the icemaker, it is not always ice. Navigating the living room and back yard is something that keeps me in shape; it is akin to football players doing that exercise where they run through a series of tires lying on the ground.

The Editor,

Well as many of you know the shop also supports my art work which has been on display at the shop since we opened in 1983. The at work is open to the public to see daily free of charge. So I just had my 50th year retrospective at the Creative Art Center Gallery right here in Burbank. You may have seen the right ups in the Tolucan and the Burbank Leader. It was a huge success with people really engaging in the art work. 60 pieces where shown and you can see the open reception and a second video of all the art work shown at that show by going to YouTube and typing Czappa.

And don’t miss the third documentary short that has been done on the shop, gallery and my artwork just Google vimeoczappa. It became a staff pick and went viral. Over 32,000 people viewed it and it went around the world with 10 Google pages devoted to the video. It was shown on June 2 at the, Dances With Films, festival in Hollywood. It was also shown at the Burbank Film Festival, right here in Burbank, and then went on to the Savanna Film Festival as well. The two earlier documentaries can be seen on our web site or YouTube.

And now with over 75 pieces in stock, we are running out of room at the gallery, so we are announcing we are taking bids or offers on all of the work. So if you have had an eye on any one piece let us know. All of the work can be seen on my web site, or stop by the gallery. Just stop by or email us a bid and it will be considered we really need to make some room for new work get some money for new pieces.

And we now have in stock the 2nd edition of both of my art books, Assembled In America, with my autobiography and photos of most of my art work over the last 50 years and Holidaze! my book of short stories. Also available on And my third book, Tech Techniques, a book about avoiding mistakes in repairing things, things people learn the hard way will be available soon.

The shop

Like many businesses the shop has just been holding on since the banking crises like many other small businesses. We lost 6 competitors last year alone. So please support your local businesses. When you buy from small shops your money stays in the local area and we all benefit from that. And we are overloaded with vintage stereos and speakers and need to reduce inventory so come on in and let’s make a deal. And we are in need of VCR’s, cassette decks and phonographs. All of which are making a comeback. Even consol phono/stereos are in demand. And we love vintage Macintosh and Merantz receivers from the 60’s and 70’s.

TV Antennas are going strong!

Well it never really left but only got better. Gone are the days of ghosts and snow. Every picture now is as good as every other channel no matter if you have an old picture tube type set from the 80’s or 90’s. And now that there are more and more ways to watch TV without a satellite or cable line, we are installing more antennas again. With 180 channels over the air and with the picture quality better then satellite and much better then cable, (because they suppress the signal) we now have the clearest picture since the beginning of television. And you can get DVR’s for antenna users as well. So you can easily record all of your shows and fast forward through the commercials in different speeds and it will be recorded in full HDTV, you can’t do that with a VCR.

New TV Sales,

We continue to match or beat prices on new TV sets and have the knowledge to do the legwork for you. Our sets are usually newer than the big box stores. Ever watch a box car go rattling by, clickity-clank. And we have the knowledge to help you find the right product for you and not waste your money. Who do we recommend over all? LG, which is Zenith, the last partly owned American Company. But we also sell Samsung, Sony and many of the cheap makes as well.

Tape Duplication

Remember that if you do not back up your videotapes someday your camcorder is going to break. And some camcorders like 8mm, Digi 8 are no longer made. But we still maintain all of the necessary units so we can save all of those home movies for you. We can even copy movies from your cell phone or digital camera. And remember we are one of the few shops to transfer audio as well, reel to reel, records, cassette and even 8 track. One of our competitors offered a special recently for tape duplication, but after figuring out the discount the people who bought them were paying the same as our everyday price on duplication.

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If something can be left on the floor it will always be left in the middle of the floor. And if someone spills something I am always the one who finds it, usually while wearing a new pair of socks and it’ll be sticky. If there is something sharp I will also find that as well and just going to the kitchen and back I usually find stickers of all sorts stuck to my feet. Finding the remote is always a challenge; sometimes it ends up in the icemaker. The bathtub is always full of toy trucks, boats and rubber duckies but I can’t complain too much about that since half of them are mine. I have also become the turn off the lights Czar as no one turns off a light once it is lit.

The dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer never stop and trying to find the washer free is not easy. To handle this I bought enough clothes to go three weeks between washes, something easy to do when your wardrobe consist mainly of tank tops and shorts, thanks again to the “Presidents.”

Sleeping can be a problem with all the noise in the house and it is nearly every morning that I am woken up by someone yelling just outside my door. Usually it’s my daughter or Thomas yelling at the kids to be quiet so grandpa can sleep.

The kids all have their favorite foods, with Christopher it’s popcorn, Joshua loves to share an orange with me nearly every night, Nicholas loves it when I bring home peanuts in the shell and Alyssa is nuts for spaghetti and meat-a-balls.

But what the kids all really love, to my surprise, is a big green salad. They love to help me make it with several types of lettuce, purple cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, whole black olives and avocados, always dressed with oil and vinegar, they are all just so Italian. Yes, I have seen them leave their McDonalds on the table and go for the salad instead. It is also hard to keep vinegar in the house because they all love to drink it right out of the bottle.

You can imagine how expensive this can be and so this is why, this and the “Presidents,” I am still driving the 69 Ford Econoline Van I bought in 1972. That van has brought me through two wives, one daughter, one dog, a bird and now four grandkids. It has been hard to give up because it just keeps running although it is interesting to see what happens to a vehicle when it approaches four hundred thousand miles. Things like the body itself begin to crack, come unglued and sometimes I think the only thing holding it together is the 12 coats of paint I used to paint it over the years, paint I applied with a roller. Other parts are held on with bailing wire and some parts I have had to make myself from scratch.

Now considering all this, some would say my glass is half full and others would say half empty, but what really matters is what’s in the glass that counts.

So what has changed since I wrote this story? Well, the kids are still into sports. Even Alyssa as she has become head cheerleader, has been accepted to 3 universities and one offered her a $45,000.00 scholarship. The boys are doing well in various sports from basket ball to baseball. My daughter has been promoted to manager at her work and Thomas is president of the Burbank Little League and manager of my store. And I just had my 50th year retrospective of my art work right here in Burbank. The washer and dryer have worn out and have been replaced as well as both trucks. I am now the proud owner of a 2008 Chevy Uplander with keyless doors and finally, air-conditioning and automatic windows and a 2003 Ford E150 van, also with air. And the government? Well they continue to make it harder and harder each year to make a living and so the kids still live at home with me with our newest edition to the family is a dog named Petey.


The End

William Czappa
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