Is it Everything I am?

A rewrite of one of my favorite tales

Harry Hogg
Feb 25 · 11 min read
Photo by ross tek on Unsplash

It was my first taste of the American West, and in the hot, afternoon sunshine I wandered along the dusty main street of Columbia, one of California’s first gold towns. Passing a saloon bar, complete with swing doors, and packed with tourists, I heard music emanating from a honky-tonk piano. The man playing had a mustache waxed to a point. His shirt sleeves…