The Junkman Cometh

Looks like the Joads move to California.

A short story.

I wrote about the very strong discussions in two groups that I follow. I fixed both of them. I dropped out of the groups. Too much noise, no signal.

There is today’s comment. Unless you can peek behind the curtain, and really see the action, you don’t know the truth. The commenter was nice. My reply was nice. But, screw it. I’m too old for this nonsense.

Stop putting me in the box of an old white colonial man. Never put Ray in a box.

As much as I tell you, most of you don’t know me. It’s likely you never will unless we meet in real life.

Going forward, I’ll post a picture, write a feel words about it, and say good day because…

“Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.

The picture

I’ll likely get pilloried for calling the man who picks up abandoned stuff, a junkman. This is New Orleans. That’s what he calls himself. He was picking up some other junk when I saw his trailer. I love junk. I love abandoned buildings. I had no choice but to make a photograph. We know each other. He laughed when he saw me making a picture.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Enjoy every bowl of gumbo.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

3 thoughts on “The Junkman Cometh

  1. Mr. Ray,
    Just want to say, thank you for generously sharing some of your work, your direct, no-nonsense voice. I don’t always comment, but I always carefully read (and often re-read) each post. “Those who know don’t talk. Those who talk don’t know.” — I love this expression.
    All best to you and all your dear ones,


    1. Thank you, Takami. And, thanks for reading so carefully.I’m not sure how many of my online friends do. That little phrase? I hears it somewhere along the way. I don’t know who said it first. Take care and stay safe. Ray

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      1. Mr. Ray, thank you for your reply!
        In my humble opinion, I feel that quite a few of your online friends (myself included) do read your posts carefully. For someone like myself who is not nearly as experienced, we may refrain from commenting simply because we are taking it all in – and learning from someone with real (not limited to books/manuals/digital) hands-on experience. It is very hard to come across folks with true skill in their craft. Most likely because they don’t do much talking and are walking the walk 🙂

        That being said, I can imagine that even for seasoned veterans, it’s nice to have some kind of reaction/feedback – even if simply to know that they are not talking at the wall. So, I comment every now and then, even if’s just to say – “thank you so much for sharing” with a sincere heart.


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