TBM-2008.12 – Saturday, San Francisco, 1973



#Audio. #shortshortstory #Nostalgia. Romance, weed, and vintage San Francisco.


She didn’t work that day, so they got back in his car and went to find bagels and coffee. They ended up at a café in the Haight, not far from the diner where she worked. It was a busy morning. But then, all Saturday mornings were busy in that neighborhood, unless the Dead were in town. You could always tell if the Grateful Dead were playing nearby because the Haight would be empty.

Links and References


  • The Bathtub Mermaid: Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the either Auphonic or  Audacity.
  • Bathtub Mermaid album art was created by Rebecca Moran of Moran Media
  • Sound Effects are from Freesound.


TMB201409.14 – Sunday Shorts: Opening Day Triptych

Excerpt from Today’s Show:

She noticed that the floor was covered in dusty reddish-brown soil. Marin was beginning to hate the stuff. It was everywhere, tracked into her café by colonists and members of the space corps, and swirling in on its own every time the airlock was activated. She had hoped being under the dome would lessen the dust factor, but it appeared she’d been wrong.

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The Bathtub Mermaid, Tales from the Tub is written and produced by Melissa A. Bartell, and is recorded and produced using the BossJock

Music for The Bathtub Mermaid is provided by Mevio’s Music Alley, a great resource for podsafe music. The opening song is “Soap in a Bathtub,” by Stoney. The closing song is “You Can Use My Bathtub, by Little Thom.

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Dog Days of PodCasting #14: Steeping

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Originally recorded on 26 August 2013
– Includes a reading of my cafe vignette, “Steeping,” which was written the day before.
– An excerpt from “Steeping” can be found below:


I can’t believe you lingered here long enough to let espresso go cold, as busy as it is in here today,” Sarah ventured once they were alone again.

“I was working on a poem,” David confessed.

“I had no idea you were a poet. Are you published? Can I read your stuff?”
“I am, when I’m not wearing bike pants and delivering documents around town,” David answered, taking each of her questions in order. “I’ve published a couple pieces here and there,” he continued. “And as to reading it…the stuff I’m working on right now needs to steep a bit.”

“Poems steep?”

“Just like tea,” David said.

Dog Days of Podcasting #9: Strawberry

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Originally recorded and shared via SoundCloud on 20 August 2013
– Includes a reading of my cafe vignette “Strawberry,” which I wrote in 2007.
– After I recorded this episode, I turned “Strawberry” into a one-shot TNG fanfic with Data. It’s in the same universe as a Data/OFC epic I’ve been working on now and then since 2008.
– Link: Strawberry (the fanfic version) at FanFiction.net

Dog Days of Podcasting #4: In the Starbucks Doorway

Dog Days of Podcasting

– Originally recorded, and shared via SoundCloud on 12 August 2013.
– Includes my reading of a piece of fiction, “In the Starbucks Doorway”
– Link: In the Starbucks Doorway at Medium.com.

Dog Days of Podcasting #1 – Intro & Thursdays with Caroline

Dog Days of Podcasting

My friend Tabz kept talking about the Dog Days of Podcasting project. Nine days into it, I finally started. This was my first entry.

– Originally recorded 9 August 2013
– Includes a piece of microfiction (by me): “Thursdays with Caroline”