Probably my most vivid memory of the book will be your mother confronting the ump when you were thrown out at the plate.
It's admirable that you talked about your decision to stop drinking--not an easy column to write, I don't suppose.
I suppose my only suggestion would be to put headlines over the columns to beak up the type, but that's a small thing.
As I read your book I got to thinking about the photos I've taken of Long Beach during the 30 years I've lived here. Would you be interested in my submitting an occasional pic (gratis) to the newspaper?
I've enclosed a few examples. I just shot Lois Lane, near 2nd St., the other day.
Some of the shots have interesting stories. The $17.50 BLT, for instance, was served at a tiny burger stand on Atlantic Ave. for years. Dave, the feisty owner didn't like people ordering BLT's because it slowed down his burger operation, so he charged an outrageous amount to make one (he was serious about the price).
Dave retired a few years ago and his stand was bought by someone else. It's still called Dave's but the $17.50 BLT is no longer served.
Anyway, let me know what you think. And good luck with the book.