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on December 6th, 2016 by mark

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The good and the bad.

on March 16th, 2013 by mark

The trip to the Sequoias was beautiful. As we rose in altitude, the already mild temperatures grew cooler, the air thinner, more pure and the scenery more lush, more verdant. We had never been to the Sequoias before, but Conni, our exchange student, had. She traveled to the US with her family last summer and […]

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Not Quite the Black Dog

on May 28th, 2010 by mark

Often on a Friday, I’ll get a bit euphoric at the thought of a weekend. It seems fitting that with a three-day weekend upon us, I’d fill it with true kick-up-the-heels, gas bag happiness. That would be the right and honest thing-three days without serious obligation and time with the family and with friends. That […]

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Snarky Tangents

on November 20th, 2009 by mark

I’m finding it very hard to see the downside. OK, yes, the state of California is circling the drain and has been for a couple of years. One good flush and it is all over. And yes because of this, I took a 5% plus cut in pay in my job as a high school […]

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Oink

on November 6th, 2009 by mark

The mythology around swine flu is arguably as powerful as any. The media has hyped the illness so much that we are to believe that everyone around us is dying and that there is no hope. It’s rather frightening. But for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been watching as the bug has made its […]

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Not so bad…

on July 19th, 2009 by mark

Heat today–lots of it. But I have family in Phoenix and they read this and my guess is before they even get this word, they’re cursing me and calling me namby pamby and all the rest. And they’re right. It was maybe 88 degrees today. A bit humid, so it feels higher but the evening […]

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Welcome to the Upgrade

on December 23rd, 2008 by mark

Thanks to Jason, a man with a plan, we are back up without spamming. Wow! I was getting over 200 hits a day in the comments section of purely nasty nonsense spam. It was ugly and I was helpless to stop it. Jason, however, was not helpless to stop it and so here I am. […]

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Two Weeks to Go

on October 21st, 2008 by mark

So, I’m watching Joe Biden speaking after hearing Sarah Palin. Make no mistake–she kicks his ass every which way but loose. Her entire sound-byte was about how untried Obama is–in Biden’s own words–in International Crises. What’s Biden talking about? How much George Bush’s financial policies have ruined the nation and how McCain is George Bush. […]

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Updating the Rant

on August 28th, 2008 by mark

Thptpthpthpthtppththpp…..Etc. Air out of tires and all that. Apologies for the lack of updates since the venerable tequila post. I simply ran out of time in the day. No kidding. First week back to school for both me and Peanut, working very hard to meet today’s deadlines for the project that must not be named […]

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A Black Dog Installment

on June 3rd, 2008 by mark

Click here for explanation of the Black Dog…

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