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Happy Halloween!

on October 31st, 2005 by mark

The air here where we live is warm and dry. An East wind condition settled in earlier this morning and the temperature today reached into the 90’s. The evening was not as cool as it could’ve been, and it bordered on the uncomfortable–still, Peanut was out for her fifth Trick or Treat romp. Well, that’s […]

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Wine and Whine

on October 30th, 2005 by mark

Well, a wine tasting today that was unique. I agreed to host a wine tasting for some friends of mine from church who were having a meet and greet at their house with an artist friend. It was really a nice, intimate little get together and the wines, all from down under, were quite good […]

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A successful show…and even day.

on October 29th, 2005 by mark

So much was up in the air yesterday and indeed, it came to fruition that my guests Bill Niman and Barbara Smith were not able to be on the show. But it worked out just fine. I focused in on bad dining experiences and asked people to call in the show to discuss them. The […]

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…Back on Deck

on October 29th, 2005 by mark

Ah…Friday it is. Peanut’s fever and sore throat blossomed into full blown croup this morning, complete with seal bark cough, wheezing and general not-feeling-goodness. She is, however, on our regimen of medicines for just such an occasion including a little albuterol and pulmicort (she has “reactive airways” or, as I call it–asthma). Her fever appears […]

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Peace

on October 28th, 2005 by mark

One assumes that on a Thursday, driven toward the end of the week, that one will simply–cruise to Friday. And, further–one assumes that Friday will be a day of relative ease. In my case, the classroom on Friday is full of sort of catch-up activities–making sure notes are in order, putting last minute touches on […]

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Crazy Making

on October 27th, 2005 by mark

I have been displeased with Fed Ex since I began my Katrina relief effort work and found them most unhelpful. On Foxnews, their CEO was on saying that they were discounting rates and delivering to the hot zones that needed help most. Well, that’s what he said… I called to see if I could get […]

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Family Farming, Family Vineyards

on October 26th, 2005 by mark

One of the things that draws me to the wine and food world so keenly is that it’s a business unlike any other because the aspirations of those involved generally do not lean toward large corporations and profit margins. Please don’t misunderstand, everyone wants to make a profit in their business–but family farms and vineyards […]

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All the usual things…

on October 25th, 2005 by mark

For a Monday. I’m looking for topics for the weekend show and grading papers and talking to my wife and playing with the controls on the new spa and ichatting with Michael and re-designing sections of the blog and trying to get more voice over work–and…so this isn’t a very long post. I’m done feeling […]

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A walloping day

on October 24th, 2005 by mark

Indeed. Got a chance to go in with the VIP’s and see Air Force one, tail number 27000—the old 707 that President Reagan used (as well as many other Presidents, including Clinton). It was an astounding experience walking through what is really quite a small cabin. The new 747’s are far more Presidential. The President’s […]

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Miles to go…

on October 23rd, 2005 by mark

I never really get interested in the baseball season until the playoffs and then I start watching. It was fascinating to me to see the Chicago White Sox make the playoffs and now the Series. As a former Chicagoland resident, it’s neat to see an old hometowner in there–especially since that hometowner has not been […]

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