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Downdrafting and Uplifting

on November 30th, 2005 by mark

I’m depressed again. Not in a bad way, not in a watch-Cops-and-relate-to-the-victims way—but in a rather mild, uneasy way. It’s the eyes, again. My eyes going south on me seems an indicator of sorts and it bothers me. Of course, it may just be that the optometrist’s office hosed me for $210.00. Here’s how it […]

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The Eyes and the rats….

on November 29th, 2005 by mark

Well, not really. 40 does, however, slide over a couple of new ones on you. Last summer, on my birthday in fact, it was the kidney stones and a ruptured back muscle. Now it’s my eyes. actually, it’s not really age’s fault at all. I teach English and I write-which means I am in front […]

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Passing it on…

on November 28th, 2005 by mark

When I was a young lad, starting as early, really, as 5 years old or earlier, my father and mother watched disapprovingly as my brothers and I, captivated by the music of our time, broke out tennis racket guitars and vacuum cleaner handle microphones and turned on the hi-fi to our favorite hits. The Beatles, […]

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Falling asleep…

on November 27th, 2005 by mark

At the wheel—or at the keyboard. Posted a little today over at brotherblogger. Nothing terribly political—just my rant on GM. Feel free to look there for witty, acerbic prose….Otherwise, I’ve got nothing left.

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Christmas is coming…

on November 26th, 2005 by mark

And I say, God bless it…Well, I am not the first to say that. Dickens’ expression of the holiday remains my favorite all around Christmas tale. It has the perfect blend of reason-for-the-season-ness and crass commercialism. Make no mistake, crass commercialism, to me, is a welcome part of Christmas. It means that people are out […]

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Thank you Michael

on November 25th, 2005 by mark

Home again, home again, jiggety jig…..The southern route home from AZ knocked 100 miles off of the trip. The trade off is…..San Bernardino and L.A. traffic–which actually was not bad, though it was heavy. The lower dessert is not as pretty in my estimation as the high dessert and it is most assuredly warmer. However, […]

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Photoblogging….almost

on November 24th, 2005 by mark

The problem is that while I got some really great shots, all of them are too big for me to upload directly and such is the lack of prowess I possess that I do not know how to resize the photos so that they sustain fewer kb’s. In any event, I have uploaded them to […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

on November 24th, 2005 by mark

I will do some photoblogging later from the hotel if I can. Until then—Happy Thanksgiving to all from Northern Arizona.

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Arizona

on November 23rd, 2005 by mark

Well…..The drive was interesting. It should be noted that Peanut was fantastic and did a great job on her first major road trip–which turned out to be more of a Bataan death march than a road trip. I made this drive in August of 04 with my pal Shawn, but I guess I’d forgotten it. […]

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The night before…

on November 22nd, 2005 by mark

Leaving for our second major road trip with Peanut in the AM. Off to grandpa’s house in Northern AZ. The first major road trip was to Monterey and that is a 300 mile drive. This is 400 miles and her first trip out of her home state. Should be fun, if a bit tiring. Aunt […]

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