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Ick.

on September 30th, 2006 by mark

Had an absolutely useless dinner last night. Annoying, really. What’s worse was that it was started with good intentions–but, it turned out to be a feckless, tasteless waste of time… Peanut’s school had what they dubbed their “first annual mixer…” Sounds like fun, eh? New to the school and we could get to know parents […]

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Day Fire–week 4

on September 28th, 2006 by mark

The Day Fire continues to char hundreds of thousands of acres, cost millions of dollars, tax the resources of the Counties, indeed the state’s and other states’ fire resources and burn nearly unchecked above Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. At the current time, the fire is less than 50% contained and has now been burning […]

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Justin 2000 Cab

on September 27th, 2006 by mark

Oh, friends….I have tasted beauty–glory–and it is from Justin. I’ve known for many years that Justin’s wines were among the best of the Paso Robles group–and that is saying something, I’ll tell you. I also have to give full disclosure and point out that Paso wines hold a special place in my heart: My father […]

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The Day Fire continues…

on September 25th, 2006 by mark

The Ojai Post continues to run an incident page on the Day fire. The latest information is that the fire jumped the dozer line at Piru creek and has begun a 1,000 acre “finger” of fire burning down into the Lockwood Valley. There is a recommended evacuation in that area—near and dear to my heart […]

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Day Fire-Sunday Updates

on September 24th, 2006 by mark

The Day fire continues to burn with only 40% containment. I’m turning my attention to this because the resources that are out there need to be utilized more by local residents all over our (Ventura) county. Please visit The Ojai Post as well as the Ventura County Fire Dept. Homepage. Tyler, over at the Post, […]

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The Day Fire and Other Oddities…

on September 23rd, 2006 by mark

UPDATE: For constant Day Fire updates, check out the Ojai Post. Tyler is keeping up to date information from the Ventura County Fire Dept. The fire has burned over the ridge of the Topa Topa range and is threatening Santa Paula and Ojai. Many evacuations. Follow the links…. The Internet is a great thing, you […]

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Useless and bygone ephemera…

on September 22nd, 2006 by mark

OK, the title of this post is hoisted from James Lileks site–but it’s true here, as well… I found this little diddy on the Youtube which I grow to love more each day. I spent a good part of my childhood in Chicago, IL and this little feature was on WGN for us kids during […]

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The computers, the yearbook, the door and what the dog did

on September 21st, 2006 by mark

Some success. The rather extraordinary, and may I say neanderthal, way in which the computer problem I faced with my yearbook class was handled has finally come to a climax. It’s not the end…but it is, perhaps, the beginning of the end… Finally I got a chance to allow my publishing rep. to speak to […]

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Frosting

on September 20th, 2006 by mark

Perhaps it is the lack of anything substantive to say. Or the smoke-filled sky brought on by the Day Fire, as it’s called, now burning into its 17th day. I don’t think it’s any of these, though. Quite honestly, it’s the biggest problem I’ve faced in 16 years of teaching–and it never should have even […]

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Perspective

on September 18th, 2006 by mark

The previous post is indeed accurate, and it is driving me nuts. The IT dept. at the district is not interested in the needs of our yearbook class, it is interested in its own security needs. I’ve been so stressed about it, I got chest pains. I am now going to attempt to let it […]

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