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Biloxi

on January 30th, 2007 by mark

In September of 2005, I picked up the phone at the suggestion of Hugh Hewitt on his radio show and I called a church in Biloxi, MS. It was answered by Gary Taylor and he and I began a conversation that started a friendship–that led to a large series of efforts to help rebuild and […]

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Soft Landing…

on January 29th, 2007 by mark

Well now–I shall sleep the sleep of the contented, the job-well-done (or so I hope). First day of the new semester and the newspaper, which I advise, is rebuilding from the ground up. Great new kids, great vibe in the room…American Studies is rolling right along into the WWII unit, English started a new novel–Their […]

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Back in the Saddle

on January 26th, 2007 by mark

Fortuitous events led me up to Paso Robles this morning as I got my first assignment from Wine Country This Week. I interviewed Gary Eberle of Eberle Vineyards and Winery. He’s a great guy with a great story to tell–and you should know more about it. So–when the article comes out on February 22nd, I’ll […]

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Surprises

on January 25th, 2007 by mark

Ahhhh. Here we are back in the command center–the leather recliner is in half or partial position, feet are up, lights are out–some mindless blather is playing on the TV and I have my laptop back in my lap. All is right with the world. It’s been a day of delights, actually, and some surprises […]

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And we're back on deck…

on January 25th, 2007 by mark

Thanks to Edd. I write this at 6:30 A.M. from Old New York Bagel in Camarillo. Edd fixed the Mac last night and charged it up. I was with him for about two hours. After that, I just couldn’t look. But he did it! And we’re back!

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Mac saga continues

on January 24th, 2007 by mark

The thing is taking a lot longer than I thought. I have a new appreciation for why computers cost what they do and what is involved in keeping them going. It makes perfect sense that they cost so much money–they’re friggin’ complicated… I never imagined that this small little laptop could have as many layers […]

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State of the Household

on January 23rd, 2007 by mark

The parts for the Mac should arrive tomorrow. Thursday morning early, Edd and I will see if we can piece the thing back together in an acceptable way. That’s not all that is occupying me tonight–but what is occupying me is Sue has a girls’ night thingy and I’m in charge at home. So Peanut […]

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The Path to 9/11

on January 21st, 2007 by mark

Cyrus Nowrasteh is a name I’ve mentioned before. He’s a fine writer and his latest film that aired on ABC last September was The Path to 9/11. It was an extraordinary docudrama that focused on the steps and mis-steps that led us up to that horrible day. The movie focused pretty closely on John O’Neill […]

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Computerless

on January 20th, 2007 by mark

Sigh. I write this from my wife’s computer. It scorns at me while I do so. It’s not a Mac. But it’s a great machine and I am sheepish. As my friend Jason has reminded me, I don’t fit the typical Mac profile–and it’s true, I don’t. I really don’t know why I love Macs […]

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The Nerd-tacular Specifics

on January 18th, 2007 by mark

I haven’t much time. I’ve switched to auxiliary power and it will run out within the next 30 minutes if I keep using the machines this way. The story is a sad one and when we are fully charged, I will tell you the whole thing. For now–know two things: 1) The power cord broke […]

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