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Wine News like I promised

on December 28th, 2007 by mark

I had a deadline today for a piece on J. Paul Rosilez wines. I spoke with Joe this afternoon while I was at Burbank Airport and he was doing errands at the bank, etc. He’s an interesting guy, Mr. Rosilez. He works as a pharmacist in Paso Robles for two different places. He puts in […]

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Straightening up and out…

on December 27th, 2007 by mark

It was only a matter of time, I suppose. The whole house has been hit with the cold. I reported earlier that all of us, even Sofie, had gotten sick. Slowly, though–we made our way back to health. All except one….Peanut. Her cold seemed for a few days to be really going better. The cough […]

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Christmas plus 1

on December 26th, 2007 by mark

The anti-climax of December 26th was offset by Sofie taking Peanut out for a girl’s day shopping. Water polo practice lasted until noon and Peanut and I packed up in brother Doug’s car to go get her. The van was in the shop for a little brake-work as well as some belt replacements and a […]

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Merry Christmas

on December 25th, 2007 by mark

Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you this day in the city of David is born a savior, who is Christ the Lord…

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Christmas Eve, 2007

on December 24th, 2007 by mark

Be you Pagan or Christian, Catholic or Protestant…. Merry Christmas to you all–and to all a good night! “I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!” Scrooge repeated, as he scrambled out of bed. “The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. Oh Jacob Marley! Heaven, and the Christmas Time be […]

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Christmas Dreck

on December 23rd, 2007 by mark

I have the dreck and it hit me the hardest. Rest of the family is doing quite well, thank you. I, however, suffer under the duress of a minor low grade fever, stuffy head and all the other staples of the season. The ear is painful, but I don’t think it’s infected. If it were, […]

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First Night of Vacation

on December 20th, 2007 by mark

It was a year ago that we were in Phoenix for the first part of Christmas break. I mention only because it does not feel like a year has passed. Yet, here we are a year older. Peanut’s not in kindergarten, she’s in first grade and that is amazingly hard to believe. Tonight, though, is […]

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Id

on December 18th, 2007 by mark

I know that the supposed definition of stupidity or perhaps insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Knowing this, you’d think I would, at least in some way, respond to it. But, I don’t. I’ve walked into the same traps again and again–and they’re of my own […]

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I remember Christmas

on December 16th, 2007 by mark

It starts with snow. Almost always, the fine flakes falling-and hardly ever a whisper of the cold biting wind that came off the lakeshore and dropped temperatures regularly into the 20’s and teens. Below that, sometimes. Dad still says to me, “we left the east before you were an adult. Your memories of it don’t […]

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In an Instant…

on December 14th, 2007 by mark

It just goes to show you, all is well–and then it all goes to hell, real quick. Alright….it wasn’t that bad. But it was bad enough. Tonight was Peanut’s school’s first family movie night of the year. Good times, these things. They bring in pizza from the local Round Table, and it is significantly bad. […]

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