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Random Rants

on January 31st, 2008 by mark

I don’t imagine that I would have written this 10 years ago. I might not even have written it yesterday. But, I just simply have to comment that as I am 42 years old, every time I make a decision at dinner NOT to have the french fries, my life gets a whole lot better. […]

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A bit Personal

on January 30th, 2008 by mark

No, no politics tonight. I’ve made my case–and I haven’t changed my mind. There’s that. The past few days have seen a topsy-turvy argument in my body. My neck, which has been on the mend, took what I thought was a decidedly nasty turn. Lots of pain, discomfort, stiffness and some arm symptoms, though not […]

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I declare Pt. II

on January 29th, 2008 by mark

In the beginning of this long and tired race, almost a year ago, I was a Giuliani man. I waffled here and there when Fred got in and thought that I could support him. I did support him, but I always questioned his rather lack-luster campaign. Well–that failed, though it probably shouldn’t have. He would […]

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A dream interrupted

on January 26th, 2008 by mark

My review of Cloverfield is here. Thanks for your patronage… Today was a dream interrupted, gently. The deep and rich blue sky with cooling winds and white fluffy clouds were too much. I ascended the hill with Scoop to get exercise and I found myself marveling at the wonder. A 180 degree panoramic view at […]

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Cloverfield

on January 25th, 2008 by mark

I wasn’t prepared to be moved by what is essentially a modern-day monster movie, but I was. Cloverfield is full of dark and light with a tight, simple and efficient script and a hip but timeless story. Rob and Jason are Twenty-something yuppie brothers and Rob has accepted a job in Japan. Jason throws a […]

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Many others, better than I

on January 23rd, 2008 by mark

Cold, wet night outside. Fine by me. Peanut got a little shaken up by the new emergency alert system they carry on our new Fiber Optics TV package. Essentially, the Disney Channel goes blank, a gray screen comes up and text appears, both stationary and rolling. Then those eerie, obnoxious siren blasts and, a new […]

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Wired

on January 22nd, 2008 by mark

I am one wired dude–my family is one wired family. Thanks to my pal, Jason, who put up with my surly, angry, bitter and deep bile, I now have four up and running computers in this house–two PC’s and Two Macs. Three are on wireless links and they all run to a wireless printer. It’s […]

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Newer, Better, Faster, Cheaper

on January 21st, 2008 by mark

Fios has come! Grand, glorious, tinkling and gleeming with technological wonder, the Fios man appeared at my door at noon today. He was a nice guy, though he had not a smile in him. I imagine that installing people’s Internet, television and telecommunications has its roteness to it. He certainly knew his stuff, but it […]

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Leif Richard Andersen

on January 20th, 2008 by mark

How do you measure the life of a man? When you’re 42 and have a young daughter, the focus is on making enough money to make certain that you can afford a home and the needs and the occasional want of the child. You will also, periodically, give up time that you could be spending […]

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Stimulating

on January 18th, 2008 by mark

I have to confess, listening to and reading the news has been….instructive. The way the media hypes it, you’d think we were on the verge of the Great Depression. No question that things have turned down a bit, but it’s not that bad, people. It’s just not that bad… But, hand it to the politicians, […]

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