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Why I like James Lileks-reason #456

on June 30th, 2008 by mark

Because this post about Wall-E is as elegant as the movie itself and I am humbled, shamed and proven wrong about my analysis of the “green factor” by James’s deft comments. Read his review. Plus: No spoilers. It’s grand. He’s right about Ratatouille, too. That film was so meaningful, so tight and so utterly perfect. […]

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43

on June 29th, 2008 by mark

Today that is. Me. 43 years old. I’ll spare you the morose look back, “where did the time go?” trip down memory lane. Sue inherited Vacation Bible School leadership from me and this was her year. I’d done it in the past, a total of three years though not consecutively, and I didn’t want to […]

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Wall-E Delivers….sort of. CAUTION: SPOILERS

on June 28th, 2008 by mark

I find it hard to criticize Pixar. This is true for many reasons and on many levels. The simple fact is that Pixar/Disney create the world’s greatest family entertainment in my opinion. From amusement parks to films, I’m smitten with the whole brand. Cars, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Toy Story…–these are […]

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Parenting 101

on June 27th, 2008 by mark

Well… Peanut finished up her week-long day camp at the Painted Pony. Cool place and she mostly had a good time. Tonight, however, she was invited to a birthday party and after dropping her off, the phone rang an hour later and it was the mom informing me that she’d been knocked in the head […]

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14 Years

on June 26th, 2008 by mark

I know what you’re thinking. “Where have you been?!” Apologies, all gentles. In the past three days I have written no less than eight stories for two different publications. Eight! I’ve been swamped with deadline after deadline and just as I was about to tuck in Peanut for a long summer’s nap, my cell rings […]

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Angels, Thieves and Winemakers

on June 23rd, 2008 by mark

It was Malachy McCourt, brother to the wonderful Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis), who penned in his book, A Monk Swimming, that it was…”the British who crushed us Irish underfoot. And so, like grapes at the harvest, the fine wine of poetry was rendered from us and fermented into Yeats, Joyce and all the rest…” […]

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Unfinished Wine Business

on June 22nd, 2008 by mark

Vacation took place just about the time that I received some samples from American Roots Winery. The wineries goal is to produce quality, Napa Valley wines while donating 10 percent of all their proceeds to the search for a cure for Breast Cancer. Their website has all the details and I’ve written about them here […]

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No Links. Just Right.

on June 21st, 2008 by mark

Most have heard of our heatwave in So. Cal and even up on the Central Coast. It’s been hot. Darned hot. It hit 100 here in Camarillo which is pretty unusual, though not unheard of. The funny thing is that now you have people who’ve invested themselves into global warming theory saying that it’s “obvious” […]

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Sofie

on June 20th, 2008 by mark

I just tracked her flight status. Delta has a really cool feature that shows real-time in-flight operations. You see a map, a flightpath and then an airplane icon indicating in real-time where the plane is now. As it happens, her Delta 767-200 is about an hour and 39 minutes from Brussels Airport where she is […]

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The trip

on June 19th, 2008 by mark

Just home from this year’s San Diego trip. We did things a little different again this year, foregoing the train trip and choosing instead to pack up on Father’s day and head to Disneyland. We spent the night there at the Sheraton Anaheim, a fine hotel where we had previously been with our friends the […]

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