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Keeping it short…but real.

on July 31st, 2008 by mark

Migraine set in, probably yesterday. I’ve dodged it off and on but it’s back with a vengeance right now, so I’ll keep this short and go pop the magic migraine-go-away pill. I gave a talk today at the Ventura County Fair. The topic was “Wine Magazines: Who needs ’em, who reads ’em?” It started off […]

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Some Days, you get the bear…

on July 29th, 2008 by mark

I hope I never have to finish that title. Today was one of those days I could write about forever. It’s a lot and I’m a happy guy. The first and most important news was that Sue had several biopsies performed two weeks ago. She has suffered through malignant melanoma twice and we are quite […]

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The gospel of the Day.

on July 28th, 2008 by mark

Aside from lunch with the boy, it was a normal day. And that’s grand as it could be. The boy isn’t a boy at all, of course. Smart as a whip that one. We’re figuring out how to conquer the world together. Rather, he is–and I’m just along for the ride, lend a little mature […]

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In Praise of Carbon Fuels

on July 27th, 2008 by mark

The power was out for 24 hours. It began Saturday morning at 6:30 when the ceiling fan, which was set to a cool and comfortable “high” suddenly stopped. The general hum of things went away–fridge, freezer in the garage, water-softener, ceiling fans, all of them stopped. This happens from time to time here. For some […]

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Mid-life Crisis…year 5.

on July 25th, 2008 by mark

So, I started early….so what? I’m in the midst of trying to figure out whether or not I should go over to Oxnard College and enroll myself in the hospitality and food management program. The director of the dept. is a really nice guy and he told me once, by phone, that he can train […]

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Can't help myself

on July 24th, 2008 by mark

Yes, I know–we all get tired of it, but after all–it is a political season. More on Gore- The man is a lunatic and that is, if not literally documented, then certainly the refutations of his preposterous cries of global warming, amount to at least admitting as much. This latest little ditty from National Review […]

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Cheap Video Post

on July 23rd, 2008 by mark

Ah, Midsummer. I’ve had enough freelance work to keep me plenty busy and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. It’s an honest to goodness blast and the days are diverse, interesting and full of activity….until now. Well, it’s not so bad. There’s a small slow-down at the paper, but I should be thankful–even during the slowdown, […]

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The Dark Knight

on July 22nd, 2008 by mark

“Because Gotham gets the hero it deserves, but doesn’t need…” So says Commissioner Gordon about Harvey Dent, and inferentially about The Dark Knight himself. Certainly the best film of the summer, the latest installment of Batman is downright important film-making, downright wonderfully directed, acted and scored and downright fun. I’m hard pressed to find flaws […]

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Earth to Gore: Cool it.

on July 21st, 2008 by mark

Whenever I run across great articles like this one, I have to bally-hoo them (h/t RCP) For the 100th time (hyperbole there, you know), I absolutely question all the basic assumptions of the left on the issue of global warming. I don’t just say “they may be wrong…” From a very basic and clear understanding […]

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Restoring Sanity

on July 19th, 2008 by mark

Last night’s post demands tonight’s post. We have begun Operation Restore Sanity in our home and it has been difficult, but even today–we are seeing dividends. Peanut has responded to our new regime favorably overall. The plan is a two week long affair that involves changes from the way Peanut goes to bed to the […]

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