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Pismo Beach

on August 31st, 2008 by mark

Spent the day up in Pismo Beach Saturday with the family culminated by an underwhelming dinner at Jocko’s. Great steaks, but a cranky, hungry, tired child who didn’t like what she ordered sort of slowed the evening. We walked on the beach at Pismo and we looked around at houses with the purpose of thinking […]

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Slow Joe versus Sweet Sarah, eh?

on August 29th, 2008 by mark

Yes, it’s the first week of school down. Yes, all went well. Yes, Peanut is doing well at school. All of that is good. But this is bloody brilliant. Best news in a long time. absoultely farging brilliant! McCain sealed his maverick reputation. He picked Sarah Palin, about whom I’ve blogged previously and some time […]

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Updating the Rant

on August 28th, 2008 by mark

Thptpthpthpthtppththpp…..Etc. Air out of tires and all that. Apologies for the lack of updates since the venerable tequila post. I simply ran out of time in the day. No kidding. First week back to school for both me and Peanut, working very hard to meet today’s deadlines for the project that must not be named […]

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Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila

on August 26th, 2008 by mark

As a sommelier, I confess that my experience and expertise are in wine–not much in spirits. However, there are spirits I do truly enjoy and I’ve written about Ventura Limoncello, one of the greatest local products I’ve ever tasted. I was given the opportunity to taste Maestro Dobel Diamond Tequila this evening and as my […]

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Summer's End

on August 24th, 2008 by mark

Well, it has all come to this. It has indeed been the greatest summer ever for Sue, Peanut and me and officially, it ends tomorrow. Peanut still has a couple of days of vacation, but I report in tomorrow and so the summer is over. Over. That sounds so final, doesn’t it? There’s always next […]

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The Veepstakes

on August 23rd, 2008 by mark

Caution: Decidedly genuine political thought ahead. It may offend you because it chooses a side right of center and it is generally right, that is correct, thinking. If you’ve no stomach for my political views (and again, who could blame you?), read no further: He picked Joe Biden? Allow me to point out here that […]

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Words, words, words

on August 22nd, 2008 by mark

I make myself a promise that I’ll try to write a thousand words a day in some form or another. There are days when that doesn’t happen, but truthfully not many of them. Today, however, I exceeded my goal by 200 percent or more and this just adds on to that. Got a breaking story […]

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Under the Weather

on August 21st, 2008 by mark

Whoa! How did that happen? I was minding my own business, writing a post, reading a little, boning up on some research I’m doing for the as yet unnamed project and got tired. I went to bed expecting to lull off to a long and good sleep. It was anything but…. I awoke an hour […]

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Irons and Fires

on August 20th, 2008 by mark

We got home late last evening from Carpenteria State Beach near Santa Barbara. It’s about a half hour’s drive from here. Our friends the Davis family are camping there while their kitchen is remodeled and they had a beach-front spot. We went up and had dinner at Senor Frog’s downtown. A good time–summer winding down, […]

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A Summer worth Remembering

on August 18th, 2008 by mark

Took a little downtime from the post-vacation unpacking, laundry, etc. I’ve got no reason to be, but I’m absolutely exhausted. Point of fact is probably that my body is catching up on all the sleep it didn’t really get. You never really sleep well in a hotel–well, not never–but when you’re with a child and […]

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