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Which Way To Go?

on September 29th, 2008 by mark

Watching from the sidelines this meltdown, this monument to bureaucracy, this wolf in sheep’s clothing and, perhaps vice-versa, is disheartening. I don’t know whether I’m for or against what is referred to as “the bailout.” I’m convinced most people don’t know either. It’s a short term fix for a long term problem, that’s true. But, […]

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Hamlet

on September 26th, 2008 by mark

History will record this as a time of fat, lazy and slothful fecklessness in the U.S. She will not remember fondly the eve before the great financial collapse that sent the world into a nose-dive and its economies spiraling out of control. She will look upon names like Bush, McCain, Kerry and Obama as names […]

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Bail Out Bandying

on September 25th, 2008 by mark

I’m simply hooked on the bailout plan. I don’t know what else is worth watching right now because it seems time is standing still until some kind of decision is made. I’ll be honest, I’ve listened to and read both sides. I’m absolutely no expert, and really I’m a neophyte when it comes to such […]

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Events being what they are…

on September 24th, 2008 by mark

Yes, indeed the Decanter piece was scrubbed. Lots of estimates from lots of important people, but no one really has direct facts on how much money online wine sales represents right now. What I need for the piece is cold hard facts. If you happen to have any, I’d appreciate a note, please contact me […]

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Whew

on September 23rd, 2008 by mark

Here it is Tuesday night and I’ve not posted since Saturday. Why, may one ask? Yes, one may. Well, I’m blessed. I’m honored. I’m….busy. I’ve been inundated with writing work and every day, I open the e-mail to find a new assignment. It’s the best doggone thing in the world. No, it won’t replace the […]

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Out here

on September 20th, 2008 by mark

The sunshine today was relentless as the warmth of the afternoon grew into a breezy, friendly and comfortable day. There was heat from the sun, but a persistent cool breeze poured in from the coast while wisps of clouds flew by. By now, it’s not uncommon for us to have Santa Ana winds and heat […]

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Happy Friday!

on September 19th, 2008 by mark

I awoke not too long ago here on the couch, sprawled out in a relatively uncomfortable position for my sore neck. I got myself squared away nicely, straightened out my spinal cord and went back to sleep while Peanut watched a little later-than-usual Disney channel. It’s Friday after all. She’s growing older, adapting to second […]

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Two Jobs-no waiting

on September 18th, 2008 by mark

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and I wish I had a great reason why. I have been very busy–the other night, cranking out over 2500 words on a couple of articles. But I still should have tried to make time. I’ve essentially been working two full-time jobs and I’m bodily tired with a hint […]

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Not so much a let down

on September 15th, 2008 by mark

I got the bad news today and it didn’t hit me as hard as I thought that it would. The project that must not be named is no more. I failed to pass the second section with a degree of alacrity that they would have liked. So, what was it? I was seeking to become […]

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Brian Wilson

on September 14th, 2008 by mark

It’s been a few days. I’ve been blessedly swamped with a lot of work and had to get some of it done. I’m not out of the woods yet, though. I still have some marketing copy to write tonight and another article tomorrow. Once again, no complaining–just pointing it out. If Shakespeare is in the […]

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