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The Ties That Bind

on October 30th, 2008 by mark

Well…. $342.00 later, Scoop was indeed under the weather. Ear infection most certainly and, at least for the day, a sore front right let–so much so that he couldn’t walk well, stopped eating, etc. So, into the vet where they x-rayed him and found…..nothing. In fact, a little bit of soft tissue swelling, but nothing […]

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Of Dogs, School and Polls

on October 28th, 2008 by mark

Now that my back muscles have generally reeled themselves up from slacking and hanging down like saltwater taffy on my bones, Scoop’s gone and gotten ill. Don’t know for sure–though I suspect ear infection. I’ve been cleaning gunk outta his ears for a couple of days, now. It’s like an archaeological dig in there. The […]

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The Back Side

on October 26th, 2008 by mark

OK, look–allow me a moment of whining: I threw my back out again, lower back-not the neck, and Friday night was a blur of soccer practice for Peanut, cooking dinner and having some guests over. Problem was I had to do some of the cooking and I simply wasn’t prepared for the pain I had. […]

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D'Alfonso-Curran Wines

on October 23rd, 2008 by mark

I wrote a post last night and don’t remember what it was about. The site server went down before I could post and I was left with what I thought a decent post—disappearing into the ether. Alas… I get to do a small tasting room profile on D’Alfonso-Curran wine tasting room and I’m pleased about […]

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Two Weeks to Go

on October 21st, 2008 by mark

So, I’m watching Joe Biden speaking after hearing Sarah Palin. Make no mistake–she kicks his ass every which way but loose. Her entire sound-byte was about how untried Obama is–in Biden’s own words–in International Crises. What’s Biden talking about? How much George Bush’s financial policies have ruined the nation and how McCain is George Bush. […]

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All is Not as it seems

on October 20th, 2008 by mark

All bright and sunshine today, I suppose. I continue to struggle with the numbers in the journalism class at the high school. I have 19 kids enrolled and there should be 20. Thing is, people don’t really want to take the class because it is not college preparatory and our school has now made a […]

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So What?

on October 19th, 2008 by mark

Powell endorsed who? Yawn. So what? Well, the so what is the factor that he’s well thought of–as he should be. But this isn’t about a realistic endorsement. As the article quotes a source close to Powell saying…”does anyone really believe that he would have endorsed Obama if he were six or seven points behind […]

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Marcello

on October 18th, 2008 by mark

Marcello is a little room of a restaurant up in Thousand Oaks sitting in a strip mall in the shadow of the once glorious, now majestic-Thousand Oaks Mall. It was good 10 years ago–and it’s good now. We were able to hook up with our friends the Zylstras, down from their new home in Danville […]

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It Ain't Over…

on October 16th, 2008 by mark

And yet still, here I am. I have many friends with whom I work and they are liberals. Some of them are so liberal as to be as liberal as the Democratic Presidential candidate this year. They take endless pride in arguing with me and I’m an arguer, so more often than not, I have […]

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I have Zinned…

on October 14th, 2008 by mark

The election grows close and I grow worried. I do, I mean it. I think there’s a possibility that people are going to put Obama/Pelosi/Reid in charge of our flailing economy, making it flail even more. I think that with the nit-wit triumvirate (OK, Obama isn’t a nit-wit, but the other two most certainly are–their […]

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