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Additions and Subtractions…

on August 31st, 2009 by mark

Reader and pal Scott “lowguy” Wolfe corrected me and it bears repeating: Oddly enough, those photos you took were of clouds. Where they are gray or black, that’s smoke. Where they are white and tall and puffy, those are pyrocumulus clouds. We had an incredible view of them from our backyard as well. They are […]

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Summer's End

on August 30th, 2009 by mark

Ah…the last Sunday morning before the start of school. Just me and my laptop and a warm cup of coffee, a fresh bagel….life is good. Mind you, Peanut started last week on Tuesday so tomorrow is week two for her. Our high school district, where I teach, for some reason started a week later this […]

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Flicking the Pebble

on August 27th, 2009 by mark

Yes, yes it’s true. I cannot go into all the vivid and juicy details, but the past few months working on the double super secret project have come to a kind of fine point….I am now a licensed wine broker in California. Don’t get too excited, it is a rather limited license…. At least to […]

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Ten for Tark

on August 25th, 2009 by mark

It’s important to note that Peanut had a GREAT first day of third grade. She loved it and did remarkably well. She is in a great class with a fine teacher, Mrs. Rush, and she is quite happy to be there with her friends. That said–I must needs to give a hat tip to Hugh […]

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Snags and Lags

on August 24th, 2009 by mark

I’ve hit a snag on the video and photo update of the blog. I’ve got to download some software and I’ve not been able to do that yet. Add to that for some reason, my Quicktime is playing beautiful audio, but no video. I’m looking into that, too. I could do it from the other […]

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Phlog and Vlog

on August 22nd, 2009 by mark

The airshow today was pretty good and Peanut and I went for a couple of hours. She is patient with her old man’s passions, but only to a point. As an only child with a tendency toward princess-hood and a bit of a manipulative streak, I was impressed at her ability to hang with it […]

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Perspective

on August 20th, 2009 by mark

The humble minivan was towed back from Santa Maria today. My friend Patrick and his service writer, Floyd, drove up the coast to get the van and bring it back. They only charged me for the dolly and the gas and to be honest, I couldn’t ask for much more than that. Floyd, who is […]

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Gack.

on August 18th, 2009 by mark

Nothing screams middle class angst more than transmission trouble. Nothing. It’s not debatable, actually. The transmission is the Holy Grail of middle class life, the Sina Qua Non and dividing line that makes you realize that the comfy life you live all hangs in precarious balance, threatened by the extraordinarily complex workings of the drive […]

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Roll With It, Baby…

on August 17th, 2009 by mark

Back from vacationing in the Bay Area. Danville and the East Bay, Vallejo and the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Napa Valley, San Francisco–we did it all and had a great time despite a lot of issues…. Our good friends whom we went to see had been having a rough go. He had kidney surgery, but […]

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Egad-is this a post?

on August 12th, 2009 by mark

There are all kinds of things to talk about: Peanut’s new trampoline, the story on honeybees that I wrote, Peanut’s first soccer practice of the season tonight, Star Wars VI is on right now, District 9 opens soon….I’m full of….stuff. But I’m also rather frazzled and unfocused which means that as posts go, you may […]

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