Category Archives: Personal

Taiwan

Staying with my dad for another moment. I was in Glendale, Ca when I was born, he was in Taiwan serving as one of those unofficial military advisors that go to countries around the world. While at his house this past week I discovered a document that documented his time in Taiwan.  I learned a few …

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Dealing with dementia

I hadn’t made the trip to Ferndale to see my dad for a few months. I had been able to catch him in Arizona while he was visiting his brother the last two times thus saving me from the 1300 mile round trip but it was time to make the drive once again that I …

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The frugal fan

Just how inexpensive can you make a trip to Dodger stadium and still sit in premium seats? I intended to find out today. Using SeatGeek I was looking for one ticket in the Field Box and was willing to pay around $15 – 20 knowing full well that no matter where the seat was, that a …

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111111 on the 1

It was time for a mini-adventure. I had a dinner date with my nephew who was in town for an aerospace convention down in El Segundo so I figured it was the perfect time to drive the ole 1992 Miata but I had one big problem.  I hadn’t driven it for months so the battery …

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Vin Scully and the General

This past Saturday Night we ventured out to the Cal State Northridge Valley Performing Arts Center to catch Buster Keaton’s groundbreaking silent film “The General” with the New West orchestra conducted by Richard Kaufman providing the soundtrack. It was a crime that we had never been and I have to admit my surprise at how …

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Captain Kirk blew my mind with Has Been

William Shatner turned 86 today and it seemed like the perfect time to write about his mind blowing album called Has Been. It was 2004 and I was perusing The Toaster and they started talking about music. Someone I respected suggested that they listen to the new album by Shatner called Has Been. I remember …

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Petty grievances

I once heard/read that only petty people have petty grievances. Petty be me I find it amusing the things that somewhat intelligent people get their knickers in a twist about until I remember how twisted my knickers are. I almost never forgave Sandy Koufax when I was seven when my brother told me Koufax loved …

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Time waits for no man

I wrote this almost eight years ago and as I was re-reading it, most of it still applies today. The new baseball season is about to start with spring training games less than a week away. Since I wrote this one of my three best friends died of cancer, my mother of old age, my …

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Chris Thile and the new PHC show

Garrison Keillor gave up the Praire Home Companion show and now ponders giving up Christianity. So I’ve been shopping around for a new religion to see me through the next four years. Too many of my fellow Christians voted for selfishness and for degradation of the beautiful world God created. I guess they figured that …

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Education Education

Nice to read that my old working class college California State University Los Angeles is still doing good things for the middle and lower classes. The California State college systems were the only colleges that I’d been able to afford or even get into for me.  Full-time employment while hitting college these working colleges are …

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