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My Tonsillectomy, Eight Years Later August 24, 2011

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I guess I’m a little late with this update. 🙂 I referred someone on G+ to my original page, but reading it I realized that it’s more than a bit out of date. Let’s start by looking at what I said to my acquaintance. (more…)

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Growing up with DDT March 9, 2009

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My family moved around a lot while I was growing up. I was born in Mississippi and lived in Texas and Florida before I started kindergarten. It’s in kindergarten that you’re first expected to memorize your home address and phone number, and (for me at least) it’s the only address I still remember from my childhood. (more…)

Italy August 17, 2008

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There’s a pizza place that I love in North County. I used to live near it, but once I moved to South County, it was a bit too far to drive to on a regular basis. Being an independent retailer, they buy generic to-go boxes from some supplier. The boxes bear a map of Italy (or “Historic Italia”), and I’ve often daydreamed about spending a year in Italy and visiting the 26 cities, islands and volcanoes that are listed.
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Remembering the Music December 8, 2005

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Half a lifetime ago today, I drove home from a long day at the office. I had been working late to prepare for a trip to New York, and was listening to the football game on the radio as I turned into the alley behind the apartment complex where I then lived. It was then that Howard Cosell announced that John Lennon had been shot and killed outside his apartment. I parked my car and turned off the engine, but continued to sit in it for several minutes with the radio on, listening to a part of my world come to an end. (more…)

Happy birthday! September 7, 2004

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Today, I am a prime example of a perfect square. It’s been 24 years since I could last make that statement, and 72 until I can make it again.I can hardly wait.

My Tonsillectomy April 14, 2003

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It’s almost 4am, Monday morming, and the jury is still out on the success of my tonsillectomy last Wednesday. Not for the first time, I hope that I haven’t made a terrible mistake. (more…)

Enlarging our family February 9, 2003

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Lots of people know this already, but for those of you who don’t know, Mari and I are preparing to adopt two children from Russia sometime this summer. We had originally thought that we could only afford one, but it turned out we were wrong. Here’s the hard financial facts. At this time, I’m not going to get into the emotional side of the adoptions. That can wait until we finish the process. Instead, I’m going to talk about how we can afford to do someting that’s hideously expensive. (more…)

Warp funeral March 17, 2002

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I’m in the process of moving, so I spent the weekend cleaning out my basement. I paused for a moment of silence before tossing my old copy of Warp. Honest. (more…)

the Hyatt Rickey’s in Palo Alto September 12, 2001

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I suspect that only someone who, like myself, lives in a seventy-year-old house can fully appreciate the Hyatt Rickey’s in Palo Alto. (more…)