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Archive for March, 2007

Why don’t they re-name the Discovery channel the Motorcycle Channel? Or the Chop Shop Channel or the Gearhead Channel?

That way it might be appropriately named for all the crafty mechanics who customize motorized assemblies of metal, rubber and plastic into assorted odd shapes, like the balloon guy at kids’ birthday parties. (more…)

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Here are the brackets I have for the NL for this year’s baseball pool. I find the National League more difficult to handicap than the AL, and it isn’t only because they throw two more teams into the mix. Too many teams in the NL have a mix of mediocre to good talent, so it’s hard to place them. A few middling infielders and outfielders have career years and they can be hitting with the best. Otherwise, they remain mired at or below .500. What to do with that? (more…)

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The view across the bay was misty one recent morning, as I walked the dogs along the shore. So gray that the skyline of San Francisco, off in the distant northwest from us, beyond the Hornet museum, was obscured. The ridge of the peninsula range dipped down and was swallowed by mist — we could have been looking out at the Pacific. As we walked the sun slowly burned the low clouds off, until the tallest of the skyscrapers caught shimmers of reflected sunrise, then a few more reddening reflections as the sun rose and the buildings gradually emerged, as if the amorphous gray of the mist was condensing and rising in rigid Bauhaus shape, with distant windows bright with molten color. (more…)

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Here’s the thing about the news in papers: to be newsworthy all too often means something has gone wrong. Not always, of course. But natural disasters, man-made disasters, crime and villainy all too often make the front page (“if it burns or bleeds it leads”), and you so rarely see headlines reading:
“Analysts Are Unanimous — Economy Couldn’t Be Healthier”
“Weather Nice Everywhere! Slight Pre-dawn Rain Good for Gardens”
“Rice Apologizes at UN — GOP Admits Unilateral Militarism Was Self-Defeating”
“Perfect Commute Yesterday — Even Baby Turtles, Frogs and Crabs Crossed Roads Safely”
“Peace Breaks out Everywhere”
“Hell Freezes Over: In Same Year, Clippers, Cubs & Vikings are Champs!”
“Everything Going Well!”
“Hell Thaws Out — Blackhawks win, too!”

Which is what makes the sports page so nice. (more…)

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Welcome to the world!

I’m an uncle again. I now have four nieces. Darling little Nina Ann was born to my immensely proud brother and his equally proud and far lovelier wife last Wednesday evening. Sweet little Nina, who is the apple of everyone’s eye (except perhaps her sister) was 6 pounds 9 ounces, and 20 inches long at birth.

I held her in my arms for quite a while on Sunday, but she would not open her eyes. She did some of the other things newborns do, as her little body adjusts to being out here in the world (especially hiccup), but looking around was not one of them. (more…)

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I had jury duty yesterday. We live a couple miles from the court building in Oakland, where I served on a jury a few years ago. So was I sent there?
Nooo.
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I participate in a baseball pool. We play for “pride units.” The point is to pick how good (or bad) all of the teams in major league baseball will be — two lists for each league. It’s very simple on it’s face — the devil is in detailing in March how a team will perform over the six month season.

Every so often my shrewd judgment is rewarded and I do well in the pool. When that doesn’t happen, of course it’s bad luck or the players’ and managers’ fault. (more…)

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