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I’ve got the Giants/Dodgers game on TV. But it’s not our usual local television announcers (Jon Miller and Dave Fleming), it’s some national guys, Kenny Albert and ex-Dodger Eric Karros, whom I don’t care for. So I’ve got the local radio team on KNBR (Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, with Jon Miller visiting!) with the sound turned down on the TV.

I’m amazed at how un-synchronized they are. The radio is about two pitches ahead of the TV! Which could be dis-orienting, but actually it’s okay, because:

I’ve got my computer on, too. Can’t you tell? I’m writing to you, after all. So I can bang away here at my keyboard, listen to the radio and, when something good happens, glance up and have plenty of time to see it on TV.

And hey, presto — there it is! Pat Burrell just hit a two-run home run to put the Giants ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th.  I love all my media!

I’m going to have to hit publish and go use another appliance, the microwave, to warm my tea before the ninth inning begins.

Here I go!

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A very long time ago, so long ago we listened to music on vinyl and people still used typewriters, I had a very good writing instructor at City College of San Francisco. He was a published writer, and was very good about the nuts and bolts of writing: grammatical, thematic, plot development, all of it. He also didn’t hesitate to critique what he felt didn’t work, which didn’t endear him to some of the more sensitive students. (more…)

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I can’t believe it. I took some time off to run some errands, including getting our old Corolla serviced. Have you ever had a medical symptom and gone to the doctor and when you got to his office the symptom went away? That’s my old Corolla.

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Man, this summer is sliding by fast. The solstice is almost a month back in the rearview mirror. Here in Alameda we had our Fourth of July parade again, nothing fancy but fun for all. (One year a friend came and was disappointed there were no tissue paper floats — nope, we’re not giving the Tournament of Roses a run for its money.)

A number of friends joined us this year, and one of them took a few pictures, which I’m only now kyping for the blog. (Thanks, Brtan.)

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This spring, one of my local PBS stations has begun carrying the Japanese news:  NHK “Newsline.” I rather like it.

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 A month ago if you’d asked me what a heritage rose was, I’d have had to guess.

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