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If being in the frying pan is bad, but jumping into the fire is worse, what would the opposite analogy be?  (more…)

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<Drafted Nov. 9, ’11.>  Combining homebrewing with a packrat mentality can be a study in cross-purposes. Beer does not have the shelf-life of wine. While I think vintners have shown great marketing genius in the valuation of their product (given the public’s perception of aged wine), fermented grape juice generally adds value far better than beer does. As far as playing to a packrat’s strength, oenophiles have a clear advantage.

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Amidst all of the chaos in the street riots in London, there’s something I really appreciate.  (more…)

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Catalytic phone call

The phone rang at 3 a.m.  Again.

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Tsunami telephone

The phone rang at 3 a.m.

My instinct is not to answer, which is ultimately pointless, as I’ll just lay awake until I get up in annoyance to go check the machine and see who the hell it was. (more…)

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Indecent Exposure

 It was the early 90s and I was a victim of the economic downturn. The partnership that had employed me went through three rounds of layoffs and I got the heave-ho in the second, which in retrospect was among the greatest annoyances.

It’s bad enough to get picked for jury duty while still getting paid. I was on jury duty while on unemployment. Further, a couple weeks earlier I had been mugged. Mid-afternoon, what I thought was a jogger approaching from behind, a stiletto in the back of my left thigh and shoved headfirst into a car hard enough to scrape paint from the car onto a lens of my glasses. I blacked out, and came to as my back pocket was being shredded for the $40 – 45 in my wallet.  (more…)

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Criminal Jury Duty

 No, I don’t mean the duty is a crime (although if I had a gavel I’d lay down the law about getting chosen four times, believe you me) I’m referring to my second and third stints as a juror, once for attempted murder and the other time for indecent exposure. Yes, that’s right, indecent exposure(more…)

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Jury Duty

 For the fourth time! Can you freaking believe it?

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Our Anniversary

 Mrs. O and I went out earlier this month to the restaurant we visited on our first date, ten years ago.

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One of the unexpected pleasures of this trip to Minnesota was connecting with people I hadn’t seen for years. While that connecting was a catalyst for the trip, it also involved a friend I’ll never see again. (more…)

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