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It’s time. I’ve saved for years. I bought five extra years’ service with the state, bolstering my pension. I don’t have to work in the court system any more. The judicial process is painstaking, and as a citizen I appreciate the serious efforts of the courts to apply the law, to resolve conflicts, to get things right — at the same time, I don’t have to take those pains myself any more.

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I just sent this email to my coworker, who wants to go get coffee this morning: (more…)

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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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