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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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Brewmaster Makes Good

Hey! I got a nice follow-up on my letter to Brewmaster.  (more…)

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Brouhaha with Brewmaster Manager

On Wednesday I had a manager at Brewmaster, where I buy my beer supplies, tell me it’s my fault the pale malt I bought at his store wasn’t milled properly. I was supposed to rip open the packaging at the store and check it before I left.

 Really? (more…)

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 We are under attack. We’ve repelled the rodents that moved into our house, but new assailants are trying a subterranean approach. Gophers, I believe, probably pocket gophers.  (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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This spring, one of my local PBS stations has begun carrying the Japanese news:  NHK “Newsline.” I rather like it.

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 Hurray for Lance Baxter! I was never a big fan of a gecko with a cockney accent selling insurance (wtf?), but my mother-in-law laughs whenever she sees it, so I figure the lizard had his own demographic.  (more…)

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 “Beware the Ides of March …   (more…)

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 After my downstairs PC was fully “healed,” I took time this weekend to download Avira on to our living room laptop, upstairs. Everything downloaded from CNet just fine, and I ran the anti-virus program on the laptop. (more…)

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Growing up in a small city of fifty to sixty thousand, I wasn’t really prepared for urban commuting. I’m guessing my folks drove for about ten, fifteen minutes to get to their jobs. My junior high was close by, so I commuted with them. My high school was so close, I could walk.

Dealing with the dysfunction of dozens of different transit districts grappling with each other like sumo wrestlers it wasn’t. (more…)

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