Monthly Archives: July 2009

Lies, Omissions and a Dash of Coloring

Not long ago, I sat at a suburban Bunco table and listened to a woman tell a story that she’d told a couple of times before, earlier in the evening, but this last time something was different.  In fact, a lot of things were different.  By the story’s end I realized that this was a completely new version, which bore little resemblance to the tale she’d told earlier in the evening to a different group of women and I wondered which […]

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At least, that’s what I think you said.

Dropping items off at the Santa Clarita Laundry Center yesterday turned out to be an ear-opening experience.   “Okay, that’s two queen comforters to be washed.  I’ll just enter this into the computer.  What is your last name?”   “K-A-T-Z.”   “K-A-T-C?”   “Z.”   “C?”   “No.  K-A-T-Zeeeee.”   “E?”   Sigh.  Clearly, one of us was having issues.  For a moment, I thought it was because I was not speaking slowly and clearly enough.  Then, I thought either […]

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Hell hath no fury like a woman in the desert

It’s hot.  The cheerful blinking display on the bank building in the center of my town calmly let everyone who drove by today know that temperatures reached 109 degrees.  Stinkin’ little LED is red for a reason.  With the pavement all undulating, heat-wavy in front of me, all I could hear in my head is the Wicked Witch of the West crying about how she’s melting.  Well, of course she is – she lives in the west.  People never really specified to […]

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Messy ol’ men and their driving machines

How is it that a man can wear the same nasty-ratty-spotted t-shirt or jeans for days on end without being troubled, but the minute he sees a energy bar wrapper on the floorboard of a car or a spot on the interior windshield he winces in pain at the sight of it?  How does that same man, who normally utters monosyllabic grunts in your general direction about most things, suddenly becomes the nutty professor of a lecture series on clean driving […]

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Kids ingest the darndest things.

This weekend our family is in Watch & Wait mode, as we try to determine the course of action for my autistic son who swallowed a 3.5 cm / 1.5 oz. hematite stone shaped like a heart.  This is not our first time in a state of suspended medical animation with Jordan.  On January 10th this year he woke up and announced that he was sorry that he ate “all the candy”.  All the candy turned out to actually be […]

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Goodbye, God. I’m going to Bodie.

Bodie is a California State Historic Park, a Ghost Town that once housed approximately 8,500 people and more than 2,000 buildings by 1879.  Bodie was a pretty wild place back-in-the-day with its gutsy, lusty, gold and silver crazed men and the women who loved them (and their gold and silver).  The entire town had a reputation of non-stop gunfights, robberies and the “workin’ wimmin” of Maiden Lane.  Bodie was a town so lawless that one Reverend F.M. Warrington described it […]

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If 10 is so perfect, why do we even have an 11?

Can anybody tell me what exactly, if anything, is perfect?  When you stop to look around at all you see in the world, how many things truly qualify as perfect?    I understand and respect the notion of striving for perfection, especially when it comes to mastering a difficult piece of music, striking the center of a target in archery/artillery/pub darts, etc. or hitting the light just right for that once-in-a-lifetime photo … and on and on.  Perfection is a noble […]

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