The Hamadas

“Did you sleep well, dear?” i asked the Muse as she fluttered down with my morning inspiration.   I tuned in to the Hamadas in 1994 when the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market was new and Yukio and Yonki were bringing their cherries and nectarines.  I found them delightful.  No no, Yukio and Yonki were delightful, […]

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Eclipse Idiocy

“Put a little piece of tape over the hole in your soul that keeps you physiologically dependent on refreshing your social-media accounts every four minutes.”  Vernon Chapman   Oh good grief.  Sometimes i see a news account so egregiously stupid that i cannot stifle my outrage.  Such is the case with this breathtakingly alarmist coverage […]

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Brain Health Registry

Give the reds what they want:  strip mine Utah.   Umm, yes, my fading brain is a source of worry since my greatest fear is that my brain will die before my body does like my mother’s and three of her sisters’.  In that, i’m like everyone else my age because by now we’ve all […]

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IG Hochhaus

I am shocked that President Trump did not overrule his Secret Service when it banned the bearing of arms in the NRA convention hall where he denounced Obama’s War on Guns.   In the 1960’s Frankfurters called the IG Farben Building the “IG Hochhaus”, and i knew all about it because i had an office there.  What […]

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They’re Back

I wrote last spring about my delight in watching a couple of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) build a nest and raise a family on the eaves of my patio.  Well, they’re back. And when i say “they” i don’t mean just any barn swallow couple but rather the couple who were here last spring.  So […]

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A Bridge Too Far

There was a front-page article in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle celebrating the beginning of construction of a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Alas, the vociferous anti-suiciders finally managed to push the pusillanimous bridge directors into approving a barrier, so now the clean lines of the bridge will be sullied by posts and nets […]

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Goals

Evidence that global warming is a Chinese hoax:  They make all our thermometers.   In my youth i had goals.  No no, not to Make Something of Myself, since i was realistic enough to abstain from aspirations of any real success.  Even so, i never attained any goal i’d set, and it was pure accident […]

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Renko Festival

I read Polar Star in 1992 on Jon Carroll’s recommendation and was just blown away by the combination of thrilling plot and fine writing.  No spoiler here, but when i read the last six words, i sat there marveling, feeling that the purpose of the whole damn book was to set up those six words. So […]

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Another NASA Outrage

While practicing my quick draw, i shot this website in the foot, and it was down for several days. Won’t do that again, at least until it heals.   Yeah, yeah, they put a man on the moon, but that was decades ago, and since then it’s been one outrage after another from NASA, most […]

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How Green It Is

DeVos would replace our public schools with Christian madrasas.   Our wonderful winter rains sure have greened up the state, so to check it out i jumped in the Prius and drove in a loop through the country east of town.  Beautiful scenery, but what i hadn’t considered is that there’s no shoulder at all […]

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