Category Archives: family

It’s Never JUST the Dishwasher

A friend brought a pressure washer over to my house to eradicate the moss and mold from the brick patio in my rented backyard. No good deed goes unpunished is my de facto motto, and we soon discovered that not … Continue reading

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Soledad

Soledad, the Solitude of the BVM on Holy Saturday in Spanish tradition. Lyle spent the last six weeks with me in Monterey. It’s Freezing! was the top comment of his visit, and we engaged daily in the ages-old battle of the … Continue reading

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Toes in the Water

Yesterday I walked my bare feet into the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life. It took me 336 days of living in California to do it. I’m not sure why it took me so long. Because beaches … Continue reading

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Packages for Poseidon

Incongruous, e.g., There was a FedEx truck parked at Asilomar Beach yesterday. Lyle and I wondered what kind of dinglehopper Ariel might have ordered for Poseidon. And then there’s this guy, an apparent expert at social distancing: Something about this bicycle … Continue reading

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Shelter at Home

Day t-1. I broke my wine opener. The corkscrew got stuck and snapped off. Not an auspicious beginning to my quarantine party. Monterey County has issued a “shelter in place” order. I’m fortunate to be able to work from home, … Continue reading

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Swimming Lessons

#1 – A second is a long damn time. 2 seconds might as well be forever. #2 – The 400 IM is marginally worse than the 200 Fly in short course and exponentially worse in long course. #3 – It’s … Continue reading

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Random Shuffle

There are nearly 2 weeks worth of songs on my iTunes. When I start my car, Bluetooth magically starts a random shuffle of all songs. Some mornings I’m treated to Bing Crosby‘s White Christmas, PitBull’s Fireball Gordon Lightfoot’s Sundown, Prince’s … Continue reading

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Gift of the Magi

I’ve traded boudin for Big Sur. There are pros and cons to every decision, and if it seems to be too good to be true– it probably is. I love living in California. Every day is suffused with spectacular beauty … Continue reading

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Continental Divide

To make a long blog short, I’d have never done this crazy cross-country move in a covered wagon hitched to a pair of mules, especially with kids in tow. (Although I suspect that a couple hundred years ago the roads … Continue reading

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Whole Lot of Nothing Going On

That’s the exact status of my mens’ college basketball bracket. I’m mucking up the bottom with my Duke, Gonzaga, and LSU final picks. It’s estimated that the loss of productivity during March Madness is $6.3 billion a year (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/06/march-madness-takes-a-toll-on-productivity.html). Who … Continue reading

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