Monthly Archives: April 2017

Battle of the Bulge ’17

I’ve been ignoring the elephant in the virtual room lately…me. Last year, my illness really pulled off the weight to the sound of 20 pounds. The only good side effect of losing one’s appetite with occasional vomiting. The weight came … Continue reading

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Moontower Comedyfest 2017 was great!

I’d probably be late posting this even if I weren’t in Las Vegas but our sixth annual comedy festival was an enjoyable time again. This year the Paramount Theater organization renamed the el cheapo badge “Podcast” which didn’t really mean … Continue reading

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We upgraded our timeshare again

Of course I can tell a bunch of you are just shaking your heads disapprovingly and thinking, “suckers.” Not necessarily. We got a pretty good deal to modify the deed to something larger but really the point was “points” via … Continue reading

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New page covering my Running Badges

Last week I finally ran my 2500th mile at the gym. It was way past due compared to how long it took me to achieve the other milestones. To celebrate, I stole an idea from the gym’s exercise bikes. Every … Continue reading

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The Cats of Tahiti Village 2017, #1

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On Vacation!

Finally! This got put off last year for work reasons and now we’re underway! We may actually have two vacations this year to make up for the crappiness of 2016. What wonders will we encounter in Las Vegas? No idea … Continue reading

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I saved the Earth for 500 tickets!

If you’ve been to Pinballz and possibly a Dave & Busters, there’s a redemption (aka ticket) game based upon the original Space Invaders from the late Seventies. Besides being rewarded tickets, the game has a few extra twists. I usually do … Continue reading

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Drive-by Truckers

Caught this band a couple weeks ago at Stubb’s. (Yes, I know, I’m running behind with my stories/events but I’m pre-occupied with Las Vegas and other events.) Pretty good-sized crowd. As for me, I started checking out their material through … Continue reading

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2500 Miles!

I’m making badges for all my running accomplishments but today I passed the 2500-mile barrier. Overall I am behind schedule thanks to a couple weak years in which I had jelly legs and stomach issues preventing me from adding to … Continue reading

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Science prevailed over Big Jesus, Chapter ???

The State Board of Education, which has a noisy contingent of Factually-Challenged types (aka, Willfully Ignorant “Christians”), have taken a step forward on future Science books for Texas high schools. For over 30 years the creationists have demanded unnecessary skeptical … Continue reading

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Welcome Ziggy

That’s the name he goes by, he does have a real name, Baldwin. He arrived a little early, about a week, but his birthday is April 5. So I need to put down a fin on five at a nice … Continue reading

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This One Summer

Every Summer, Rose and her parents spend a few weeks at their vacation home near Awago Beach. Here Rose hangs out with her Summer friend Windy, unwinds with her parents and soaks in the natural beauty surrounding her. This trip … Continue reading

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My Stars finish in sixth this season

Last night, their 6-3 loss to nearby rival, the dead last Rampage, was a bit painful: the fights, the turnovers. It was only their second time they haven’t qualified for the playoffs which isn’t bad being 2016-7 was their eighth … Continue reading

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Logan: Worth Seeing

The finale of the Wolverine trilogy and Hugh Jackman’s last performance as the most-popular X-Man; same goes for Patrick Stewart playing Professor X. It’s also their best portrayals but I readily admit I’ve never seen the previous two films so I guess … Continue reading

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Pretty in Pink: Still holds up after 31 years

This was the movie accompanying the Andrew McCarthy book-signing. Andrew didn’t stick around after the Q&A since he says he doesn’t really watch himself. I can agree with that. I would find it unnerving. Before the movie started, he explained how … Continue reading

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John Oates

The conclusion to my Brush with Greatness, Eighties Edition, wrapped up with John Oates of the legendary duo. John was in Austin to promote his new book Change of Season, which is also the title his band’s 1990 release. Tired jokes … Continue reading

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It seems we live in the Anthropocene Period

Last week, co-host Brooke Gladstone of On the Media interviewed stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. They discussed what aliens or future humans would find if they dug up our epoch for the Holocene Era (starts around 7000 BC) is definitely over. The period I think … Continue reading

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