2010 in the Rearview

It's been a while since I've posted anything at all on this blog. I blame Facebook; too easy to snap a photo with my phone and upload it, too easy to link to funny or interesting things on the interwebs via FB or Twitter. But something has been lost in…

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Thank You, Contributors!

Thanks to all who contributed to my fundraising efforts for the 2010 Cause for Paws, benefiting the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. About 500 people (plus dogs!) participated in either the run or the walk, and together we raised $50K to help the shelter help animals and their owners alike.…

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Six Years Gone, and Good Riddance

Six years ago this past week, my dad died. I think I'm finally coming to terms with it all, coming to terms with the fact that he was no father to me, that he literally left my sister & me to fend for ourselves almost twenty years prior to his…

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James

James was a little boy. Nine years old. We say "old", as in "nine years old", but nine years on earth is not a long time and does not make you old. Certainly not old enough to die. One of my former co-workers had a son. His name was James.…

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BIFF, again

Wow. So, once again, Brenda & I spent part of a February weekend checking out various films at the Boulder International Film Festival, and once again, we were not disappointed. This year, we had a nice manageable program: a movie a day, Friday through Sunday. Two were at the Boulder…

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Real Life Has Begun

Flying home I pulled up some Colin Hay on the iPhone. What am I, an idiot? I was just asking for trouble. I stared at Kansas through weepy eyes; the upshot is that I ended up finding Lena's song. Listen to it here. Lyrics below: WAITING FOR MY REAL LIFE…

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Jeff Bosie - Photographer

To merely call my old college buddy a photographer is to understate things a bit. Jeff Bosie, the aforementioned buddy, is a real photographic artist. I had just been bragging about Jeff's ability to a co-worker just last week, and oddly enough yesterday Jeff sent out a mass email yesterday…

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RIP, Brent Graber

Brent Graber was a guy I casually knew, a co-owner of a fun little dog named Delaney. Brent and his brother were regulars at the ballfield near my house where Hooper & I spend many an evening. Last month, while Hooper was recuperating from his knee injury, Brent got hit…

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Hooper, the Patron Saint of Kids Afraid of Dogs

Brenda, Hooper & I all piled into the car today for a drive to Denver, to attend a birthday party for some friends of ours. Partners Greg & Ted share birthdays a day apart. Greg aged a year today, and Ted did the same yesterday. And so a joint birthday…

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Eighteen

Eighteen years ago last night, Brenda & I kissed for the first time. For nine years and change after that, July 28 was our "anniversary", until I finally got my shit together and married Brenda. Nowadays, May 7th is our anniversary, and we've celebrated eight of those, but July 28…

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News: Heartless Bitches can Raise Children and Pets (or, why I want to be a vet)

This shit makes me crazy. The local paper ran an article today about the booming pet care business, especially in dog-crazy Boulder. Here in Boulder, there is a "law" that encourages Boulder pet owners to refer to themselves as their pet's "guardians", not "owners". You know how I feel about…

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File Under: "Small World"

This is crazy. An old college friend found me on Facebook and added me as a friend. When I got the notice, I of course checked out his Facebook page, which lists all of our mutual friends. The usual suspects were there, roommates and friends from college, but so was…

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East Coast Trip

Brenda & I went to the east coast this past Thursday, our makeup trip for our postponed christmas Visit. Our christmas Visit was postponed due to weather. Perhaps in honor of that fact, we encountered more goddamned weather. Booked on a noon flight Thursday, our flight pulled back from the…

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R.I.P., Molly Ivins

Well, shit. Molly Ivins, my favorite Texan, has died. Losing her third battle with breast cancer, one of our greatest bastions of clear thinking and best practitioners of humorous-while-pissed-off writing is no longer around to comment on the bullshit that politicians do. I still remember reading one of Molly's editorials…

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Merry Christmas

Well, if this ain't the most non-standard Christmas I've ever experienced, I don't know what is. After the Blizzard of the Universe rolled into town Wednesday, dumping nearly three feet of snow in Boulder and Denver, our office closed on Thursday -- my first-ever adult snow day! But the nagging…

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An Old Friend Comes to Visit

Today, I got something I've been wanting ever since I left a dear old friend behind in New Jersey 18 months ago. Actually, I've wanted this thing ever since I acquired "niner three foxtrot", my old beloved airplane. I wanted an air-to-air shot of the old bird, and today I…

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Pike's Peak Marathon

Listen up; I wanna tell ya about my friend from work. His name's Galen, and he just finished second in the Pike's Peak Marathon, and I'm really kinda flyin' high on his accomplishment. Yeah that's right, Pike's Peak Marathon. A full marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, only you…

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Afraid of Trout? Bring me Along!

And I'll scare them all away for you. This weekend Brenda & I drove to Avon (a few miles west of Vail, CO) to meet my Cousin and Uncle for some fly fishing on Gore Creek and the Eagle River. I stunk up the joint. To say my Uncle is…

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Mount Audubon

The Long's Peak preparations continue, and this weekend it was Mount Audubon (our first thirteener!). Once again, the views were amazing and the hike was a huff-and-puff extravaganza as we neared the summit. As usual, the summit revealed views that made it all worthwhile, and something about the effort and…

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Vegas

Vegas baby, Vegas. Been there, done that. My 38 year-long streak of never having visited Las Vegas has come to an end, as I just got back from spending three days in that pit of depravity. Lightfair, the architectural lighting community's annual trade show and convention, alternates between New York…

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Santa Fe

Well, this past weekend was a bittersweet reunion with the Land of Enchantment -- Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's where I fell in love with the mountains of the southwestern United States, and, in the summer of 1990, working as an electrician for the Santa Fe Opera, it's where I…

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Happy.

Six years of marriage today, and closing in on sixteen years of being together! Happy Anniversary to us. May your marriage bring you all of the exquisite excitement a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance and understanding. May you always need one another, not so…

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Emma's a Star

Our beloved cat Emma has had a bout with celebrity of late, appearing in the latest issue of Delicious Living Magazine. Emma was one of two test subjects for an organic pet treats article for the mag. My buddy Lauren occasionaly freelances for this magazine, and while their dog Begbie…

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Paul Rusesabagina Speaks in Boulder

This evening Brenda & I went to hear Paul Rusesabagina speak at the University of Colorado's Macky Auditorium. Mr. Rusesabagina was the hotel manager at the Hotel de Mille Colines in Rwanda, a country that tomorrow will mark the twelve year anniversary of the beginning of the horrific genocide that…

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Surprise!

So, Thursday morning Brenda says: "what are you doing for lunch today, I've been working from home all week and I need to get outta the house. Let's have lunch today." "Sure, let's do that", I say, cluelessly. And so there we were, standing in line with a bunch of…

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In Praise of Cold Cuts

Our dear friend Patty from New Jersey came to visit us this past weekend, direct from Hoboken, NJ, birthplace of Frank Sinatra and baseball, and the place Brenda & I called home for eight years or so. Patty brought a gift, one that took thought and compassion for our current…

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Silence

A moment of silence please, for Bil. It's a year today.…

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Turkey Day Weekend

Well, my first major holiday since moving 2,000 miles away from where I spent my last thirty seven has come and gone. Lots of emotions, many visits, and a few observations later, I am on a plane headed back to Denver International, amidst a thrumming chorus of shrieking infants.…

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Light

Today, I emerged from my morning shower to find Emma perfectly centered in this direct sun patch on my bedroom floor. Luckily I had my camera on me, so I could get the shot: The old gal sure hasn't forgotten how to find her light, has she? She kinda has…

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project

My new project. More later. (I know, I know, I suck. Lame posting frequency, to be sure. But fear not, I do have things to talk about. I'm building a singlespeed bike (and my knees are already groaning about it). Brenda has once again left for NJ (I submit, as…

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Mountainworks

Well, my posting frequency is still pretty lame, and I apologize. Let's see, singlespeed bikes are my new focus, and I'm in parts aquisition mode. I also made a big mistake buying a mountain bike online, since I have no idea what size I really am (I never ride the…

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Long Overdue Update

Hi. It's been a while. Rest assured, I am alive and well. But my lack of presence online and an untimely email outage actually led my friend John to think I actually was dead. I'm not. I'm alive. And busy. My last post was about my trip to the Oshkosh…

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Couldn't Have Said it Better

When the time came to fly 93F one last time, I asked my friend John to come along. I wanted to tell him how much I appreciated our friendship, and his help with acquiring this plane of mine, this plane that was about to become someone else's. John's the guy…

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Good News & Bad News

The good news is I spent this past entire weekend with friends and family. The bad news is the goodbyes at the end of the days had a little more significance. The good news is I saw my mother & my sister on Saturday. The bad news is they both…

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Birthday

It came and it went, but I'm still savoring it. Not so much the turning thirty seven part, but the general birthday, gift-getting, it's-all-about-me parts. On April Fool's Day I celebrated 37 years of ME. After work on Friday I met Brenda and some friends at Dip, a fondue joint…

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Ex-Birthday

March 25 was my Dad's birthday for as long as I can remember, and long before that. I guess it still is, in the sense that he was born on this day. But he also died on another day -- June 3rd -- which adds a whole new wrinkle to…

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Melt

Say hi to Breda. Breda is the youngest daughter (she's three) of our friends Dierdre and Evan. Last time we saw her, she was being baptized, and that was years ago. Breda and her older twin sisters Claire and Elise live with mom and dad in San Antonio, Texas as…

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Address Unknown

"Despair overthrown often turns in mad directions." So says Martin Schulse. Martin, one of two characters in "Address Unknown" -- the latest play in previews at the theatre where Brenda works -- is beginning to slide down the slippery slope into Nazism, in early 1930's Germany. This statement -- along…

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Cozumel Photos

<p>Where have I been? Around. Sorry for the silence. Meanwhile, here&#8217;s a link to our <a href="http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=oc75gmb.jxz7g6b&#38;x=1&#38;y=y8drql">Cozumel trip photo library</a>. Believe…

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Famous Friends

<p>Yesterday, as I waded through my backlog of email, I got not one, but two emails from friends of mine, announcing recently published interviews. </p> <p>My friend <a href="http://www.mikezagorski.com/">Mike Zagorski</a>&#8212;…

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