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Blessed by a Christmas Angel

So, last night ‚when I took the dog out for a walk, I was sur­prised to see a bas­ket on our front porch, I put it inside, and when we got back, Tiffany and I inves­ti­gat­ed it. It is a very nice bas­ket, prob­a­bly a Longaberg­er bas­ket, with choco­late, a (white) Stan­dard Poo­dle orna­ment, a […]

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Urinal Rant

Avert thine eyes, if you are not inter­est­ed in men’s uri­nals and the eti­quette that sur­rounds them. It appears that some men are pre-flush­ers. That is, when they arrive at a uri­nal, they imme­di­ate­ly haul on the han­dle to get a good flush going. I don’t know if they need to hear the rush­ing water […]

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Bashing TiVo

Yeah, I know. I’m the ulti­mate TiVo evan­ge­list. I love TiVo. Peo­ple who know me know the prais­es I have sung about TiVo. And yet… and yet. This past week I have come to dis­like TiVo, the com­pa­ny. Let me be clear, lest there be any mis­un­der­stand­ing. Time-shift­ing tele­vi­sion has changed my life, and for […]

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Politics Rants

George Bush Lied

I’ve just fin­ished read­ing the Memo­r­i­al Day edi­to­r­i­al from the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. You should read it, too. [Update: The orig­i­nal Strib edi­to­r­i­al is now behind their paid archive, but I post­ed the full text below.] First off, kudos to a major news orga­ni­za­tion for hav­ing the will to do this, and on Memo­r­i­al Day, […]

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Petland

A cou­ple of years ago in Iowa City, a new pet store opened in a part of town near our house. It was called Pet­land, and I was inter­est­ed. The only decent pet store around was a Pet­Co all the way up in Cedar Rapids. I took a look online, and dis­cov­ered a whole new […]

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A’ is for Aidan

Arr. My son, whose name is AIDAN, was named such because we thought it was a kind of cool, uniqueish name. We only real­ly knew of one oth­er Aidan, that being Aidan Quinn, actor. We were a lit­tle leery of peo­ple think­ing we’d named our son after him, because we did­n’t. We just like the […]