It's all ball-bearings nowadays.

July 17th, 2014 @ 9:10 am
Throwback Thursday
Longhi

At Longhi’s in Maui, 2001

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I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends.
Mickey Spillane

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I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
John F. Kennedy, Civil Rights Announcement, June 11, 1963

July 11th, 2014 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Weird Al

Weird AlMy five favorite Weird Al Yankovic songs:

  1. One More Minute
  2. This Is the Life
  3. Eat It
  4. Cable TV
  5. eBay
July 10th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm
Throwback Thursday
Coast Guard

David, Michelle, and Michael, 1994

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To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert

William Faulkner’s Review of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea

July 4th, 2014 @ 8:53 am
Friday Five: Patriotic Movies

Uncle Sam

July 3rd, 2014 @ 2:12 pm
Throwback Thursday
Me and Dad

David and Dad, 1990

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“You stopped breathing once when you were five weeks old. Did I ever tell you that?”

No, she certainly hadn’t.

“I was about to take a bath and then I thought I’d better check the crib, so I went in and you weren’t moving at all. I thought you were dead. I snatched you up and tore out of the house to the Jensens’ and pounded on the door, and right then you let out a cry. Anyway, we took you to the doctor.”

“What did the doctor say?”

“He wasn’t sure. He didn’t think it was a seizure. I guess it was just one of those things that happens sometimes.” Then she got up to make a salad for supper.

That’s how Mother told stories. Never enough detail, and she always left you hanging at the end. If she had gone ahead and run the bath water, I’d be dead right now. And it was “just one of those things that happens sometimes”? I felt a little weak myself. I had gotten over the fear that I’d stop breathing during the night, all those years I used to remind myself to breathe, and now this. So I wasn’t dumb to think that your breath could stop at any time. It could happen right now, sitting on a white kitchen chair in a cool breeze and drinking iced tea. Fall over dead on the linoleum. Thirteen years old, dead.
Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days

July 2nd, 2014 @ 7:43 am
Misdirection and Contraception: On Hobby Lobby

CashThere is an article in the New York TimesThe Illogic of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance — which does a great job of explaining the real problem with the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

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June 27th, 2014 @ 8:17 am
Friday Five: Favorite Rides

I’ve owned eleven cars in my life. Here are my five favorite:

  1. 1976 Ford Mercury Monarch
    My first car is still my favorite. It was a massive white tank with a red interior and a broken gas gauge. The engine died because nobody ever thought to tell me it was important to change the oil in a car.
  2. 2001 BMW 330ci
    I owned this car in Los Angeles and loved having a convertible. I had to give it up, though, because I couldn’t afford the maintenance costs.
  3. 1981 Toyota Corolla-Tercel
    My second car ranks highly on this list purely because of how many great times I had in it. I bought it for $800 with 200,000 miles on it and sold it for $800 with 300,000 miles on it.
  4. 1987 Toyota 4×4
    I bought this car in 2002 from a buddy just before he moved to New Zealand. It was probably the most dependable vehicle I’ve ever owned.
  5. 1991 Honda CRX Si
    This was my upgrade when I got rid of the Corolla-Tercel. It was Nike-green and awesome.
June 26th, 2014 @ 9:42 am
Throwback Thursday
Great-Grandparents

Meeting My Great-Grandparents

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Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.
Michael Crichton

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Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
Dr. Jonas Salk

June 20th, 2014 @ 7:12 am
Friday Five: Nobody Gets Woolly

Bull DurhamMy five favorite Kevin Costner roles:

  1. Crash Davis — Bull Durham
  2. Eliot Ness — The Untouchables
  3. Denny Davies — The Upside of Anger
  4. Billy Chapel — For Love of the Game
  5. Tie:
    Roy McAvoy — Tin Cup
    Ray Kinsella — Field of Dreams

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Youth has no age.
Pablo Picasso

June 19th, 2014 @ 9:29 am
Throwback Thursday
EPCOT with Dad

At EPCOT with Dad, circa 1996

June 18th, 2014 @ 1:12 pm
Mr. Chainsaw

Nike Free 4.0I was supposed to run 10.75 miles this morning, but miscalculated where I needed to make a U-turn, so it was actually 11 miles on the nose. It took me almost exactly an hour and forty-five minutes — not bad for a week shy of 41 — and put me over 77 miles for the month of June.

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