Siftings

Endings
Oct
25
Endings
Update: If your pitcher has shut down the strongest hitting team in the league through six innings, you let him keep going if someone reaches first base.     There’s your October surprise.  The Los Angeles Dodgers, with their $107 million payroll, lose Game 4 of the World Series to the 189th best...
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Shedding Layers
Sep
11
Shedding Layers
In the office before the sun touches the Pacific.  The State has two questions about the homeless grant and I want the answers - good answers - to be the first thing they see in the morning.  Not to read too much into the questions but, if those are their only remaining questions, there might be...
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System of an Up
Aug
23
System of an Up
Near midnight, arrive in the One-ga-low kitchen from City Hall after a Council meeting.  Though many thought it impossible, the Zoom meetings have made them longer.  Gonna have a cookie.  Flip on the light and my current nemesis scatter from the countertop.  Ants, so make that nemesi.  I have a...
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Pretty In Silver
Jul
19
Pretty In Silver
"A John Hughes Film" scrolling through the credits of a 1980s movie was soothing to the soul.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink and a dozen more, scrolling by, telling some Capraesque tale of longing and redemption, but with vibrant colors and slick soundtracks.  The decade...
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Beds We Make
Jun
28
Beds We Make
“Honey, I’m home”.  It’s a joke I’d sometimes tell myself, out loud, while returning to the one-room “Fortress of Solitude” tucked into an oak woodland of Carmel Valley.  The joke would bounce off the cold masonry walls as I flicked the tuner and amp switches on, and KRML would crackle through the...
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Malin vs Lee Enterprises
May
18
Malin vs Lee Enterprises
The petition is here   posted to 5.18.20 for ease of reference
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Ten Things About Malin v. lee Enterprises
May
18
Ten Things About Malin v. lee Enterprises
A summary is here   posted to 5.18.20 for ease of reference
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Countdown - Music From The Pre-Isolation Era
Apr
03
Countdown - Music From The Pre-Isolation Era
A baker’s dozen live songs from when social distancing was the last thing on our minds.  To make you (or, at least, me) smile, and look forward to a concert, someday.    13.  Foo Fighters – Everlong The last eight minutes of Letterman.    12.  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Let The Day...
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Next Normal
Mar
29
Next Normal
The ball always finds you.  It’s a baseball maxim about being prepared, usually referenced when someone new and – implicitly - not ready for what’s about to happen, enters the game.    The Spartans have sixteen players this season, a big jump in team size from the eight to ten who were suffering...
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A Descent
May
26
A Descent
This is sketchy.  Most mountain deaths occur on the descent.  You’re often hurting.  You’re always tired.  Down seems easy, but down is what kills you the most.  Slips.  Falls.  Rock falls.  Avalanches.  Gravity has dozens of ways to kill you and you’re that much closer to meeting a gravity-driven...
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