Siftings

Tuneage Countdown 2018
Dec
31
Tuneage Countdown 2018
First, eighteen or thereabouts albums that won’t disappoint.     18.  (tie)  Old 97s – Hate The Holidays // David Bowie – Live at Glastonbury   An Old 97s holiday album?  You had me at Old 97s.  And then a pleasant run through of Bowie’s hits?  Ok.     17.  Courtney Marie Andrews - May Your...
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Shuffle, Shuffle
Nov
12
Shuffle, Shuffle
I’m a dork.  And pretty slow on the uptake, too.    Regarding the former, the physical therapy grinds on.  Eighty percent of the left foot toes are doing fine, but the big one just won’t bend and I’m pretty sure it’s a skeletal thing that’s gonna require more surgery.  Be that as it may, the...
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Bleeding Out
Nov
09
Bleeding Out
Just the song in my heart.  That’s a strange thing to say at a moment like this.  Look down.  That’s an impressive pool of blood.  Lake Craig is creeping out into the whatever you call the area beyond the emergency room curtain.  Informed of the SUV making my weekend more kinetic, Lesley texts from...
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Sunset
Oct
26
Sunset
The sun is setting.  The gators are restless.  Gators with a capital “G”.  A dozen nine year-olds have stopped practice to be part of the show.  There’s an unveiling to pull off and the Seaside Pony League Gators are here so let’s have them pull the tarp off the sign. The top-secret sign has been...
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Countdown - Honor Among Thieves
Apr
13
Countdown - Honor Among Thieves
Watching the Spartans whup on the boys from Watsonville, the question arises; at what point do you stop stealing bases against an opponent?  To settle this deep, philosophical question, which has daunted mankind since we crawled out of the primordial ooze (i.e. pre-baseball), here is the definitive...
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Racing
Apr
01
Racing
I gotta lose some weight.  A hundred and fifty pounds, or thereabouts.  It’s the only way I have any hope of regaining the crown of fastest go-karter in the Malin household.    A week with Colin on Spring Break in Seattle has come and gone, too quickly.  I lost at everything.  Karting.  Rally...
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Friday Countdown - Current Rear Quarterpanels
Mar
30
Friday Countdown - Current Rear Quarterpanels
900 miles in a day at the wheel affords time to calibrate the top ten list of rear quarter panels currently available in showrooms.  Your opinion might vary but … trust me, 900 miles in a Jeep is the base level commitment of time and punishment necessary to have a credible alternative...
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Friday(ish) Countdown - Cartoon Role Models
Mar
18
Friday(ish) Countdown - Cartoon Role Models
10. Hong Kong Phooey   9.  Butt-Head   8.  Tigger   7. Alf   6.  Snoopy   5.  Hunter Pence   4.  Stimpy   3.  Wile E. Coyote   2.  Bugs Bunny   1.  Sponge Bob
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Friday Countdown - Kids Books
Mar
02
Friday Countdown - Kids Books
It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and in preparation of reading to Seaside pre-schoolers, here’s the top ten books to read to your kids (your mileage may vary).    But, before the countdown begins, let’s get this straight.  Goodnight Moon, or any other book with the express purpose of getting kids to go...
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Peaks & Valleys
Feb
25
Peaks & Valleys
There’s only so much clarity we can take at any one time.  Too much, and our head explodes or our heart implodes.  Or both.    So, sometimes, in addition to these things not coming out quite right, some don’t come out for day or weeks.  Or years.  Or lifetimes, I suppose.  Warning: length alert. ...
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