The bright side

“I’m just sick of it!” my teenage daughter exclaimed from across the dinner table.  She was having a tough time with something and letting the rest of us in on her misery.  Remember when you were young… how you felt the whole world could be against you and you had no power to change it?…

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What was I thinking?

Have you ever charged into a challenge without really thinking it through?  Some of the craziest things I did were during my college years, when impulsiveness and immortality often won the battle with my common sense.  My dad always used to say “use your better judgment,” but sometimes I didn’t use any judgment at all.…

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Junk, bonds

I was standing there with three grown men arguing over who had the most useless junk in his garage.  “I can’t even walk through mine.”  “I can’t even open the door without junk falling out!” “I have to hire someone to move out some of the junk so I can see what junk I have!”  I proudly proclaimed…

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Dead air dynamics

For a DJ, the worst possible disaster is dead air, the agonizing moments of silence when you should be filling the airtime with words or music and there is just nothing. It doesn’t matter if it’s a technical glitch or human error, you can almost feel the impatient audience “tuning out” with each second that goes by. They’re…

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That’s a stretch

(Click photo for full size) This is Patterson Pass, a winding road that connects Tracy with Livermore, California.  It snakes through windmill farms and dry pasture, often narrowing to just one lane, and the view from the peak is incredible.  It’s kind of like those desolate roads you see in halftime commercials, where the luxury…

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