Category: Family

The Loma Prieta quake — 20 years (and a few days) later [updated]

The Loma Prieta quake — 20 years (and a few days) later [updated]

| October 18, 2009 | Reply

Yeah, I should have written and posted this yesterday, but I didn’t realize it was the 20th anniversary until today (thanks to this post). Sandra and I, with seven of our nine kids, had moved to Soquel, California in early 1988. Actually, we were five miles outside of Soquel; we bought a home in the […]

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Picnic blogging

Picnic blogging

| August 5, 2009 | Reply

After four years of living in Colorado, Sandra and I decided it was time to do some local sightseeing.  So we packed up some soda left over from our large BBQ, stopped by Safeway to pick up some picnic foods (cold fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, and a few other things), and headed out […]

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Brisket blogging update: Thursday

Brisket blogging update: Thursday

| July 23, 2009 | Reply

I’ve just spent an hour or two cleaning both the smoker (which I haven’t used since last October) and the grill (which I haven’t used in since at least April). I now feel quite virtuous, probably unduly so. I’ve had six (6) briskets, each weighing about 7 lbs, marinading since yesterday, along with 3 elk […]

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Hills of Gold – Photos

Hills of Gold – Photos

| July 20, 2009 | Reply

I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with my brother and his family in the Bay Area. The highlight of the weekend was a Saturday night stargazing session in the wilds of California east of Hollister. During this time of year, California is in its “dry season” and most of the grasses have gone […]

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Brisket blogging ahead: VLSB scheduled for 7/25

Brisket blogging ahead: VLSB scheduled for 7/25

| July 18, 2009 | Reply

I’m doing what my co-blogger Bruce Henderson likes to call a “VLSB” or “very large scale BBQ” next Saturday, July 25th. It’s been almost 10 months since my last one — far too long — but this should make up for it by being the largest one yet; I fully expect 80-100 people. I’m not […]

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Blogging at 80 MPH

Blogging at 80 MPH

| May 31, 2009 | Reply

I’m sitting in a 2010 Mustang Convertible being driven by a gorgeous blonde, heading into LA for dinner somewhere around Hollywood. Life is good.  ..bruce w.. UPDATE [6/1/09] Corrected a few typos; between the vibrations in the car itself and the frequent dropping of the AT&T signal as we zoomed along, the message was a […]

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The Stress Test Smoke Screen

The Stress Test Smoke Screen

| May 7, 2009 | Reply

At 5:00 PM Eastern today, the treasury will finally release their “Stress Test” results. Not to belabor this, but you should largely ignore them. From the Wall Street Journal: Results of the government’s stress tests of the nation’s largest 19 banks started to trickle out Wednesday, highlighting the burgeoning gaps between the industry’s strong and […]

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Friday spawns

Friday spawns

| April 10, 2009 | 3 Replies

MORNING LINKS [Welcome to AoS readers, and thanks to Genghis for the links and the kind words! Feel free to bookmark ASIP! Also, my Saturday links are posted here, my Monday links are here, my Tuesday links are here, and my Wednesday links are here.] ITEM: Remember me quoting Machiavelli (“It is better to be […]

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Wednesday with the snark

Wednesday with the snark

| April 1, 2009 | 1 Reply

MORNING LINKS –first two are bumped from overnight links Item: (April Fool’s joke): The 2010 All New Omobile! ITEM (ah, if only it weren’t a joke): Obama forces GM chief out, puts Reid, Pelosi on leave ITEM (not a joke, but wouldn’t it be ironic?): Penn State researchers have discovered how to use microbes to […]

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Obama’s Al-Arabiya Interview

Obama’s Al-Arabiya Interview

| January 27, 2009 | Reply

Yesterday afternoon the conservative blogosphere was erupting over news that President Obama had given his first television interview – to Al-Arabiya: CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – President Barack Obama chose an Arabic satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, part of a concerted effort to repair relations with the Muslim world that […]

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