Goodbye Internet Friend
Sep09

Goodbye Internet Friend

I don’t think it was the Internet that opened up the doors to friendships between people who otherwise would never meet in real life. Ham radio operators used to have whole communities of “friends” out on the airwaves. Even before that, people had foreign pen pals with whom they shared years of correspondence without any expectation that they would ever shake hands in real life. Sometimes it was better that way. I...

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Oh Greatest of Dachshunds
Apr24

Oh Greatest of Dachshunds

If you’ve spent any time here at Left Coast Cowboys, you know that Smooth Fox Terriers rule. However, there is one breed that we feel has the looks and attitude to stand with that noble breed. It’s the Dachshund, and we’ve been privileged to know several exemplary members of that group — dogs so special that we have made the breed honorary terriers and dubbed them Smooth Dachs Terriers. This week, we lost one...

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Consider the Poppy
Apr17

Consider the Poppy

We were warned that our persistent drought was going to give us one of the worst wildflower blooms in years. But the little rain that we had late in the season, while not enough to make a dent in the drought, was enough to give us wildflowers. Not our usual spectacular bloom, but a respectable one considering. In my hikes around the San Jose area and up at Two Terrier Vineyards, the flowers are out. What we have especially are...

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It’s a Small, Small World
Apr11

It’s a Small, Small World

After a certain age, birthdays take on different meanings. I’ve reached the point where I pretty much have everything I want, or recognize that what I don’t have is not something that I need. In addition, we are starting the transition from our home of thirty years in San Francisco to full-time living in Sonoma (with a few transition years in San Jose.) So our challenge is getting rid of stuff, not taking more on. Which is...

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Terrier Felicitations
Apr09

Terrier Felicitations

Yesterday the news broke that fashion designer, Tom Ford, and his longtime partner and former editor of Women’s Wear Daily, Richard Buckley, had married. While it’s a wonderful reaffirmation of the rightness of marriage equality that this loving couple of 27 years can finally marry, that’s not why their wedding is significant to Left Coast Cowboys. You see, Tom Ford and Richard Buckley are true Terrier Peeps. In case...

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Becoming a Runner
Mar27

Becoming a Runner

I was a runner once. In high school I was on the cross-country team. It wasn’t before Title IX, but it wasn’t too many years afterwards and nothing much had changed yet. Instead of wearing sleek uniforms, getting letter jackets and running in front of cheering crowds, we made our own uniforms, I don’t think we were even eligible for letter jackets and we had to shame the cheerleaders into coming over to rah-rah at...

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Moving My Heart from San Francisco
Mar09

Moving My Heart from San Francisco

If it’s been a little quiet around here, it’s because there are some big changes going down. If you’ve been following along, you know that about a year ago, we found ourselves with a San Jose house. And once I knew the Way to San Jose, the terriers and I started being citizens of the Bay Area, constantly on freeways shuttling between San Jose, San Francisco and Sonoma. Finally, we came to the realization that we...

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Hi Ho Prius and Away
Jan31

Hi Ho Prius and Away

Is it strange that I tend to define the last ten or so years of my life by each Prius I was driving at the time? My first Prius — which must have been one of the earliest ones to roll off the assembly line — was purchased in a moment of anger after George Bush was elected. The controversial decision over Al Gore had me convinced that the environment was going to be the big loser. Casting about for something I could do...

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It’s The Terroir, Stupid!
Jan03

It’s The Terroir, Stupid!

Everyone has their hot buttons. The things that make them yell at the TV and throw things. For me, it’s people who pontificate that some crop, when it hits a particular price-point or is organically grown,  is “just like fine wine from Napa or Sonoma”. Yesterday, it was some commentator on MSNBC who prompted a flying shoe to hit the flat screen. He was discussing the recent legalization of pot in Colorado. His...

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Thanksgiving Stuffing Guide
Nov28

Thanksgiving Stuffing Guide

No, not that kind of stuffing! While the rest of you are gorging on turkey today, I’ll be picking at airline food. We’re flying out to Africa on what we hope is a low traffic travel day. So the stuffing I’ll be talking about here is stuffing a suitcase. You see, as an avid and frequent traveler, I’m always looking for ways to perfect and streamline my packing. In my dreams, I travel like Kerouac with only one...

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