Making a Buck Off Vets
Nov23

Making a Buck Off Vets

Our nation’s Military and Military families are facing serious issues: parents who are still deployed, parents struggling with PTSD and horrific physical injuries, not to mention the shocking fact that up to 25% of the nation’s total active duty and reserve personnel rely on food stamps and food pantries to put dinner on their tables. There are many kind-hearted people who want to help with their donations. Unfortunately, there...

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Always and Forever a Brat
Nov19

Always and Forever a Brat

There is a Hurricane Katrina sized shitstorm brewing among present and former military dependent groups on Facebook and elsewhere and it centers on the name we go by: Military Brats, Air Force Brats, Army Brats, Navy Brats or just plain Brats. I’m not sure when the children of serving military started being called Brats — but it’s been a tradition for well over a hundred years. There’s a story floating around...

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Managing My Mid-Life Crisis
Nov05

Managing My Mid-Life Crisis

And I do think I’m having one. I definitely need a new car — in fact a whole new category of car — for all the reasons outlined here. But I’m realizing my decision-making is not about the car. My decision is being informed by the vision of myself that I suddenly want to be. It’s just getting expressed through the car. Let me backtrack. For all of my driving life, I’ve had safe cars —...

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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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