We Come from the Land of the Ice and Snow
Jun30

We Come from the Land of the Ice and Snow

At just about 24 hours into our whirlwind trip to Iceland, we’ve already seen a lot of it. Of course, it helps that the sun never really goes down at this time of year, so you can pretty much see everything at all points of the day or night. In fact, I woke up at 4AM to bright sunshine and almost tried to convince Andy that we should hit the road out of Reykjavik and start seeing the natural wonders. That goal was quickly...

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Now We Are Six
Jan08

Now We Are Six

If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that Amelia May, my goddaughter, is one of the undisputed stars. She was born as The World’s Most Beautiful Baby, transitioned into The World’s Most Beautiful Toddler, then became a dancer and a princess as The World’s Most Beautiful Pre-Schooler. Now she is Six. And Six is a wonderful age. Because Six is when all the initial promise...

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Start as You Mean to Go On
Jan01

Start as You Mean to Go On

I love the feeling of January 1st, with a crisp, shiny new year ahead of me. Time to make those resolutions and tick some items off the Bucket List. Just because I haven’t been that good about keeping resolutions doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try it again. Hope springs eternal and this time, this time, I really believe I’ll make it happen. I know you are supposed to make small incremental goals like “put on...

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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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