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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Terrier Management
Nov18

Terrier Management

Any one of my readers with terriers knows that the energy is endless. As in bouncing off the walls endless. But I’m here to say, that in the interest of science, I have been conducting experiments on this matter. And I can now say, with certainty, that it is possible to tire out a terrier. I mean tire them out to the point of having them crash for most of the evening and sleep through a good part of the night. Here’s the...

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The AM Terrier Routine
Nov15

The AM Terrier Routine

Here’s the way it works every morning Chez Terrier: 1. Terriers wake up at 3AM to 4AM. 2. Get taken out for a wee. 3. Have breakfast. 4. Humans stumble around in a fog checking alarm clocks to verify it really is that early. 5. Terriers bogart the warm spots in the bed. 6. Humans try to get back into the small areas of the bed not occupied by terriers. 7. Terriers start to snore. 8. Humans stare at the ceiling unable to go back...

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Talk to the Blog, People!
Nov14

Talk to the Blog, People!

I’ve had this talk with you people before! What’s the big deal about leaving comments on the blog? Some of my most read posts seem to spur people to comment on Facebook or Twitter or send me emails. Why does no one want to leave comments? Talk to the blog, people, ’cause the paw ain’t listening....

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The Virtual Dogpark
Nov13

The Virtual Dogpark

Because Oscar and Lucy travel so much — and because they are thoroughly modern terriers — many of their buddies are actually on-line. But just because we haven’t romped with them in real-time doesn’t mean they aren’t part of our pack. We meet our pals in a number of Facebook forums dedicated to Smooth Fox Terriers and those who serve them. Or they are terriers who stopped by this blog for some virtual bum...

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And How Did You Get Here?
Nov12

And How Did You Get Here?

This blog is not much more than an outlet for my writing. Along the way, I hope I amuse a few people and maybe even inform anyone who 1) has a terrier 2) is interested in wine 3) likes the country life (even if I only do it part time) 4) travels and 5) likes to laugh at English people. So we’ve established that I’m not blogging professionally. However, I do have Secret Squirrel Hit Counting Software. And I am interested in...

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