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How Much?

How Much

And that readership spike on the 8th and 9th? As my old friend from Syracuse used to say, I have no idear.

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The Great Santini


Posted by lex, on September 8, 2005


If you’ve never seen the movie, “The Great Santini,” you ought to give it a look – it’s a fascinating look inside the mind and world of a Marine Corps fighter pilot who’s convinced that he’s God’s gift to naval aviation and is intent on dragging his family along for his triumphant ride around the pond. The lead role is played by Robert Duval, who typically, nails it home – I’ve known guys like his Bull Meecham (and in fact, I knew some of the Marine Corps fighter jocks who play roles as extras in the movie). It’s also an interesting, if tangential retrospective on the state of civil rights in the late ’60s south. It’s also interesting how perspective changes – in my youth, I looked at Duval’s Bull Meecham as a kind of example – the hard-living, occasionally profane avatar of heroic fighter aviation. Now, seeing it from a far different perspective, I see the imperfect father struggling with his own demons while trying to hold a family together in the face of enormous (and ubiquitous) centrifugal forces.

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Friday Musings  01-14-05

Posted by lex, on  Fri – January 14, 2005 at 06:10 PM


It’s a cosmopolitan *  today. In case you were curious.

  • 2 tablespoons of Vodka
  • 1½ tablespoons of Cointreau (Triple sec)
  • 1½ tablespoons of Cranberry juice
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • twist of lime

Combine the Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice and crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Gently shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lime.

Yeah, I know it’s a chick drink. But it tastes rilly-rilly good.

So sue me.

Oh, and another thing? Two tablespoons of vodka?


Sweeten to taste.

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Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

The other day, noticing that my Xfinity bill had just about doubled in 5 years, I went to a local office to see about lowering it. A young woman (funny how all that is relative isn’t it?) went above and beyond looking for “plans” that would lower the bill, and she found one.

Know a definition for “elderly”? One I heard decades ago?

Anyone who is at least 10 years older than you.

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Taking Advantage of Overseas Stations

Today on the F/B page Lex’s post was about being stationed for 2 years – along with the Clan Neptuni – in Japan.

I do wish he had gotten into more detail about what the Clan did in Japan for those 2 years, but I suspect they took some side trips. Of course now that I think of it they had a baby.

But still, I hope at least they took some side trips.

I wonder if they stayed at a Ryokan?  Or took an Onsen? Made any day or weekend trips? Had a meal at a typical Japanese restaurant? Rode the bullet train?

Japan is on my “to do” list.

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Not If But When…

Computer Backup and Recovery


That was drilled into us from the time I went to a computer programming school in San Diego 37 years ago.

You will have a failure on your computer – either hardware or software – that renders all of the work you’ve done – sometimes for decades – gone.

It happened to me on my old Hewlett-Packard HP 3000 mini computer at work years ago once or twice.

It’s happened on my desktops at home maybe three times in 20 years.

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Sleepless Nights

“Billy, as you get older it’s not the miles, but the maintenance” 

—- Bernice Wilson, circa 1978

My late Aunt Bernice was more than a friend, she was a wise confidante during my many stays at “The Farm“.

As with many of the things she told me, I came to see the wisdom in this as I am passing middle age.

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The Newspaper Business

From just a year or 2 from the 1849 gold rush, Sacramento was a 2 newspaper town. Well, 2 that I know of that survived.

Actually there were up to 60 newspapers but only 2 survived.

Mark Twain, in his classic book Roughing It, honed his writing craft first at Virginia City NV, working for the Territorial Enterprise, then at Sacramento, working for the Sacramento Union.

In that book, he is known for his quip about San Francisco weather, writing that “the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco“.  Less remembered was his observation of Sacramento weather:

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The Case For Hiroshima

Three years ago, I wrote a bit in response to President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.

Probably nothing in American actions in WW2 have had more controversy than the use of the atomic bomb first in Hiroshima, and then Nagasaki.

Locally we had a mayor years ago who decided to travel to Hiroshima and apologize for our use of that weapon.

Certainly nobody disputes the horrible effects upon the citizens of those cities.

It was 25 years – 1970 – before the Defense Dept. released a classified film on the devastating effects of the blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

But how would the war in the Pacific have ended if these bombs weren’t used?

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Some History Long Neglected

In the recent past, what was the most welcome thing a serviceman could receive, particularly when overseas? Something equally precious to Privates and Seamen, Generals and Admirals?

Something that, upon getting, could lift you out of a deep depression?

Or occasionally put you into a depression?

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