Avengers: Endgame

Went to see the movie at the Sonoma County Airport Stadium theater. Can’t say anything about the film – Thought maybe I should observe a sensible spoiler margin for a few days here…

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…for some reason on this day, I rose at about 4am and sat with my computer to catch up on games, and recreational reading. I worked at the dining room table for a couple of hours, savoring the quiet of the pre-dawn morning.

At about 6am, the household landline began to ring. (Yes, we still have a landline.) Thinking that it was a prank call, or some marketing nonsense, I simply picked up the phone and hung it up immediately. Right away, there was an urgent knock at the front door.

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…it’s probably clear that I haven’t been regular about updating this record of my thoughts and ideas. Often when I have some old paperwork I’m about to throw out, I will put in a back-dated entry that details the memories related to the documents.

Occasionally, I’ll have something I can’t resist but talk about and it’s not appropriate for one of my other blogs. So I come here.

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Just a Simple Road

…there’s a road I cross just about every day. It’s on the way to my neighborhood market that I must cross each time. There’s nothing special about it, but when I come to it and cross, I have had similar thoughts for about 5 months now.

You see, it’s not only a road I have to cross to get to my market, it’s also the road that has my election polling place on it. In fact, when I come to it, I look down it to the west and I can almost see the neighborhood church where we cast our ballots.

And for some time, the same thoughts come to my mind…

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Do Us A Flavor

…our artist friend Joshua Coffy has a signature phrase that often pops up when he encounters stupidity, narrow-mindedness, or crass insensitivity. (He’s a master of irony.)

So it made good sense that we should create a visual homage to his key phrase.

Fortunately, Lays launched another of its marketing programs designed to have people suggest new flavors for its chips. The convergence of Joshua’s increasingly more frequent invocation of his signature phrase, and the chance to craft it into a new potato chip flavor was utterly irresistible.

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Passports Can Die Too

A Saturday night on the way to the airport with plenty of time to spare to catch an 8:30pm international flight — feeling great about planning and setting up a spur of the moment trip in response to a last minute client request.

I thought to check in early for my flight to Ireland and pick out some nice seats. They asked (as they routinely do) for the expiration date on my passport.


THAT was when I realized that I’d not looked at it in months, and that it was past due. You really can’t fly if you don’t have a current passport. So after several of the usual stages of grief, I managed to get the airline on the phone and get things adjusted.

Hoping against hope, I located a couple of articles (here, and here) that offered advice about hyper-rushing a passport renewal.

Fortunately, I live in a city that has a passport office, and more fortunately, the people there are extremely nice about helping out travelers who find themselves in this predicament.

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