JULY 31, 2014 12:57PM


48 years ago, my best friend died in Viet Nam. 


Don R. Sain, class of 1961,  was a year behind me at Los Gatos High School.  When he joined to serve his country with the U.S. Army, (before there was a draft), he became a “Green Beret,” as part/Read full post »

JULY 15, 2014 2:30PM


"What do you mean there are no cherry pies?" 

I blurted that response to the comment from the drive thru speaker at McDonalds.

"We stopped selling cherry pies!" came the response.

That was several months ago.

I have been a customer and fan of McDonalds all of my adult life.  I… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2014 6:19PM


The news today indicates that $7 million will be spent to install "suicide nets" on the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is a result of YEARS of thinking about how to prevent suicides, by people jumping off the bridge. 

Apparently, even people who are afraid of heights have jumped off theRead full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 9:55PM

A short story - THE SHOOTER

Jerry was sitting on the toilet, waiting for it to happen.  As he was sitting there, he was thinking, had he heard six shots or nine?

In a crouched position, with his shoes on the toilet seat, no one on the other side of the latched door could tell that someone… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 9:29PM


We hear about trades almost every day.  Usually sports related.  A multi millionaire team owner and the team’s management, decide to trade a player in the hopes of improving the team in one way or another.

In the past few days, we have been learning about another trade, a POW trade.&nRead full post »

In BIG type, as of today, “MLB IS BACK!”  Of course, referring to Major League Baseball.  At this point, it is OK to GROAN. 

47 years ago, when I was a sleeper at a firehouse, Captain Willie would walk around with a small portable radio, (transistor radio), held to his righRead full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 5:24PM


A week ago, at Oso, Washington, part of a mountainside gave way in an avalanche.  The path of destruction destroyed about 49 homes, many outbuildings, many vehicles, and caused the deaths of people, their pets, and some farm animals.   


In seconds, a quiet rural community was tra… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2014 2:45PM


Here is a gentle fire safety reminder, and some interesting information from the NFPA - National Fire Protection Association.  Please take a moment to look at this potentially life saving information.  

As a former firefighter, (about 13 years), I've been inside burning residentiaRead full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 6:07PM


My parents moved to Saratoga, California in October 1955, about two weeks after the start of school.  Previously, we lived in San Jose, CA,  where I was a 7TH grade student at Luther Burbank Elementary School, on San Carlos Street, in the “Burbank” area of west San Jose.  I/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2014 7:46PM


Since conservative Christians gained control of the Republican Party, all sorts of bad things have been happening. 


Here is an example of one of them - in case you missed this news item...  Subject: Daily Kos :: National Republican Congressional Committee sets up 18 fake web sites tRead full post »

JANUARY 14, 2014 2:33PM


From a news source: “According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will have to cut his long locks before being considered for a head coaching gig in the NFL.”


Frankly, I am surprised they did not require that he shave off his mustache and goatee,Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2013 10:34PM


Poobahs of the NFL - it is past the time for you to do something to discourage "LATE HITS" on quarterbacks.

As I channel hopped the games on TV today, September 29th, I saw many "late hits" on quarterbacks.

One in particular involved Titans quarterback, Jake Locker, who ended up havingRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 9:36PM


Enough is enough.  The talking heads of, you-name-the-media outlets, are droning on about the Washington, DC killer. Speculating about motive, about his past life, his experiences in the military, etc., etc.  The information is repetitive, and for the most part uninteresting, and unimportan/Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2013 4:28PM


Please help stop the killing of innocent desert tortoises. 

Our family has been caregivers to two desert tortoises for 27+ years.We know the tortoises are unique animals, that cannot be returned to the wild once they have had contact with humans.  (Human cooties can inteRead full post »

AUGUST 18, 2013 3:27AM


There is pain, and then there is real pain.  I think everyone knows the difference.  If someone has arthritis pain in both knees, both hips, both hands, and lower back pain, many doctors would be very quick and happy to prescribe a variety of pain medications.


Trouble is, if you take… Read full post »

JULY 28, 2013 1:03AM


“Little Anthony Weiner,” allegedly confessed to using the ‘handle’ “Carlos Danger” while sending electronic photos of his ‘junk’ to a 26 year-old female. 

Yepp, he’s the same guy who says he is a candidate to become mayor of New York City.&nbRead full post »

JULY 15, 2013 1:04PM


Recent news indicated that billionaire Warren Buffet will be giving an online class about charitable giving.


One thing folks need to remember, is to give locally.  One does not have to be a billionaire, millionaire, or thousandaire, to help others.  Many folks who still areRead full post »

JUNE 27, 2013 1:22AM


It looks like there is a rush of disingenuous carping about Paula Deen, as companies decide to fire her, for telling the truth.


I have to question the real motives. 


To all the board members and management of Walmart, Home Depot, Food Network, Smithfield Hams, Caesars Entertainmen… Read full post »

JUNE 24, 2013 7:54PM


I am not part of an organized group trying to defend Paula Deen.  I am an individual who happens to enjoy cooking as a hobby. 


I learned to cook by watching my mother and her mother, and, by the seat of my pants when I was in the fireRead full post »

JUNE 19, 2013 5:59PM


I have been a member of The American Legion for a number of years, but not any more. 

The American Legion chooses to discriminate against many veterans who have served their country honorably, but during peacetime. I believe this is unfair. 

Originally, when the organization was charRead full post »

JUNE 6, 2013 7:12PM



Today, all of us should pause for a moment of silence and thanks for the almost 10,000 Allied Forces (U.S. Canada, Scotland, England and Wales), wounded or killed during the invasion at Normandy, France, June 6, 1944.


They were fighting against Hitler’s German forces that were occRead full post »

I must confess that there are times when I feel like I have been living in a cardboard box, with the flaps closed shut.


Last night was one of those times, when I learned about “mermaids.” 


Then, today, to learn that - allegedly - the Chinese government hacked into top-se… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2013 1:41AM


When I first heard of the Highway 5 bridge collapse at the Skagit River, it was hard for me to believe that such a thing could happen.   

As more details arrive, the driver of the truck that hit the bridge, might have had to take evasive action to avoid a collisionRead full post »

MAY 23, 2013 8:05PM


I was listening to President Obama speaking earlier today.  He was discussing some serious issues, when someone in the crowd began interrupting him.

Other news sources indicate the disruption came from a woman, known as Medea Benjamin, who founded a group called "Code Pink."

I am left with the o… Read full post »

At my last job before I retired, I had a “Program Manager” and a “Supervisor.” 

Both were incompetent; and, both had been promoted mostly as a convenience to the employer - a state agency - to avoid any type of discrimination or personnel issues.  Their positioRead full post »