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Gone Fishing
May 27th, 2009 by suzy in Family 3 Comments

I haven’t been up to see my brother and sister since Christmas, so I’m definitely overdue for a visit. Tomorrow I’ll pick up some oil and a filter so the Jelly Bean Mechanic can take care of my car, stop by Trader Joe’s for booze’n’food, bring the final boxes to the auctioneer in Petaluma, and […]

Crappy Birthday to You
May 25th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 6 Comments

Today is my fabulous sister’s birthday. As you’d expect, it’s a national holiday. But she’s not celebrating… Megan’s sweet kitty Ramona decided to wake her up a couple of days ago by jumping on her face and scratching her eye. Clutching her bleeding eye, she asked her husband to drive her to the hospital. Without […]

Lazy Day
May 24th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 3 Comments

True confessions: I slept in*, and wore my pajamas all day. With a sweater, because it’s been cool and foggy all day – the perfect weather for curling up on the couch, eating cherries from the farmer’s market, and catching up on “Gossip Girl”. I love having a lazy day, and like Christopher Robin, what […]

Bonnie & Clyde
May 23rd, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

I just finished reading Jeff Guinn’s fascinating book, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Coincidentally, today marks the 75th anniversary of their bloody deaths on a bleak back road in Louisiana. I never knew much about them – the closest I got was Eminem’s eerie “97 Bonnie & Clyde” – […]

May 22nd, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 3 Comments

After yesterday’s session, my boss and I headed out of the office. I turned toward the BART station, and he quickly corrected me, saying, “We need a drink.” We did, and I followed him to the Mandarin Oriental’s dimly lit and welcoming bar, where the staff seemed to know him pretty well. Who has he […]

Round Three
May 21st, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Well, the inevitable was delayed. I got to the office half an hour before the auditrons were due. An hour later, neither they nor my boss had appeared. I called him a few times before we connected, and it turned out that the fun was set to start at 1:00 this afternoon instead of first […]

May 20th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 3 Comments

Parents, I hate to break it to you, but your kids are probably always going to hate veggies. You may think you’ve convinced little Timmy to eat his greens, but as soon as he hits the dorm room, it’ll be pizza and beer until he has to start pretending to be a real grown-up, too. […]

Guard Cats
May 19th, 2009 by suzy in Cats,Henry 5 Comments

It looks like the girls are outside and unattended, but actually the porch is screened in. It does give them the best of both worlds: they can be “outside” and keep an eye on Henry, while staying safe. It also keeps them from fighting with Henry, though they hiss at him when he walks by. […]

Barely Auditable
May 18th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

The audit continues apace. I wouldn’t have thought that a firm which employs three people full-time and two people part-time would have all that much to look through, but I would have been wrong about that (along with many other things). Not only did we spend all day on it, but they’re coming back on […]

May 16th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Suggested additions to Oakland’s Wikipedia page: Sounds: Barking dogs, bass-booming cars Symbols: Shopping cart people, potholes Mayor: McCheese Hobbies: Homicide, foreclosures

A Chronicle columnist recently asked readers which movie they had watched the most. An overwhelming majority picked Star Wars, a movie I have only seen once*. It was the summer of 1977**. We were in Maine, and my father had volunteered me without my knowledge to baby-sit (or as he more accurately put it, “brat-bash”) […]

Hi there! I’ve missed you, too! I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t lounging by the pool with an umbrella cocktail in my hand, or being the toast of the Cannes Film Festival, or off on a quick trip to Tahiti. I was being audited. Well, not me – my firm. But since I’m a […]

Nothing says summer like baseball. I do love hockey*, which for those of us who still retain the attention span we had when we were three years old (the year I learned to read, and have never looked back) is the most exciting and least boring of sports, but the experience of being in a […]

Mother’s Day
May 10th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 4 Comments

It’s probably Psych 101, but maybe because I had such a conflicted relationship with my mother, I’ve always sought out older women in my life. Since my mother is no longer with us, I thought I might pay tribute to some of the other “mothers” in my life. First up is the one and only […]

Supper Surprises
May 9th, 2009 by suzy in Cats,Life in Oaktown 3 Comments

I was making dinner, and I heard someone calling what sounded like my name, louder and louder. You know how it is: one minute you’re peeling garlic* and the next minute some guy’s going all Marlon Brandon on your ass. I dropped my pungent peeling and went out on the porch to investigate. The girls […]

Compare and Contrast
May 8th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Today I dared to peep at my bank account, and the number was so tiny and pathetic I’m pretty sure it was Tiny Tim in a former life. So much for going to a baseball game this weekend (the Blue Jays are in town and they’re smokin’ hot this year) or seeing Auntie Mame* (one […]

Afternoon June
May 7th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 3 Comments

June enjoys the porch The unseasonable rain has finally gone away, taking the frizzies with it. For those of you who don’t live in California, it pretty much only rains here in the winter, so rain in May is as unusual here as a hail storm. Sure, it happens, but so rarely that when it […]

May 6th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 5 Comments

Gas Guy gave himself up about 9:00 last night. No word as to whether he was allowed to have a shower before being taken into custody. I’m not sure what you get charged with for doing something like that, unless it’s a weapons charge. Is there a law against wasting the time of police and […]

Front Row Seat
May 5th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 4 Comments

All this for me? Whenever I know I have to get up early, it pretty much guarantees me a bad night’s sleep. I lie there thinking non-sleep inducing thoughts like “If I go to sleep right now, I can get five hours” and unhelpful things of that nature. Inside my head probably looks a lot […]

Past Perfect
May 4th, 2009 by suzy in Uncategorized 2 Comments

Old movies always make me wish I lived in the past. Come to think of it, the news does that, too. Anyway, last night’s entertainment was The Reckless Moment (1949), starring the beautiful Joan Bennett and the always suave and charming James Mason. Bad guy, good guy, or a mixture of the two, you gotta […]