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Archive for September, 2009

   Sep 30

The Funeral Fiesta

I’m kind of surprised by how upset I am over losing the original of this post. I had a hard time putting it back together. And it’s not as good as the original. Also, since I had internet problems when I was up there last week, I got out of the habit of writing nearly […]

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   Sep 29


I was nearly finished with a post about Rose’s service, when the internet stopped working. It refused to save my changes, so now I have to try and restore the post to its former glory. You know how it is – it’s never as good on the second try. And this was really heartfelt. Sigh. […]

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   Sep 26

Big River, Little River

Today I’m coming to you from Moodys, where there is WiFi access in Mendocino. Megan is walking Schatzi on the headlands, so I have a little time today. This is the post I wrote on Tuesday, which got preempted by the quickie house post yesterday. A girl has her priorities. Rose’s service is at 4:00 […]

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   Sep 25

The Quickie House Post

I’m coming to you from the Company Store in Fort Bragg (the big town, where they keep the DMV, Safeway, etc.). I only have a couple of minutes because Megan will be back any second and we’re due to go and see the puppies. I have a post about the beach, but I know you’d […]

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   Sep 22

The Philosophic Barbecue

Schatzi lounges precariously on the back porch* The Doc kindly upgraded my WordPress while I was busy fleeing from the city and doing important things like having a barbecue at my brother’s place to celebrate our brother-in-law’s birthday. When the sun had made its final farewell bow, a single bat appeared on the horizon, zipping […]

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   Sep 21

Coming and Going

I’m coming to you from my new house, where I am checking my email (there’s wireless internet here!) and doing some work of my own while work goes on around me. My new landlords and their posse have been working hard on the house. It still looks like a construction site, so I’m afraid that […]

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   Sep 19

The Great Escape

Well, the blistering heat is making a return engagement. It’s like a Barbra Streisand farewell tour. How can we miss you when you won’t go away? This sequel is bigger and badder than ever. It’s supposed to be over 90 from Sunday through Thursday, which is positively inhuman(e) as far as I’m concerned. It was […]

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   Sep 18

Champagne Commute

So I ended up taking BART in to the city after all. The mysteries of the new Bay Bridge will have to wait for another occasion. On the train into the City, a clutch of cops collapsed into the seats around me, complaining about how much their feet hurt. I couldn’t help noticing how worn […]

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   Sep 17

A Peek Inside

Some people – mostly of the boy persuasion – think that we girls carry around lots and lots of totally unnecessary things and stuff in our handbags. Of course, they also think that we have a totally unnecessary number of handbags. Also shoes. At a staff meeting in a former job, a woman had just […]

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   Sep 16

Changing Chores

Yesterday was almost entirely occupied with moving-related tasks. I cleaned out the freezer, feeding the mysterious, the aged, and the unrecognizable items to my enormous green bin, increasing my plastic dish supply by about 200%. Most of the plastic dishes hail from the fabulous Dhaba and always-reliable Swiss Chalet*, back in the halcyon days when […]

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   Sep 14

Wake Up Call

Well, this is getting to be a bad habit. This morning, I was eating a bagel and watching “Bewitched” before getting down to work. One of my landlords suddenly appeared in the doorway, as if Samantha (or one of her mischievous relatives) had twitched her there. I had a feeling of déjà vu, wondering why […]

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   Sep 13


I slept in until 10:00 yesterday! And when I finally woke up, it was raining. Ever so lightly, but rain nonetheless. I posted about my excitement on Facebook, and everyone seemed to think I’m a big fan of the precipitation. It wasn’t the rain per se that had me all excited, it was the surprise […]

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   Sep 11


It is a truth universally acknowledged that no job has less accountability than that of weatherman (weatherperson?). If the predicted snow fails to fall, or the sky is resolutely sunny rather than partly cloudy, s/he doesn’t get fired. Angry mobs don’t descend on the station waving pitchforks and demanding forecasting reliability. No-one stands on a […]

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   Sep 10

Happy Anniversary

A dear couple I know are celebrating their forty-ninth anniversary today. This remarkable occasion – and the discovery of my mother’s parents’ wedding announcement the other day – reminded me that both sets of my grandparents were married for more than half a century, and that they were devoted to each other. Indeed, my mother’s […]

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   Sep 08

Oakland Sunset

Taken from my front porch yesterday evening. I’ll be trading power lines for redwoods soon enough. And freeway traffic for the wind in the trees. And if there’s a siren…it will be my brother.

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   Sep 07

Labor Day, Recycling Day

Audrey supervises Well, I spent my Labor Day laboring. I went through my boxes of books yet again and ruthlessly culled the herd. I emptied no fewer than eight boxes, though there are still plenty left. Now I just have to decide what to do with the rejects. The problem is that book stores have […]

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   Sep 06


Chanel’s new rain boots. Clearly a necessity for a girl just starting out on country life. A mere $350! I wonder if there’s a matching umbrella. Come to think of it, no-one up there seems to use an umbrella. They just wear hats or put up their hoodies. When I’ve used an umbrella up there, […]

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   Sep 05


Clearly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to the city.  The BART fare to my office has gone up 40 cents, though it’s not notably faster or more fun.  It is, however, more crowded, since the Bay Bridge is closed for the next week for a complicated maneuver relating to its ongoing and expensive […]

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   Sep 04

Emily Post-It

Well, a sign has appeared next door, but it says “For Rent” rather than “For Sale”. If/when there are flyers in the little box, I’ll let you in on how much rent they’re asking for the former Casa di Yappers. Enquiring minds want to know. I felt kind of bad about breaking up with my […]

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   Sep 03

Crazy Cat

Hmm, what else can I do to drive the Girl crazy? Audrey can find trouble in the most unexpected places. I had a lampshade on a table, awaiting my brother-in-law’s repair of the matching lamp. Audrey decided to investigate, peering inside, then pushing her head further and further in, until she was wearing the lampshade […]

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