Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Odd Ducks

Mitt Romney was always sort of an odd duck. When he was governor of Massachusetts he created a form of universal healthcare there that subsidized people buying health insurance from existing for-profit corporations, and fined those who would have rather … Continue reading

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The Problem with Winning

They have professional dog-walkers here in Hollywood, but they must have them in Manhattan and Georgetown and Back Bay Boston too. They’re necessary. This part of Hollywood, in the slopes above and below the Sunset Strip, there are magnificent old … Continue reading

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Knowing How to Know Things Gets Harder

Perhaps the rest of life really is just an extension of high school – the cool kids know what’s really going on, which amazes everyone, and makes everyone else envious, but maybe the rebels and the punks really know what’s … Continue reading

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The Breath of the Dragon

California seemed like a good idea at the time, 1981, and Manhattan Beach was cool, in its funky way, but it wasn’t a serious place. A few years later it was a condo in Culver City, not far from the … Continue reading

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When Monday Morning Rolls Around

Things always look different on Monday morning. That’s when you actually remember the weekend. You might have a new large and regrettable tattoo to jog your memory, which will be hard to explain, probably not. Still, the weekend was great, … Continue reading

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Europe Being Europe

Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, to find a new trade route to China, but the Americas got in the way, and there’s been nothing but trouble ever since. Europe had a new world, an expected world, to deal … Continue reading

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Pressing the Imaginary Advantage

Ask Jack Benny, or Jon Stewart. Timing is everything. Wait that two beats, not one or three, and deliver the punch line. That’s where the joke is, the right words of course, but delivered at just the right time, after … Continue reading

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