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Entries from June 2005

Thunderstorm II

Thursday, June 30th, 2005 · Comments Off on Thunderstorm II

The second big thunderstorm of the summer struck last night — though not as intense as the last, and without the tornado warning — and I realized (again) just how much I enjoy the crazy weather here. It’s incredibly invigorating to hear the booming thunder claps, the lightning bolts flash right outside my window, the […]

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Never-Ending War

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005 · Comments Off on Never-Ending War

With no end in sight and the non-stop cost of war in Iraq rapidly approaching $200 billion, Bush is determined to “stay the course,” as usual. Bush Urges Patience With Iraq War: The speech came at a time when Bush’s approval ratings in all polls are at their lowest. The same surveys also show diminishing […]

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30-Second Survey

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005 · Comments Off on 30-Second Survey

With thanks to one-time blogger Dan for the idea and some of the questions, I’ve created a 30-second survey that I’d love for you to take. I have a pretty good sense of who reads my blog, but surprise me! Results will be cumulative and remain totally anonymous. If you’d like to provide your name […]

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Weekend Recap

Monday, June 27th, 2005 · Comments Off on Weekend Recap

Friday night Karen, Joti, Sue, Josh, and baby Seamus came over for a BBQ to kick off the action-packed weekend with more 90+ scorching temperatures. We spent a good deal of time on the porch, but dined inside with the air conditioning. Saturday morning we lounged around some more on the porch before heading to […]

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Mailbox Success

Friday, June 24th, 2005 · Comments Off on Mailbox Success

When Jane and Sarah were here, they were lucky enough to get a taste of what a small town Saratoga really is when this front page story ran on that Saturday: No special delivery for moved mailbox Well, the good news is that we can all rest better tonight because as of yesterday, the mailbox […]

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Eminent Domain

Friday, June 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

I’m no expert, but it seems to me a scary precedent to set to allow government to seize private property for private development — to build a hotel and convention center for economic gain of big developers. The Fifth Amendment reads: “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Sure, a […]

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005 · Comments Off on Flowers

Hollyhocks and geraniums Three years ago today we had set a date for our wedding and had just spent a weekend partying with James and Enoch in Sacramento. I miss that.

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Summer Fun

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005 · 2 Comments

We celebrated the start of summer after work yesterday with a happy hour patio party at the new Marriott in town, not a far walk from our house. Justin, Niki, and Seth joined in the fun. Although the vodka lemonade was weak, you can’t beat free finger food, including shrimp and clams. Last night concluded […]

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Summer is Here

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005 · Comments Off on Summer is Here

Summer officially arrived at 2:46am this morning, but it’s felt like it’s been here since Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, despite some of the insane thunderstorms we’ve had. We’ve also already seen much hotter weather than usual: “June thus far has had an average temperature of 72.5, or 7.4 degrees above normal.” […]

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Happy Dingo

Monday, June 20th, 2005 · Comments Off on Happy Dingo

Every once in a while a dog photo shoot is in order. You can only catch a glimpse of it in the first couple seconds of this video, but every time Happy gets a bath, he does this little dance to dry himself off. He hates being wet. Next time, I’ll grab the camera earlier […]

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