Bruce!

The holiday season has a way of bringing out the best in people. Just the other day, I was on the receiving end of generosity, when a kind gentleman — whom I had just shared a brief conversation with — politely asked if he could pay for my coffee at 7-Eleven. I was taken aback …

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Butt Out!

If there’s one parenting ritual I’ve inherited from my dad, it’s the propensity to lecture. My kids undoubtedly do not enjoy them, but it beats getting hit with a chancla. My dad viewed lecturing as an art form, and he made sure I heard every single word. Here are some examples. When I was about …

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Three Month Cut

A few things make most of us feel like a million bucks: a clean shave, a clean car, and a clean cut. Of course, there’s nothing unusual about a clean shave. Many of us partake in this morning ritual day after day after day. And while we used to wash our cars on a regular …

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and Clyde

Years before “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day” was a thing, my dad took me to work with him during the summers, beginning when I was 11. Back then, my dad’s office was on the second floor of the old City Hall in north San Jose. I still remember walking into the room …

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50

About 42 years ago, I met the person you see pictured here in Room 9 — a third grade classroom on the campus of Cedar Grove Elementary School in East San Jose. Today, August 15, 2017, he hit the half-century mark: 50! While we met at a pretty young age, we didn’t develop a brotherly …

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Spaghetti Ready

If you were a ‘70’s kid like I was, chances are that you had at least one poster in your room. I had several — from the classic Farrah Fawcett bikini poster, to Magic Johnson, to the “He’s the DJ, I’m the rapper” poster of the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff. One of the reasons …

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Living My Life Like It’s Golden

People habitually warn about buying silver in Mexico because it’s often fake. It’s been rumored to turn your skin green in minutes. That’s actually not true, I once bought a silver ring in Mexico and my finger didn’t turn green until I returned home two days later. This time I stayed away from silver, and in …

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Time Out

Trump pushed to have the guy pictured here, David Pecker, at the helm at Time magazine: “David Pecker would be a brilliant choice as CEO of time Magazine—nobody could bring it back like David!” Trump wrote. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!” Currently, Pecker is the chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns the …

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No Trespassing

When I was a kid, orchards, ranches, and barren land were within walking distance from our house. Nowadays, it’s hard to find any of these things in my hometown of San Jose. In those days, signs like the one you see here were all over the place, and the message was pretty clear: Stay off …

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