A Penny For Your Thoughts

See a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck.When I found a 1914 penny in the back seat of my grandfather’s Chevy station wagon back in the late eighties, my eyes lit up! I was convinced that it was worth A LOT of money!I knew nothing about 1914. I didn’t know …

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The First Noel

One of the most well-known Christmas songs begins with these words: The First Noel, the Angels did say… Bing Crosby recorded it in 1949, Frank Sinatra in 1957, Elvis Presley in 1971, and the late great Whitney Houston in 2003. I don’t remember the first time I heard “The First Noel,” but thanks to the …

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Eastridge Mall

Before the Internet, before the ‘89 quake, before Rocky and Star Wars, there was this: Eastridge Mall — the largest enclosed shopping mall in the West!Unlike the newer malls like Valley Fair — where parking is nearly impossible and the food court is so-so, or Santana Row — where people arrive in Dolce & Gabbana …

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Sing.

I was going to blog about Back to the Future Day, but I figured your timelines were flooded with memes, and the like.I decided to write about singing. You know, the type of singing we do when nobody is watching or can hear us. We’ve ALL experienced having to stop singing our favorite songs because …

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First Jobs

I came to the realization that I probably do not have ONE friend on Facebook who has not had a first job.Hold that thought.Depending on your generation, you’ll recall what you were doing, and where you were when Kennedy was shot, or when the Loma Prieta ‘89 quake shook the Bay, or when the first …

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Sears

I learned tonight that Sears is closing (perhaps you already knew that). It is, for me, always a sad day when a company like Sears starts liquidating. With its beginnings as a catalog, with sales greater than $750,000 (in 1895), and eventually becoming brick-and-mortar stores with receipts in the billions, it’s difficult to see it …

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“Hey, that’s …”

Is this any way to act when you see a celebrity at Disneyland?I wonder what these girls did when they turned around and saw Joe Montana? (Okay, maybe that’s not really him.) But even if it’s not Montana, you have to play it like Joe always did: cool. Take it from my wife; she enjoys seeing …

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Sitting in the park …

Yesterday I took Jada to the park.She played. I read.About 20 minutes into our visit, I was interrupted by maledicta. Or in layman’s terms: swear/curse words. Six boys, approximately 13 to 14 years old, walked by me using more expletives than I care to repeat. If one of them had enough sense to carry a …

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Public Restrooms

My mom is not going to like this story.I’ll get to that in a moment.First, I have a question: What is your earliest memory? Before you answer, here is what some people have said: “The day my baby brother died of SIDS. I was three.” “Breaking my arm while dancing with my sister. I was …

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Sunsets

Do you like sunsets? Astronauts on the International Space Station, which weighs 1 million pounds, and is the length of a football field — including the end zones, get to experience a sunset every 92 minutes. And yes, they’re up there right now. I’ll conjecture that you cannot name one of the 216 men and …

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