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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Joker! Joker! Joker!

With the exception of watching Jeopardy once in a while, I don’t tune into too many game shows. When I was kid, there was nothing like watching Truth or Consequences; The $25,000 Pyramid; Press Your Luck; and everything in between. And while I respect and admire today’s hosts, they just don’t compare to Monty Hall, …

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How I Remember Gene Wilder

I grew up during a time when everyone’s favorite movies would be televised only once a year. It was true of the Wizard of Oz, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and seasonal favorites like The Year Without a Santa Claus, and it was also true of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. If not for our reliable mothers and 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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New Year, New Me …

No one reminds us of a new year quite like Robert Downey Jr. I’m no psychic, but it’s probably safe to say that IF you’re still regularly attending the gym by Leap Day, February 29, you’ll likely defy Mr. Downey Jr., and indeed reveal a “new you” at some point during the year. Bravo! For the remaining …

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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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“Can’t you see?”

There are SO many songs that make me think of my wife: Luther’s “If This World Were Mine”; Teddy Pendergrass’s “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration” — which I actually used on one of our first dates to try to seduce her (LOL!), — and, of course, a bunch of songs by my favorite romantic …

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76,976!

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t followed wrestling since Rocky Johnson, a.k.a., Sweet Ebony Diamond, was in the ring. And the only live event I ever witnessed was at the old San Jose Civic Auditorium, which held about 3,000 people.Yesterday, WrestleMania 31, broke Levi’s Stadium’s record with an announced attendance of 76,976! …

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Errands

My parents took us on a lot of fun trips when we were young. But what I remember most are the errands to places like K-Mart, Mervyn’s, and Alpha Beta (yes, Alpha Beta).Buying shoes was always an adventure at K-Mart. I’m not sure why I was asked to “walk around” in shoes that were TIED …

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