Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I grew up watching this kitschy TV special every Christmas during the 60s and 70s. It came on the other night while I was putzing around the house, and while listening to it, I realized how many important life lessons you can learn from this lovable classic:

  • Follow your heart and do what you love. If you are an elf who is supposed to make toys, but you really want to be a dentist, be a dentist.
  • Covering up your glowing nose with a fake plastic nose = hiding your light under bushel. Don’t be ashamed of what makes you special; instead, let it shine.
  • Let everyone play reindeer games.

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2011 in Review

January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Nuvo, Where Have You Been All My Life?

September 12, 2011 § 1 Comment

So, daughter #2 and I were shopping at Costco for liquor the other day.

What? So, there’s no chapter in the parenting books about teaching your kids how to shop for booze–where do you want them to learn it from– Boardwalk Empire?

Somewhere in the middle of the massive alcoholic playground stacks, we saw the cutest pink bottle you’ve ever seen.


My daughter was all “Oh, I’ve heard of that, it’s supposed to be really good, we should try it!” Only not in those exact words. What she said included the word “bomb” or “sick” or some other young-person-speak that I can’t remember.

At any rate, it was VERY pink, which was a little frightening, but it said “sparkling” on it, which means it must be good, so I bought it.

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Silicon Valley’s New Center–Mountain View?

September 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Mountain View is Silicon Valley’s “it” city, according to an article in today’s San Jose Mercury News:

Mountain View emerging as major center of Silicon Valley innovation

This is not really news for those of us who live in Mountain View.  There’s a brightly colored Google sign on every other building around here, it seems.

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Bedwell Bayfront Park

July 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

On Sunday I went on a hike with one of my fabulous sisters-in-law and my adorable 7-year old niece. I’d been wanting to explore this strange, hilly little park on the edge of the bay in Menlo Park. I had seen the park for years near my work but had never taken the time to explore it.

Bedwell Bayfront Park

It’s called Bedwell Bayfront Park. I don’t think many people know about it; there was hardly anyone there. It’s where Marsh Road dead-ends at the bay, but there’s nothing else really out there, so you’d never know about it unless you intended to go there. I like that. Living in the Bay Area means dealing with lots of people much of the time, and finding a place this wide open is a rare thing.

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Dear Transformers 3: Avada Kedavra! Sincerely, Harry Potter

July 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

Hollywood, if you were planning to conjure up any more movies this year, you can just forget it. Can ’em. You’re never going to top Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which opened today.

Harry Potter

Hang up your movie magic wands, your work is done. Movies simply do not get better than this. I feel sorry for the rest of the movies that are out there right now. It’s not that they’re bad….it’s that this movie is EPIC.

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I Love Balls

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

And I don’t mean beach balls


or costume balls


or bowling balls


or meat balls.


I mean man balls.

Nads.  Junk. Cajones. Family jewels. Nutsacks. Bollocks.

Without them, my children would not be alive. None of us would be. What’s not to love?

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