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Gotta Keep On Keepin’ On

Vapor lock. Two words when that come to mind when I wrap my warped mind around the concept of moving back into town: “vapor lock”. We bought this house 5 years and 10 months ago, an excited and younger family, eager to get out of the suburbs and onto our 5 acres of the American… Read more »

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My Latest Last Will & Testament

Tomorrow, I’ll be undergoing some sort of exploratory procedure. The details are somewhat murky, but the long and the short of it is that some people who practice this sort of thing will be trying to discover why I can’t hardly eat a solitary slice of apple without having a near death choking experience. Since… Read more »

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Taking It For Granted

Like most emergencies, this one came as a surprise. I was trying to enjoy a cup of cold coffee while sitting out in the sun, unremarkably bitching about the heat to Chris & Kristen. The patio of this particular coffee establishment faces a busy road, one that delivers people to strip malls of every stripe… Read more »

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The Duel With The Dirtbag

On September 12, 2010 two middle-aged heaping sacks of sluggishness will square off in Portland, Oregon for the Pints To Pasta 10k race. The Dirtbag and I are said heaping sacks of man-fat, and the event promises to be one in slow-motion, with me employing every dirty tactic I can come up with to sabotage… Read more »

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Birthday Blues In A-Minor

In 5 days it’s officially over. By over, I mean my youth. May 15th is the day that I hit 36, and from there it’s a hop, skip and a shuffle to assisted living. Yesterday I heard Pearl Jam being played on the classic rock station; if that’s not a sign from The Flying Spaghetti… Read more »

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Tail Dragging Top Ten

“CALIFORNIA WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE IF IT WEREN’T FOR THE CALIFORNIANS.”  –Dirtbag (a native of the S.F. Bay area and current resident of Washington State) Top 10 Highlights From California Best Truck Stop Name I Found – “Jesus Christ Is Lord Not A Swear Word Truck & Travel Plaza” Best Aspect About… Read more »

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Every Dog Has His Day

The other day, I saw a tee shirt on a fellow member of CrossFit that boldly stated “Run Faster Than A Lifter, Lift More Than A Runner” (or something to that effect). I kinda liked it, in that it seemed to cover several disciplines with one cutting remark. The only problem with sporting one of… Read more »

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Where Are They Now? Part Doo

Yesterday, we began a series trying to bring you up to speed on the main characters of Half Past Awesome. Today, I give you Part 2: Where Are The Unsung & Unpaid Heroes Of My Crappy Little Production Now? Without further malarkey here we go: The Dirtbag: The Sage of Southwest Washington continues to under-utilize… Read more »

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Cardiac Rhythm & Blues

A sinus rhythm is defined one way as the normal regular rhythm of the heart as generated by the sinus node. This is what you want to see in a patient when an EKG is performed- five healthy waves in a single heartbeat. But like each beat of the heart, life happens in these up… Read more »

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Monday Mud ~ Labor Day Sept. 7th

Holiday on a  Monday – few things in life are as cherished to the same degree as a mandated holiday on the nastiest day of the week. And yes, I realize that many of us out there still have to pay homage to the grind, despite the holiday; so before you complain too much about… Read more »