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Passing.

Friday, Jul. 17, 2009 4:20 AM

Yesterday was a memorial for my grand-uncle Robert Young (his wife is my late paternal grandmother's sister), who passed away last week from cancer - just short of his 86th birthday. He leaves behind his wife, two sons and their wives, and five grandchildren.

As his older son pointed out in his eulogy, Bob lived through some exceptional times - the Great Depression, World War II, the Apollo Era, and a slew of technological advancements that many of us take for granted.


My wife and I have begun using a community-supported agriculture (CSA)vendor called Farm Fresh to You.

They make regular deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables, tailored to your tastes and schedule. (For example, you can order a 'fruit only' shipment, or a 'no cook' vegetable assortment.) Shipments also come with a newsletter that includes recipes using ingredients from the week's delivery.

There's no committment/subscription - you can start/stop at any time; you can also modify your order to cover events such as dinner parties.

We've been using them for about a month, and I've been really pleased with the quality and variety of the produce.


A Boot to the Head to the U.C. Regent seen on the news, telling people furloughs and cuts are necessary, sorry, folks.

He's holding a large baby-blue box with a white ribbon as he walks into the meeting. You might recognize the design - it's from Tiffany.

So you're smiling at the protesters and telling us how cash-strapped you are while toting a box containing what is likely to be a $1000+ gift to another regent.


Republicans are dissing the Democratic plan for healthcare reform, claiming it's spending way too much money during tough economic times.

That'd carry more weight if they'd bothered to do anything about healthcare reform when the economy was good during any of the Republican administrations we've had over the past 29 years.

And Congressional Republicans say it's not fair to expect taxpayers to fund someone else's healthcare? Fine by me - give up yours. End of discussion.



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