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Thanks for all those cards and letters. The fire burning in Lakeland Village is across the lake from where we lived, in the general area where the firestorms began that eventually burned through the hills to Laguna Beach a few years ago. It is burning near Mo's house but she's in no danger.
It is an awesome sight to watch the P-3 fire planes fly down the near vertical face of the mountain, release plumes of pink fire retardant, and then pull out like a Phantom jock trying to outrun a heat seeking missile mere feet above the surface of the lake.
But the there but for the grace of God award goes to us. About 15 years ago, we came within 48 hours of closing escrow on this very house on Hollister Street that backed up to that canyon.
Nancy Pelosi is
moving ahead with her
plan to pass over Rep. Jane Harman for House Intelligence Committee in favor
of Rep. Alcee Hastings, a former federal judge impeached for taking bribes. The
decision apparently boils down to little more than a catfight between Pelosi and
Harman. No word yet on what the speaker-to-be plans to do with
Rep. Mollohan and his seat on the Appropriations Committee.
I'm guessing that in addition to the cat fight there is also pressure from the CBC described in Ruth Marcus' Washington Post background story here.
As my old friend Thelma used to say, may you always get what you deserve.
Full Disclosure: Nance isn't on TWC's Christmas card list.
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Taxpayers are permitted to deduct either the standard mileage rate or actual vehicle expenses that are pro-rated according to the ratio between business use and personal use of the vehicle as determined by your mileage logbook. Any way you slice it, you need some kind of mileage log. TWC keeps it simple by noting the mileage on my calendar for each business meeting.
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Sometimes, it really is who you know and that's why Mrs TWC and the House Blond were off to Disneyland at zero dark thirty this morning.
Thanks to Tracy, there's a whole gaggle of cute little girls, all classmates and friends, who will be staged and costumed audience members at the special early morning filming of an upcoming Hannah Montana concert special for the Disney Channel scheduled to be aired Christmas Day on ABC. The special includes appearances by A.J. & Aly plus David Powter (think: American Idol; Bad Day Theme)
Afterwards, the kids get to stay and spend the day evening (filming didn't end until 4:00) at the Magic Kingdom. Ahhhh, life is good.
Thank you. I appreciate and read every single email I receive. Right now there are 347 emails in the For Follow Up bin in Outlook. Naturally, business communication takes priority but nobody is in the back of the bus here. If at all possible I'll eventually respond. Thanks for your patience.
Forty three is just way too young to punch your ticket. Even with bad genes and a two-pack-a-day monkey, you expect more than that. Odd he's gone, odder still that a year has slipped past since Wayne's heart turned on him.
Peer intently down any long stretch of deserted track and you'll catch the glimmer of the headlamp on the Freight Train of Death, relentlessly bearing down. Startling to realize that it's picked up speed over the years and although you're into bi-focals these days, the light is definitely brighter.
TWC don't do funerals or the cemetery but I laughed when I heard what was inscribed on the marker. Told the story around to mixed reactions, some didn't know if it was okay to laugh about a dead guy. I laughed. Hard. Wayne was a funny guy. It was great. Like him asking for Dead Man's Party at the service. Great stuff. Until I stopped by late one afternoon and realized he was at a party all right. Where no one's left alive. Then it was funny like a dead kid's Christmas toys.
Maybe I should take him a Bud Lite and a Marlboro. But that'd mean a visit to the cemetery.
Told ya I was sick
That's classic. It's so Wayne. Trying not to laugh.