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Climbing Right Along…

October 31, 2012:  4000.  October 31, 2013:  4900.  October 31, 2014:  5300 and then some.

Suffice to say on this marker day, my yearly cycling mileage remains once more on the upswing, climbing right along with the elevations of my newly discovered routes here in very mountainous Santa Barbara.  At this rate, with two months to go, my annual record will indeed be broken.

Pedaling to new views in Santa Barbara County!

Pedaling to “new” views in Santa Barbara County.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Cycling, Daily Activities

 

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10, 12, 14…

Even-numbered years clearly suit the San Francisco Giants!  Here’s to orange victory, again.

SF Giants, 2014 Champions

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Current Events, San Francisco

 

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In Four Minutes…

With last week’s official unveiling of the 2015 Tour de France route comes a virtual summary of sorts, a video tease if you will– altogether, the entire journey in four minutes!

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Click image for close-up and further details.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Cycling, Media

 

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Point Taken.

“As you will have observed, an increasing number of your neighbors have been keeping company with their pets in human-only establishments, cohabiting with them in animal-unfriendly apartment buildings and dormitories, and taking them (free!) onto airplanes—simply by claiming that the creatures are their licensed companion animals and are necessary to their mental well-being. No government agency keeps track of such figures…  Contrary to what many business managers think, having an emotional-support card merely means that one’s pet is registered in a database of animals whose owners have paid anywhere from seventy to two hundred dollars to one of several organizations, none of which are recognized by the government.” (Marx, 10/20/14)

“Pets Allowed” by Patricia Marx appears in the October 20 issue of The New Yorker.  It’s one insightful, disturbing and funny read which I highly recommend. You can draw your own conclusion on the need, within this matter, for some form of government regulation.  Either way, Marx clearly makes her point.  And naturally, I agree with her.

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in And That's My Opinion, Current Events, Media

 

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The View From Above.

Thanks to the winning combination of modern technology and current real estate marketing practices, my childhood home and neighborhood are now visible from this rare aerial viewpoint.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Daily Activities, Videos

 

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Reaching 90, Presidentially Speaking.

At the end of the 20th century, only two U.S. presidents in history had reached 90 years of age, in far different eras at that.  By the start of 2014, this number had risen to four, then a few months ago to five, and today the total hits six.  Remarkable all the more are four in a row; that is, the four additional nonagenarian commanders-in-chief of the 21st century held office consecutively.

While what’s called “the world’s hardest job” clearly ages the incumbent, it doesn’t seem to be shortening his lifespan these days.  Then again, it’s worth noting that all but one of these multi-party six were one-termers.  Furthermore, this distinction won’t see number seven for quite a while yet.

How’s all this for a could-be Jeopardy! category of presidential longevity?

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Jimmy Carter turns 90 today, in addition to the post-presidential record he set two years ago. (Photo: AJC/Curtis Compton)

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Famous People, History, Presidential

 

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