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Those who do not learn from history are stupid.

Barbara and I went to the Hunan Thursday night together for our last time: You will always be surrounded by true friends.

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The penultimate fortune for our Hunan trips together: Treat yourself to a good book for a needed rest and escape.

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From last night and tonight, with less than a week to go before the last time Barbara and I can eat together at Hunan: Now is a good time to try something new. A pleasant surprise is in store for you soon.

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From tonight, my birthday and Barbara and my anniversary: Watch for a stranger to soon become a friend.

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The Hunan, which Barbara and I have considered "our" place for more than a quarter of a century, is closing on December 29th. We've celebrated many anniversaries and birthdays there. We went there the first anniversary of the day I survived my pulmonary embolism. Really, it's been the go-to place when we wanted a meal out.

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Lunch with Barbara at Hunan: Be prepared to modify your plan.It'll be good for you!

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Anyone remember how we got into this mess? Saudi Arabia Will Grant U.S. Request for Anti-ISIS Training Program Sept. 10, 2014 AMMAN, Jordan — Saudi Arabia has agreed to an American request t

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“FATEFUL CHOICE  [Robert Falcon] Scott’s ship, Terra Nova, carried Siberian dogs and Manchurian ponies, which required bulky fodder and close care. Scandinavian snowshoes of twisted cane helped some ponies; those without waded up to their knees in snow. T

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Time to open up another box, I guess. Samurai Avalon Hill, 1980 Diplomacy meets Risk meets lots of cool-sounding names at the height of the

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From the Hunan: Your talents will be recognized and rewarded.

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Fujin's gone. My mom's gone. Fortune from the Wan Lung, where we had dinner with my father on Friday the 13th: Remember three months from this date. Good things are in store for you.

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And Crispine Crispian shall ne're goe by, From this day to the ending of the World, But we in it shall be remembred; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers: For he to day that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother: be he ne're so vile, This day shall gentle his Condition. And Gentlemen

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"Behold, the Underminer! I'm always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!" —The Incredibles, Pixar "The key question is whether workers who have been unemployed for a long time eventually come to be seen as unem

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Just a Box of Games, Box 3

The third box is mostly boxed games and includes some titles from the earliest days of my collection. Richthofen's War Avalon Hill, 1972 One

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This second box of games took a little longer than the first. Lots of little things, stuff mixed together, well, you'll see.

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Just a Box of Games, Box 1

I've got a lot of games. More specifically, I've got a lot of old games. Mostly not ones you've likely heard of, unless you were hanging around game shops that sold something a little beyond Monopoly and backgammon sets back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Most of this stuff has been sitting in box

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So, some Oregon sheriffs in what I'm going to dub the state's "Gun Belt" have decided that they're not going to enforce whatever laws they think infringe on the rights of gun owners, come the Obama/Bide

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In a profile of Democratic US Representative Kurt Schrader in yesterday's Oregonian, reporter Charles Pope inserts these two explanatory paragraphs after a mention of the

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Today's news of former South Dakota Senator George McGovern's move into hospice care came as

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Break a Leg: Twelve Ten Twelve

We'd just had the house and garage painted in the summer of 2002 after uncovering the wood siding on the house for the first time in decades, and I was getting ready on a clear, October Saturday afternoon to put gutters back on the garage

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Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes. Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them. Those w

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It was twenty years ago this fall that I published the first issue of my long-gone book review magazine. The main feature in that premiere—which came out just before the 1992 Bill Clinton/George H. W. Bush election—was a paired review of eponymous political bo

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How could I have missed this song all these years? I tuned into some Harvey Danger through Pandora (it truly is like opening a box of evil) after hearing the snippet of "Flagpole Sitta'" used for the theme of the truly brilliant

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Meanwhile, on NPR yesterday, they were breathlessly implying that Israeli intelligence officials were claiming the government had linked up with al Qaeda, just before an al Qaeda-style bombing

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Meanwhile, on NPR yesterday, they were breathlessly implying that Israeli intelligence officials were claiming the government had linked up with al Qaeda, just before an al Qaeda-style bombing

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Mostly, the streams of my news feeds don't intersect much: multimedia programming, politics, poker. Not to much crossover between them. But this morning, two news stories were right next to each other. The first was about how gambling revenues ha

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Go Right Ahead

So I'm watching and (obsessively) re-watching "Go Right Ahead", the premiere video from The Hiv

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You'll never live like common people, you'll never do what common people do, you'll never fail like common people, you'll never watch your life slide out of view, and dance and drink and screw, because there's nothing else to do. —"Common Peop

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Friday marks the beginning of my fifth year of unemployment. This time, I mean. I was laid off from my job at the end of May 2007, just before most of the rest of the people at the company I was working for, and I went back into the freel

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