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Perils of Caffeine in the Evening

"Not boring!" - Maria at work; "You lie about me on your blog." - Mrs. Perils;

Published: Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:32:55 +0000


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50th Reunion Letter to the Class of ‘67

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:31:22 +0000

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My 911 Story (rescued from Facebook oblivion)

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I was working in Milwaukee when 911 happened. I don’t watch TV in the morning (I seldom watch it in the evening, either), and I arrived at my client’s that Tuesday morning to see folks in the lunchroom huddled around a small TV. I asked “what’s up”, and they couldn’t [...]

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