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Election results: No Shoes, Please

Let me start with this: Donald J. Trump is my president.

That’s not an endorsement, nor is it a metaphor for a larger philosophical or political viewpoint. It’s just a fact. But the fact carries some weight. It makes me ache for my country, and feel deep regret over the ugly rhetoric that was unleashed throughout the campaign. In a nutshell, I’m sad. And that’s just a fact, too.


Poké man

My good friend Mike Quigley, a Los Altos resident, is the chief marketing officer of Niantic, the company that developed the Pokémon Go application that seemingly took over the world upon its launch July 6. The game had half a billion downloads its first two months and became the biggest mobile game launch of all time.

Campaign rhetoric: No Shoes, Please

Nowadays, after I finish watching any news broadcast highlighting the 2016 presidential campaign, I often feel the need to take a bath. Comedian John Oliver summed up this year’s race best when he said, “Look up into the sky. Way up. See that? Above the clouds? That’s rock bottom.” Regardless of whether or not you consider sexual misconduct relevant to the discussion over who wins next month’s election, the topic is now front and center, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Good advice: Haugh About That?

Thrusting the ticket in my face, the grumpy highway patrolman growled over my expired license plate.

Keeping me authentic: Haugh About That?

Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest daughter, Michelle, fixed her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her review on my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and, in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

Putting the article down, she asked, concerned, “Mom, were you on drugs when you wrote this?”

The soundtrack of my life: A Piece of My Mind

“I feel like I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of my life,” my sister sighed blissfully. We were side-by-side on the bus riding home from Sir Paul McCartney’s concert, which had opened Sacramento’s Golden One Arena.

Come back: The Villaj Idiut

Rain.


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