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Whom can you trust?: Haugh About That?

Waving my pink poodle skirt with all the fervor of a matador preparing to tease a raging bull, I blinked my 20-year-old eyes and gave a come-hither look to indicate, “I’m ready!” Little did I know that the blind trust I had in this moment of divine faith would be shattered with one short twirl.

In 1972, I was spreading my theatrical wings in the musical “Mame” at the University of San Francisco. Wildly dancing the jitterbug under intense lighting, the routine was perfectly choreographed, from the flip of my blond curls to the syncopated tap in my toes. We’d practiced the number flawlessly over and over, but as Murphy’s Law would have it, there are exceptions to any given rule.

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What Los Altos needs – a good downhome diner: A Piece of My Mind

From what I saw on our recent back-roads trip across the country, the United States has not become one homogenized culture from East to West – it only looks that way from the interstates. And though California has harvested much of the best of the East in creating a mix of cuisines, traditions and cultures we call Californian, we did leave a few good things out. One of the missing pieces: the diner.

The classic diner was a castoff railroad diner car, clad in aluminum outside and featuring big windows so that you could monitor passersby, a tiny kitchen, red-vinyl upholstered booths and a red Formica counter trimmed in aluminum, with red-vinyl upholstered stools along the counter. To the joy of children everywhere, the stools could spin. Fortunately, the diner also had waitresses of a certain age, who might be named Edna or Mildred or Gertie, but who could be counted on to tell children (and their parents, too) to stop fooling around and eat their vegetables.

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The value in junk mail: Haugh About That?

Excited at the thought that someone sent me a present, I clawed my way into the dark hole with feverish hands. No sooner had I extracted the large, white carton than disappointment stomped its steel-toed boot on my big toe. The bane of every mailbox’s existence had done it again. It was just a piece of junk.

Looking at the sample of powdered Similac formula, I was sure it was meant for another neighbor. God knows my baby-making days are long gone, but when I read the name on the label, I shrieked. There, in bold, black letters, screamed my eldest child’s name. Last time I looked, Michelle wasn’t pregnant. Or was she?

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Build new schools in Mtn. View: Other Voices

It is clear that we need some major real estate decisions regarding Los Altos School District schools so that they can support our community’s increasing enrollment.

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Global warming is alive and well: Other Voices

Roger K. Jarvis’ letter – “Global warming based on poor data” (Town Crier, June 25) – is an example of the attempt by some to portray the growing concern and action related to global warming as some sort of massive conspiracy, while trying to convince people that there is still a “debate.”

Recognizing that many have not taken the time to become familiar with the science, I am concerned that some readers might see the letter from Jarvis and think, “OK, good. There is still doubt, and I do not have to worry about this issue.”

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Guest workers: No Shoes, Please

Last month, I hired a housecleaner for the first time in my entire life, and a good friend of mine exclaimed to me, “Oh, Gracie, you’re going to LOVE it!”

Truth be told, I really don’t. But that isn’t to suggest that this new relationship is anything to complain about. Margit, who cleans my home twice a month, is efficient, attentive and cooperative. She comes with high-quality, eco-friendly cleaning products. She arrives on time, does a good job and leaves in a friendly manner. Basically, she’s a good egg.

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The hollow towns: A Piece of My Mind

My husband and I recently took a back-roads trip across the country, avoiding the interstates with their urban bypasses as much as possible.

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