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webmaster | 07/03/13

Reader Bill Hoffrage emailed yours truly that he recently saw a woman driving with oven mitts and we both agreed that we didn’t think it was strange. And all this time I’ve been practicing driving with two fingers.

Out in Death Valley the thermometer at Furnace Creek has hovered around 130 for the past few days. (Beyond that the thermometer reads, “Are you kidding me?”). A ranger friend emailed me yesterday saying he saw a kangaroo rat picking up seeds from a Joshua Tree with pot holders and saw a Mojave Raven in her nest lay an omelet. Not sure about that last one. Those old rangers tend to exaggerate a tad.

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Putting the gavel down. Congrats to his honor, Ernie LiCalsi. The judge and a few friends, Bruce Norton, Mike Lenneman, Art Adishian and Jim Smith, recently scaled Half Dome in Yosemite. Obviously, on a cooler day, they had a grand view of the Sierras and afterward, his huffing and puffing honor had just two things to say from the top: “Amazing,” and “never again.”

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Hope you have a terrific and safe Independence Day. Lots of fun out at Muni Golf Course with the Parks Department putting on its annual great family event followed by the sky lighting up with a spectacular fireworks show — if you can’t see them, you’ll hear them...


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