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Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:57pm

I don't know what you do when you dislocate your kneecap, but I apparently try to interview everyone up until the time a good doctor taps Humpty-Dumpty back together.


I was enjoying the surprise of hammering drives straight and 210 yards when one John Daly-like weight shift too many splayed me onto Hank Swank's driving range with the lateral side of my left knee looking like a cockeyed stack of poker chips. The chatter started (right after the first shout).


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Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 1:13pm

I've crunched a few sprinkler heads and nearly torn a driver's side door off its hinges while, presumably, carefully backing up my car.  The experiences left me irritated with myself, and a few hundred dollars poorer.


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Monday, August 13, 2007 - 6:27pm

Everyone smokes -- dawn till dusk -- around kids, while pregnant, even the gynecologist smokes while performing internals.


And, when the man of the house gets home late from drinking too many Manhattans in a dark-paneled steakhouse, the little woman chirps: There's a bacon and egg sandwich on the range.


Such period atmospherics are part and parcel of the 13-episode AMC TV series "Mad Men," named after the Madison Avenue ad executives, who treated ethics, health and women as doormats.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 8:36am

This is about perfume, antifreeze and the Food and Drug Administration. It's about the perception of safety, who establishes that perception and, of course, reality.


I always thought that melamine was something used to make heat-resistant plates and nice countertops. But it's also a protein-additive/contaminant used by China to enhance pet food, resulting in untold numbers of animal deaths this year.


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Monday, August 6, 2007 - 2:00pm

"It's not the responsibility of the federal government to provide womb-to-tomb health care for America. " -- Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, Aug. 5, 2007 debate in Des Moines.


Which reminded me of what an Irish tour guide told me when I asked why taxes there were so high (currently a 20% rate on the first roughly $47k earned by a single person, and 41% on anything earned above that).