jtaylor's picture
Friday, January 18, 2008 - 9:41am

I remember having breakfast in Sacramento some years back, with then -Assembly Speaker Willie Brown at the table across from me. About every third word in his conversation included the F-bomb.

Politics, like football in the rain, gets pretty mucky. Which reminds me of a Steve Wiegand column in today's Sacramento Bee about an oddity that speaks volumes about the people we elect (and pay about $116,000 a year, plus more than $160 a day for expenses while they're "in session").

jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 3:54pm

Beware people who list themselves as "futurists." They can be wickedly fun, insightful and terribly wordy.

Case in point, Ian Morrison. I've heard him speak twice, and just finished reading a ridiculously long Power Point presentation he made at a California Association of Public Hospitals event (available at )

wholderman's picture
Monday, January 14, 2008 - 2:39pm

Well, it felt like it anyway. Have you ever driven out on Auberry Road up to Millerton Store? In a car, I never noticed the gradual and persistent uphill grade for approximatley 12 miles until my husband encouraged me to ride my new carbon-fiber bicycle (that is so light I can pick it up with one finger) with him yesterday. He has been encouraging me to stay fit, ride with him more, and has been gently challenging me to take some new paths.

jtaylor's picture
Monday, January 14, 2008 - 2:00pm

Five months and one day after blowing out my left knee at Hank Swanks driving range, I was back whacking Sunday -- just my irons, even after surgery and a leg brace, I'm still not ready to torque up my woods.

Speaking of having a shaky leg to stand on, California is not alone when it comes to having to dig huge divots out of its state budget.  The Washington Post said at least 13 states, including California, New York and New Jersey, are facing huge deficits, and another 12 states are also in trouble.

wholderman's picture
Friday, January 11, 2008 - 9:39am

.....irritability, temperament changes, biting questions, subjective assumptions, mood swings, bloating....well, it's not what you're thinking. The time of the month I'm referring to is the dreaded "month end close"!