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Yippeee! After 21 months, “The Sopranos” is back. HBO at 9 pm on Sunday. The only problem with watching it is that there almost always is water cooler conversation for the next morning…and not only don’t I have anyone in the office to talk to about it, I don’t even have a water cooler.




It isn’t exactly “First Contact,” but…

How cool is it that scientists have discovered water geysers on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, giving far greater credence to the possibility that there may be some form of life somewhere within our solar system, and (for those of us who want to believe) increasing the probability that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy.

Next thing you know, we’ll be getting reports about a strange monolith being discovered…

Stanley Kubrick and his buddy Hal
Now don't look that abstract…





If you haven’t read the excerpts in this week’s Sports Illustrated from the devastating new book about Barry Bonds and his steroid use, “Game of Shadows,” do so. I ranted about Bonds last week, and don’t want to wear you out. But this guy is an awful human being who cheated seemingly without any sort of crisis of conscience.

Get the bum out of the game. ASAP.




If you’ll permit a father a moment of pride…I’m thrilled to tell you that my eldest son, David, has been named an Irene Ryan Scholarship Candidate based on his performance as Lysander last weekend in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dean College. I don’t know as much about this stuff as I should, but I gather that this is a very big deal in the college theater world…

Having had a short and failed acting career, I have to tell you that there are few greater thrills than seeing my son on stage, in command of his talents and luxuriating in the thrill of a live audience.




I’ve always sort of prided myself on not being susceptible to cute wine bottle labels. But last week, I picked up a bottle of 2004 Three Legged Red from Dunham Cellars in Washington State precisely because of the label – it showed an incredibly cute three-legged dog (hence the name). I owned a three-legged dog for a decade, and loved that dog as much as I’ve ever loved an animal, and I couldn’t help myself.

Pretty good wine, too. Sometimes a cute label works. Sort of like a cute smile…



That’s it for this week.

See you Monday. Sláinte!!

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