Has anyone seen the New American Gladiators television show hosted by none other than Hulk Hogan? I think it’s Miss Possible’s latest addition to our DVR.. And let me stress DVR. The show is an hour long if you watch it live.. but record it, and you can usually squeeze the entire thing into about 20 minutes after you cut all the commentary, interviews and other nonsense.

It’s just as good as the original with some new events and stunts.. so if you were a fan then — you’ll likely be a fan now.


I tell ya, we really lucked out last year. Between the time that we moved to California in October 2007 through October 2008, I believe it rained no more than 30 days during the entire year. And most of these days, it would rain for a few hours — then clear up.

This winter is much more “normal” — from what I’ve heard. It rained half the month of December and I think it’s been sunny maybe 7 or 8 days here in January. And when I say rain, I mean it rains — non stop, solid rain for the entire day.

It’s been raining like this for at least the last 3 days. I’m not too heartbroken.. 50 degree rain is better than 10 degree wind, snow and ice.. It’s also nice, too, because rainy days make the sunny days that much better.

The weather was starting to get a little boring — I’m glad we can mix it up a little out here.

Something Stirring in the Night

Every once in a while, Bogart will wake up in the middle of the night and start barking for no apparent reason. Perhaps he heard someone walk by our window or maybe the house creaked and he got spooked. Either way, it’s usually innocuous.

At a little past 4:00am on the Sunday before last, the barking began once again. I awoke to see Bogart barking at the window which was glowing with an alternating pattern of blue and white lights.

“Put your hands on the Dashboard, where I can see them” boomed a deep voice from the darkness. At this point, I had realized that for once, Bogart was actually alerting us to possible danger rather than the loud rumble of the garbage truck.

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Back in the Saddle

While I am still in Boston, it is the New Year and I thought it was fitting to write a little something up here on the Diatribe. I wish I had some sort of tally for the number of towns visited, miles driven, gallons of gasoline consumed, dollars spent and other miscellanea, but I don’t. It was a fun (but exhausting) vacation — and I’ll be happy to head back to California.

The weather is just starting to turn cold back here in The Bean — a whopping 17 degrees predicted for the high tomorrow.. it’s time to head back to California. Bogart adapted well to the flight out to Boston — and from what I hear — was even better on the flight back.

It was great seeing everyone and I just wanted to say Happy New Year to all the Diatribe Readers out there.