Back to School

his year, Back to School is a really big deal. As of today, Jackson- turning 14 next month- is a Freshman at Analy High School. Molly, halfway to 12, had her first day of middle school today. Laura and Grandma Sally have spent their day sobbing and...

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The Dog Days of Summer

f I'm being honest (and I try to be) I hate August. We are as far from spring and fall as you can get and- if you follow this blog at all- you know those are my favorite times of the year. Business is erratic and slow as everyone tries to get in...

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What My Kids Got to Do On Summer Break

e all remember that question on the  first day of the new school year: "What did you do this summer, Billy?" Inevitably, the cool answers were things like Disneyland, summer camp and rich grandparents' estates. We even had two separate friends that...

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The Nicest thing Happened Today…

very once in a while something happens that restores my faith in humanity. I was working on renewing a few of our VF Subscribers today. I typically do this around the 3rd week of the month as it is the slowest sales week. Why is that, you ask?...

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Old Rockers Never Die…

usic has always been a big part of my life. My earliest memories were really centered around two things: KNBR AM Radio and the Petaluma Fairgrounds. This will come as a shock to some of you- and certainly to anyone under 30- but prior to about 1990...

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He’s Got My Back! (Barter Part 5)

arter continues to be a theme that resonates in many aspects of our business. It's been a while since I wrote anything about it. Over the past few months I have bartered for plumbing, carpentry, fish, and soon tax work ( I promise, John!). I am...

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