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The last two weeks have been a blur, mostly because I was out of practice. 

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Listening to a Seattle sports radio show on Thursday morning, a caller talked about attending Mariners’ Opening Day with her father. It would be the third time since the pandemic they had been together. 

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I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on college basketball. I only tune in during March Madness or when the Washington Huskies have a decent team, which was not this season.   

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My nose remembers the raunchy smell that lingered in the local sports card store I frequented as a kid in Washington. 

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Most ideas come to me while walking the dogs. I’m not sure how that is possible because I’m continually barking their names to control them — mostly Cody’s name. 

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Years ago, I wrote about curling. I used this space to advocate for our local parks and recreation department to organize a curling league. I even did the groundwork and searched for used stones. I was surprised at how costly the sport was. Like all my great ideas, I failed to follow through.

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I hope everybody had an enjoyable Christmas holiday. I certainly did. It’s not often that I get Christmas day entirely off from work, but I did. In fact, since the holiday was on Friday, I got three days off, which resulted in quality time with the pups.  

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Only in 2020 does Lady Human crush me like a grape in fantasy football. CRUSHED. LIKE. A. GRAPE. 

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Please don’t ask me to hang your outdoor Christmas lights this holiday season. I’m not going to do it. No way, no how. I’m keeping both feet on the ground after an incident this week sent me to the emergency room.

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A buddy of mine spent last weekend in Las Vegas celebrating his birthday. I’m not sure if he returned home a wealthier man, but he did share an unexpected dinner with a former Super Bowl champion.

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Pepper Jack is becoming one stubborn pooch. That is what happens when old age sets in. He is, after all, 91 in human years.

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Walking the dogs on Tuesday evening, a car rolled to a stop on Baranof Street. With the air crisp, and my legs bare, and my top only covered with a thin jacket, I was not looking for a conversation. I longed to get back to the heated office as quickly as possible. I could already feel the se…

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When reading Kevin Cash’s explanation on why he pulled Blake Snell in the sixth inning of Game 6 of the World Series, it reminded me of former Kodiak baseball coach Rick Langfitt. 

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The human residents of the Clarkston Zoo have a fondness for crime shows. 

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Surprises. I’m not sure how I feel about them. If it is a surprise cookie — preferably peanut butter chocolate chip — waiting for me at work, I’m all in. If it is a surprise left by a dog, I’m all out.

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Relaxing in the recliner late Wednesday night with Pepper Jack, Lady Human — lounging in the recliner next to me with Cody on her lap — handed me a Kit Kat. 

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My week started with this text message: “Derek, I think you may want to sit down for a little fantasy advice and player picking with Janet this week!!”

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As the alarm went off on my phone, I contemplated remaining in bed. It was 6:30 a.m. on Labor Day, and for those who know me, there is only one 6:30 in the day that I am familiar with, and it’s not the a.m one.

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Impressed. That’s the word that comes to mind when perusing posts on the Adjust Your Altitude — Kodiak Participants Facebook group. 

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A few weeks ago, on one of my walks home from work, I checked in with Grandma C. 

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Dear Santa,