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About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.

Family Album: Pet Friendly Weekend

After our third wave of house guests, we’re calling it Hotel Lily. It works like this: they can check in any time they like, but we can never leave. No one’s complaining – especially not Lily! We love having this … Continue reading

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It’s Caturday: 4 authors who get it write.

Every morning at first light of dawn, The Countess makes a balletic leap onto our bed and settles herself, sphinx-like, between us. As she swished her tail under my nose this morning, it occurred to me that I have fallen … Continue reading

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Family Album: The Great 98

Life took a small turn towards normal last week when Phyllis was granted a get-out-of-jail-free card to celebrate her 98th birthday. After nearly SEVEN months in captivity at her retirement community, she got the go-ahead for socially-distant socializing during her … Continue reading

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Reports of its demise?

Sorry. I can’t stop thinking about it. Because it seems everyone is talking about it. “LAND OF THE FLEE” screamed the New York Post last week. I guess their earlier and more staid headline “New Yorkers flee in droves” wasn’t … Continue reading

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Family Album: Two Dog Nights

I’m Ace and I have a perfect life in the OC. So why did we have to go anywhere? Something about an “endless lockdown”. What exactly could be wrong with that? I love being with my family all the time! … Continue reading

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Family Album: Change of Scenery!

Lest life in the cocoon be too cozy, we headed down the road last weekend for the first time in a very long time. We’ve barely left our neighborhood in five months, and we¬†hadn’t seen the SoCal family contingent since … Continue reading

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Summer ends; new beginnings.

Is there anything more fleeting than summer? Question for God: Why, the very moment summer begins, do you begin stealing a minute of its light at each end of the day? Good thing Lily pounced on it from the get-go … Continue reading

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Unpopular opinion.

I’m just gonna say it: I still love NYC. I know, I know, everyone is leaving. In droves. And I can’t wait to go back. Every day I have a twinge or two of homesickness for the greatest city in … Continue reading

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Lockdown, Lily-style.

The rest of us would welcome a change at this point. “But why?” wonders Lily. “Things couldn’t be better!” Every day begins with new adventures just beyond the gate: an endless array of bunnies, lizards, gophers and squirrels to hunt … Continue reading

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Vigil.

I’m not good at many things, but – and yes, I’m just going to brag a little bit here – I believe I could win a medal if they held an Olympics for Avoidance and Denial. No one is better … Continue reading

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