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About polloplayer

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

Giving thanks for thankful giving.

Lest you mistakenly think there are no seasons in southern CA, welcome to fall in our neighborhood: Of course, it is a study in contrasts. While the liquidambars smolder, I do still have two baby tomatoes trying their best to … Continue reading

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Waiting to walk the Brooklyn Bridge

It is a spectacularly beautiful day in Southern California, but I am, once again, in a New York state of mind. Winter is closing in there, and thus, our window for any hope of visiting again any time soon. I … Continue reading

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Family Album: San Francisco.

Well, let’s just say there are currently no little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars. Tony Bennett may have to sing a new tune about that city by the Bay. After the relaxed and almost festive atmosphere of Paso … Continue reading

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Brief detour for a pilgrimage.

There’s really nothing remarkable about the stretch of Highway 101 heading north from Paso Robles. More adventurous souls would cut over to Highway 1 and bask in the amazing coastal views. Absolutely worth the price of admission, but the route … Continue reading

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Road trip: Paso Robles

Welp. It wasn’t exactly easy to put it together, but it turns out if you plan and you’re lucky you can whine wine all you want amidst COVID life. Planning is definitely key. We started putting this trip together weeks … Continue reading

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Pardon us, we’re molting.

It’s raining feathers. Step out into the chicken yard these days and it looks like someone ripped open a down comforter – feather confetti everywhere, every day. It’s been going on for weeks. Not an egg has been laid since … Continue reading

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My new best friend.

At least once a day someone – usually me – makes the slip of the tongue, which may actually be a slip of the heart. “Chloe”, we say, fully intending to summon Lily. Ah, it is hard to let go, … Continue reading

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14,600 days…and counting.

I guess it’s 14,610 if you count leap years. That’s a lot of water under the bridge. A whole lot of spilt milk. Ups, downs and sideways and where oh where did the time go? Happy 40th to us! How … Continue reading

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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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