Mother’s Day at Cedar Creek in Brea, California

Mother’s Day at Cedar Creek in Brea, California

May 13, 2007, Mother’s Day Brunch at Cedar Creek, Brea California. 20 Pointe Dr. Brea, Calif. 92821 Phone: 714.255.5600 This restaurant is definitely up scale and one of my favorites because it is just comfortable to dine here. It is located in a quiet area of Brea, spacious surroundings, parking is easy, and access is easy. I called late and was amazed at getting in for this very important day of the year. My wife, naturally, daughter and I attended…

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Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon

Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon

Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon is a nation wide chain of restaurants. 1222E. Irvine Blvd. Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-508-9280 We had dinner here May 10, 2007. My wife and I shared a split. A split is where two or more people at the table cut up what they order and share pieces of their meal with other members of the party. This is a great way to not get stuck with a bad dish if one turns out to…

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Surgery on Whiskers.

Surgery on Whiskers.

On May 9th Whiskers is put under the knife. The diagnosis was chylothorax, pleural effusion.  They cut the sack surrounding the heart and causing part of this heart problem. The surgeons try to attach the thoracic duct but find more than one duct. They cut out all but one, I believe not knowing which one is leaking into the lungs. They take a fatty tissue from the abdomen and put it in line with the duct to help in some…

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Whiskers needs surgery.

Whiskers needs surgery.

We were notified to come down and meet with the medical staff. We arrived and were told that our cat had a heart murmur and most importantly his lungs were filling with fluid which we already knew. They did not know what was causing this and requested that we consent to surgery. We were given a 50% chance that the surgery would succeed. (Later, the surgeon told us their track record was close to 80% success). My wife asked me…

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Large vs small, state vs private colleges

Large vs small, state vs private colleges

State educational institutions typically under perform private institutions for attracting top students and gaining financial endowments for a number of reasons. For proof of this allegation, one only needs to look at the college and university rankings offered by some of the major news and business magazines. This division of performance, or stated differently, making a longer continuum ruler of differences, perpetuates the current society condition of the rich getting more and the have not categories of our society never…

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Newsweek article reveals Virginia Tech incapable of good internal communications.

Newsweek article reveals Virginia Tech incapable of good internal communications.

In the April 30th issue of Newsweek in the article devoted to “Making of a Massacre” numerous examples were made describing not one but just about all of the bureaucratic offices could not effectively communicating with one another. For anyone that has worked for a college or university it just might not surprise that body of people. The reason? Colleges and universities are based upon the military model of leadership. It is top down command. Lateral communication is possible but…

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Book review of Noam Chomsky’s Failed States.

Book review of Noam Chomsky’s Failed States.

This is an extremely important book for the American people to read and understand.  I fear that what this book describes will come to nothing because of a number of small little aspects that work together to thwart this important message from getting out and being fully appreciated by those who do read it. I think the author has done a disservice to this country because the message he conveys is on the one hand so extremely important but his…

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Blowing My Cover My Life As A CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran.

Blowing My Cover My Life As A CIA Spy by Lindsay Moran.

This book was a girly girl read from beginning to end. Being a guy, I still found this a mildly entertaining read but I was put off by all of the references to this is how I felt at the moment type of dribble that some women love to expound upon. Then there is the group dynamics that are reported on from the author’s perspective, another female trait. Men do this too, but usually more succinctly and with less importance….

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Whiskers the cat

Whiskers the cat

My wife and daughter had noticed one of our two cats was breathing heavily and rather quickly. On May 25, my daughter and I took the cat to the local vet. As soon as the veterinarian came into the room he spotted right away the breathing problem and without an x-ray pronounced the expectation that Whiskers was only using about twenty percent of his lung capacity. He took X-rays and the lungs were full of fluid to such and extent…

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Arbitrary job guidelines.

Arbitrary job guidelines.

The state of California campus systems have job position guidelines. HR units on each campus will use those to set campus standards for hiring and for job evaluations, called desk audits. One staff member thought he qualified for being a TV Engineer. He currently held the position of Equipment Technician III. He was told by HR that only one TV Engineer was allowed on any state campus. That is in the state documents. The bad: after he retired, he found…

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