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I remember hearing this long joke about football off of a record when I was pretty little.
This still makes me laugh.
RIP Andy Griffith :(...
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His Hamlet is pretty good, too.
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Great place for coffee and smoothies... Thanks to Cliff for the tip.
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are you sure we didn't dream it?
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I'm not a coffee drinker, but I know a few :).
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Sorry, the idea of mornings without coffee is too stressful.  But I'll keep those ideal cortisol troughs in mind when I need my 2nd cup :)
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about time...kudos to the US AG for going after these guys.
I don't think any serious soccer fan doubted that FIFA was rife with corruption...it seemed to be a situation that no one liked but no one seemed able to do anything about.
The magnitude of the bribes is pretty staggering though...that's a lot of money to launder.

During my trip to WC 2006, we sat with the Portuguese delegation at the Portugal Angola match...picking up tickets on the street before the game. Similarly at WC 1998, sat in the Nigerian band section even though we were all wearing opposing teams' colors.

Later finding out that this one entrepreneurial scalper got around 10k tickets from various delegations...and does this every 4 years.
Relative to the allegations going on now, the black market for tickets, which basically went back to the pockets of various countries' federation administrators, seems a minor concern.
Zurich's Baur au Lac, the preferred hotel of FIFA executives, was raided in the early ...
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Wow... Finally headed in here for lunch.... Very tasty. It's hidden here behind main drag on Saratoga village... Not many seats... But food is great! Gavin: "We should go here every day! "
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Sounds good already. We'll go try it out. Just moved to Cupertino and this place you recommend is not far away from home. Thanks for the info.
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David Letterman is no soccer fan, but there have been some funny soccer bits on his show...here's the top 10 from MLSsoccer.com.
On Wednesday, legendary late-night TV host David Letterman hangs up his cleats, so to speak, after more than 30 years behind the desk. In honor of his retirement, we count down the Top 10 (!) soccer m
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How low can you go?
try 0.625 Gallons/minute low!
We just got one...and I'm impressed (yes, we confirmed the flow rate...it was around 0.6 to 0.7...close enough.
It's actually an improvement over the 2Gallon/minute head that we had on it.
It has a simple adjust nob to adjust the focus of the water and it works nicely.
It was a little expensive $75...compared to the next best option:
the High Sierra 1.25Gall/min for $35 or so.
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2nd one ordered!
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Cool videos showing the upgrade of the Matterhorn.
This is my favorite amusement park ride...memories of first riding it with my sister when we were little. Also, the boys' first coaster...they were 2 and barely tall enough and people were looking at us as if we were crazy taking them on...but they loved it...the Abominable Snowman made an impression on them then (and the old one didn't even move).
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Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone!
Also, thanks to UEFA (not the same as FIFA btw) for scheduling the Champions League Final on my birthday...what a swell bunch of guys.
I did get a great and timely surprise gift from my Amelia and the boys...a Juventus Pirlo jersey...perfetto! great timing...kick off in 2 hrs.
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A belated Happy Birthday, Mark! Glad it was a good one!
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Tomorrowland the movie (which I have yet to see) is built around some of Walt Disney's ideas for E.P.C.O.T....no not the Epcot at Disney World which is what they built instead.

Esquire has a piece on the subject of E.P.C.O.T....and many Disney biographies go into the demise of the concept after Disney's death...but the Esquire article links to a fabulous web site that chronicles the subject in great detail:
https://sites.google.com/site/theoriginalepcot/

Check it out for the original promotional video that Walt made just a month or so before his death...it was used to sell the concept, but without him around it was pretty much dead.

The idea is still ahead of its time.
Before EPCOT there was Project X, Florida's first utopian metropolis.
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Water cost of different foods...of course the most popular stuff needs the most water.
Apples, tomatoes, potatoes, and raspberries aren't so bad though.
The average American consumes more than 300 gallons of California water each week by eating food that was produced there.
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Fascinating survey by ESPN on world-wide sports team salaries.
PSG tops the list at $9.1M a year for average salary.

San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) are in there at #298 at $179k above most of the Scottish, Chinese and Japanese soccer league teams.
Upper tier MLS teams are in the $500k range which puts them near 
the bottom of Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), and Serie A (Italy).
Toronto is tops of MLS at $891k at #204.

EPL's Crystal Palace brings up the rear of EPL at #177 at $1.7M right there with the bottom of the NFL with 
Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
Yes, the average Hull City player makes more than the average Dallas Cowboy!

Tampa Bay Rays bring up the rear for MLB at $2.3M at #132.

India's IPL Cricket league is right in there with NBA and MLB, actually 2nd overall to NBA and above MLB in average salary across the league!

The salaries move smoothly from #330 up to #11 then there's a jump to #10 with Arsenal (EPL) at $7M.
At that point the list is dominated by soccer powerhouses with only Yankees #9 $7.3M and Dodgers #5 at $8M.

NBA is right in the top region pretty tightly around $4M except for two outliers Orlando ($2.8M) and Philadelphia ($2.2M).

This leaves out some 2nd division soccer leagues such as the English Championship and Bundesliga 2, Serie B, and Segunda that would likely push out many of the teams from #275 down.
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Passport to Dreams Old & New: An EPCOT Generation Manifesto
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There are no photos of me at EPCOT Center. There are photos of me at Epcot '95 and Epcot 2000 and just plain old lower-case Epcot - that low

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Bay Area Maker Faire 2012: CrashSpace Display
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Here's a look at a CrashSpace display - some neat flip books. I wrote an article featuring CrashSpace in the May 2011 issue of CQ magazine.

When do we hit the point of no return for climate change?
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Connie was our realtor for both selling our previous house and buying our new house. She's very thorough and dedicated and easy to work with. She communicates well and is unflappable dealing with all the people and personalities involved in getting a property sold and buying one. She helped us with contractors and handyman recommendations. Would highly recommend her as your realtor.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Good deep dish pizza. Family friendly. Would go again. not as good as zachary's though. zachary's sauce is better, otherwise pretty similar.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Great is all I can say...we were here for 36 days due to a move/renovation. We had 2 kids and 2 of us and the 2 bed/2bath suite was excellent...great space, privacy, nice kitchenette and living area. The staff is great, very friendly and helpful. the breakfasts aren't fancy but convenient. location is pretty good for a lot of places in the south bay. Highly recommended.
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reviewed 9 months ago
My boys love New England clam chowder and Chowder house did not disappoint them. I had the shrimp po-boy which was very good as well (growing up near New Orleans, it's rare to find a good po-boy anywhere else, but this one was pretty close to it). Our server was very good and service was relatively quick.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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San Jose Tree Service kicks ass! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Robert, their arborist, came out for a quote the same day. The price was very reasonable. We had another service price taking down the 5 medium size trees...they wanted $1400 because they were a little precarious (which is true). San Jose tree service did that and about 5 other more precarious trees they identified for $1750...and they said they'd do it no matter how hard it's raining and they came on 2014-12-11 (a deluge in the bay area) and it was raining SHEETS here. They were early, fast and clean. A+ Will definitely be using them in the future.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
Very friendly and helpful service and great food at reasonable prices. Our boys loved it although they were very wary of food they don't recognize. it was pretty busy because of the Sharks' crowd. Sitting on the outdoor patio was nice.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good selection of soccer cleats/shoes and replica jerseys. Family run business with great service.
Quality: GoodAppeal: GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago