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Still Licking

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My L.A. friend Ilene — we grew up together in Teaneck, NJ — calls me “Wanderlust Dude.”  She’s amazed that every year, within 48 hours after returning from my cross-country road trip, I’ve driven to Montauk, or Vermont, or someplace else that takes a car to get to — after having spent the previous four […] [Read More]
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Sa-Jack, Meet Ric-Kemba

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I’ve been thinking about Sa-Jack, my roommate back in my fraternity days, because later this week is my birthday — and two days later, his.   Sa-Jack, these days, looks like Jon Stewart, and like Jon Stewart, he’s a pretty funny guy.  Always was.  One of his best routines, back in the day, was his riff […] [Read More]
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Kemba Gets $48M Deal!

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It’s Sunday night, and there’s Beagle Man watching his Knicks, once again, on TV.  They’re playing the Charlotte Hornets, whose star is — you guessed it — UConn’s own Kemba Walker!  And watching from the green couch, riveted by his every move?  Yup!  His namesake:  Kemba Herman!  I know, cute, right?  (The B-Man mentioned just […] [Read More]
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The Amazing, Miraculous “New Puppy” Weight-Loss Diet!

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This is incredible!  I’ve lost 4.6 pounds — I swear! — since bringing Kemba home with me last Saturday!  That’s even more impressive than the results of my inaugural LA/XC Diet™ back in 2011, when I dropped 5 pounds (because I often skipped meals to make my 500 miles a day), but that was over […] [Read More]
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He’s Coming Home

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Lots of fuss and excitement leading up to Beagle Man’s trip to Portland, Maine, this weekend to pick up the little whippersnapper.  The whole household is in an uproar.  A week ago B-Man bought virtually every toy in Choice Pet Supply that was not made in China, as well as pretty much everything else in […] [Read More]
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LA/XC-4: First Peek

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* * * COUNTDOWN:  169 DAYS TO LA/XC-4 * * * Jk about starting the countdown already.  I mean, I won’t even have a dog yet for another two weeks.  But as I’ve learned from LA/XC-1, -2, and -3, it’s never too early to begin planning.  And part of the prep, of course, means getting […] [Read More]
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The Last Lonesome Hike

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On our way up to Vermont Thursday night (Yes, Beagle Man fans — MTK season is over; VT season has begun ), I told Carol that since Friday was supposed to be a gorgeous, sunny fall day, and I’d heard foliage was the best in years, I was going to hike up Bromley Mountain.  “And,” […] [Read More]
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What Do Kemba Walker, Stella Herman, Ricky the Beagle, and Kemba the Toller Have In Common?

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                  Five days after returning from my Halifax pick-the-puppy tour, I got this comment on my blog from Meg, a close friend of Carol’s since high school: Hank: I’m on a ferry from PEI to Nova Scotia and talking to a couple with a toller… great dog….showed […] [Read More]
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