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Yearly Archive for 2012

: 2012

Ricky’s Coffee Break

The pattern was established back in the winter of 2003, Ricky’s first Christmas.  Matt, then 22, and Robby, 10, were locked in one of their weird competitions:  Whose gift would Ricky like better? 

Check It Out: Ricky’s Bar & Grill, Hank’s Fine Furniture!

Bet you didn’t know that Ricky’s Bar & Grill in Seattle has “nice healthy options” and “the staff is always very friendly and courteous”?  (Insider Pages)  Or that Hank’s Fine Furniture, with a

The Five Faces of Ricky

Those of you who keep up with Beagle Man might recall a recent comment from Sarah, a loyal follower:  “Have you ever taken pictures of Ricky’s face,” she asked, “when he’s expressing different

Fan Mail

I’ve been writing the Roof Rack Report for over three months now, and I’ve gotta say, the feedback has been a-mazing. Listen to this comment:  You should take part in a contest for one of the best

Santa, You Listening?

This is not my first rodeo.  I know what goes on in this house in December.  Everyone’s sending e-mails to everyone else, complete with links, telling “Santa” what they want for Christmas.  Yesterday

The Mysterious Shakety-Shake

All dogs do it.  Ricky does it.  But what I want to know is why does a dog shake his ears like that? Let’s be clear.  When Ricky comes galloping at me from a distance, ears streaming behind him

Setting the Record Straight

Did it ever occur to anyone around here that the “What Ricky Likes” contest should have been judged by, uh — Ricky? Seriously.  One of the reasons I’m so glad to finally have my own Roof Rack Report

One Shining Moment

It’s time to announce the winner of the “Ricky’s Favorite Things” playoffs, and I have to admit, I’m feeling pret-ty guilty — for two reasons.  One:  Nepotism.  Yes, the winner was Matt, my oldest son

LA/XC-3 — Already???!!!

You’re not gonna believe this, but last week I overheard Beagle Man and Matt talking about LA/XC-3 — the 2013 cross-country road trip.  2013? Didn’t we just get back? Not that I’m complaining.  I

Lewis and Clark

Last Sunday, Ricky and I discovered a brand-new hiking area.  Well, all right, we didn’t actually discover it.  My friend Sarah, who has China the chow chow, told me about it, but Ricky and I did have