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Ricky’s Coffee Break

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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?  Matt had stashed away three french fries from a recent visit to the Diner, which he covered with a paper napkin and […] [Read More]
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Check It Out: Ricky’s Bar & Grill, Hank’s Fine Furniture!

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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 whole bunch of locations in the South, has been repeatedly voted “the Best of the Best place to buy furniture in Arkansas, […] [Read More]
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The Five Faces of Ricky

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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 emotions — like happy, excited, hungry, frightened?” Unfortunately, I told her, a beagle’s expression always seems to be the same.  Unlike, say, […] [Read More]
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Fan Mail

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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 blogs on the web.  I will recommend this site. Sweet!  That one comes from a follower called “Where […] [Read More]
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Santa, You Listening?

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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 I overheard Beagle Man telling Greg he’d like a Muhammad Wilkerson jersey.  How pathetic is that?!  He couldn’t come up with a […] [Read More]
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The Mysterious Shakety-Shake

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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 Dumbo-style — that’s not what I’m talking about.  When he tries to “kill” one of his […] [Read More]
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Setting the Record Straight

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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 is that after hearing for over a year about what I supposedly think and what I supposedly […] [Read More]
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One Shining Moment

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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 — with a perfect score of 30.  I obviously should have realized that in a contest of this nature, family […] [Read More]
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LA/XC-3 — Already???!!!

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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 could be on the road 365 days a year and be perfectly happy.  The thing is, though, I’m not sure I […] [Read More]
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Lewis and Clark

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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 the whole place to ourselves on Sunday.  Well, all right, not exactly to ourselves — but there certainly […] [Read More]
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