Forty-One

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Right.  Forty-one years on Earth, who knows how many more in the cosmos.  In that time I’ve become, counter to popular saying, less set in my ways.  Age isn’t a burden, I’ve found, it’s a release.  No more confusion about

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Tempus Fugit

Kids and Oscar in wagon

Do you know why it’s a shock to parents to see how quickly kids grow up?  Because the difference four and eight is much bigger than the difference between 84 and 88.  Brains and bodies grow fast at first, like

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Water of Life

Whiskey refraction

It takes a special kind of crazy to be a distiller.  Find a grain, persuade it to start sprouting, and dry it out.  Then grind it up, soak it in hot water, and let the sweet juice ferment into something

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The Patient Dog

CH with Oscar

Oscar is a rescue dog who is now part of our family.  He loves kids so much he will be patient for anything, even if he has to be wrapped in a blanket like a burrito and stuffed in a

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The Life of a Restauranteur

Yes, it’s been a while since I posted here.  If you’ve been following Fourpenny House online, on Facebook, or Instagram you will have seen the big push to get funding complete and begin construction while still doing all the baking, brewing,

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The Era of the Career is Over

Folks, we are in a new world, a new economy, that doesn’t have room for sentiment or loyalty.  Fifty years ago you could start a job at a company as a pimple-faced teen and shuffle out the door as a

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Fourpenny House is Coming

Fourpenny prototype logo

Coming soon…   Everyone, I’m opening a restaurant.  Yes, my retirement plan has turned into a mid-life crisis and I will be opening a brewpub in La Mesa.  Over the next weeks you’ll see more information, teasers, and calls for

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Owning an Electric Car

E-Golf front

Last fall I bought a car that runs on the thunderbolts of Zeus.  The fiery plasma at the core of a star is (roughly) the same thing that gets me to Starbucks and lets me stream Pandora while I wait

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Animals!

Perky Oscar

Our house is a zoo now.  Saturday before last I caught a rat in our laundry room.  The rat battle has been hard fought, as they foil my traps and scamper around in the attic, prancing and showing off.  It

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