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How to be married for 25 years

Wedding 1990 - 1My wife and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We realize we’ve accomplished something remarkable, because many marriages don’t last as long as ours. Our marriage has even lasted longer than both of our parents’ first marriages.

We don’t claim to be relationship experts, and we’ve made our fair share of mistakes. We’ve found a few things that work.
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2015 Parody: American Pie

Original American Pie 45 single (image from Flickr)

Fortunately, this parody only comes in one part.

Yes, this song has been parodied before (and so well that Don McLean himself has accidentally sung the lyrics). With all the crazy stuff that happened this year, “American Pie” is the only song that can cover it all. (And with a few weeks left to this year, who knows what other crazy stuff can still happen?) This song takes a while, so sit back and enjoy.

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My holiday musical ugly sweaters

By Sgt. Quentin Johnson ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAt times like these, we need some holiday music to lift our spirits, like the top 10 holiday songs that I posted last year. There are some holiday songs we should avoid. This is a list of what I call “musical ugly sweaters.” These songs are played every holiday season, but they are annoying, unlistenable, or just plain bizarre. These songs can bring the “Bah, humbug” out of anyone. These are listed in no particular order, except they’re all the bottom of my holiday music list.

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No NFL in LA

Reseda High School FootballIt has been an exciting weekend of football in the Los Angeles area. We were treated to a Thanksgiving full of NFL games on TV. We had the USC-UCLA game (which the Bruins lost, unfortunately). High school football playoffs are nearing their championships.

And we may be close to having one or more NFL teams back in Los Angeles. Three teams that used to play here — the Chargers, Raiders, and Rams — have expressed interest and are working on various proposals. The NFL seems determined to make this happen.

And as a long-time Los Angeles-area football fan, I’d like to say, “No, thank you.”

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Why I won’t unfriend you despite your abhorrent posts

Arguing about politics on social media accomplishes nothingIn the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, I read a number of Facebook posts that made me sick to my stomach. Even worse, a number of them were from friends I’ve known for years.

I could have done what some of my other friends have done and blocked and unfriended people who made posts like that. I could have invoked Godwin’s Law and called them a bunch of knuckle-dragging Nazis. Instead, I scrolled past those posts. I didn’t do it because I was afraid of confronting them or to give them my silent consent. I did it because I didn’t want to be part of the problem.

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