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Brad Stanhope

Let’s bring Stanhope Syndrome into open

It’s not that I want the attention. It’s only that I occasionally suffer from a malady that has been in the shadows too long and lacks a name. I suggest calling it Stanhope Syndrome. About a month ago, I had a flare-up. If you’ve had one, you know how difficult it is – both physically […]

Let’s make presidential debates even better

The Republican presidential candidate debate earlier this month on the Fox News Channel captured the attention of Americans more than any debate since the great “Flame Broiling vs. Frying” fast-food conflict of the 1980s. The reason was obvious: Donald Trump. The former United States Football League team owner brought drama and theatrics to the television […]

Ranking greatest (and worst) generations

By now, we’re indoctrinated: The people who fought in World War II, then returned to build the United States into the greatest nation in the world are “The Greatest Generation.” All others must bow down to them, because they’re clearly the . . . no! Wait a minute! Who gave former NBC News anchorman Tom […]

New planet will make you younger, heavier

In case you missed the big news, we have a new planetary relative: Earth’s “bigger, older cousin.” Mrs. Brad and I are already planning a vacation to Planet Oliver (explanation in next paragraph), where I will be heavier and younger (explanation later). But still . . . a planetary relative! It’s like finding out you […]

Troy, me and the magical device

It was the summer before fifth grade when my best friend, Troy, and I combined our money and sent away for the greatest item ever. Troy, who lived down the street, saw it in a comic book: A portable communication device. It was perfect. Long before the cellphone era, we could talk at any time. […]

July 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Characters continue after spotlight fades

One-hit wonder author Harper Lee last week dropped her biggest bombshell since she revealed that “To Kill a Mockingbird” wasn’t a hunting book. In her sequel to her only novel, Lee presents “TKAM” (in the publishing industry, we love acronyms) hero Atticus Finch as a racist. Yes, the character that Gregory Peck portrayed in the iconic movie […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Learning about love from a TV dating show

I’ve got plenty of excuses – it doesn’t mean anything. I do it as a tradeoff for the sports that Mrs. Brad watches. Our house is small, so I can’t really ignore it. But the next paragraph is the truth. I watch “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” With Mrs. Brad, of course. Because, well . . .  re-read the […]

July 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cars, buses, trains and me: A memoir

On a ride home on BART last week, I began to sweat. Since I’m a diabetic, my first presumption of every significant sweating episode is that I have low blood sugar – it’s a common symptom. I had tested my blood before I left my office in San Francisco. It was fine. But now I […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Trains, sports memories and ‘whitesploitation’

It’s the final Sunday of the first half of the last year of the first half of the second decade of the first century of the third millennium. What better time to empty the columnist’s notebook with the topics du jour? Let’s roll . . . • • • Of all the things I like […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Join me in making America great again

I’ve never been particularly good at standing up to peer pressure, which is why I followed all my friends off the bridge during the famous 1985 Lemming Incident. That was, of course, a couple of years after I joined everybody that one night and Wang Chunged. So when it became obvious that I was in danger of […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Up Cache Creek without a paddle

Maybe we should have paid more attention to the fact that the liability release we had to sign mentioned the word “death” seven times. (Rafting tip: Pay attention to the details.) It was a week ago, on a camping trip with folks from Mrs. Brad’s office, a friendly, enthusiastic bunch that was ready to have fun floating […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Strange days for Warriors fans

Sports fans are strange. They love success, but resent those who celebrate it with them. Take the Golden State Warriors, who play the second game Sunday in a previously unthinkable NBA Finals. After years as a Bay Area sports version of that cool band with a few hardcore fans, they’re now The Black Eyed Peas. Everybody […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Eyebrow cure worse than the problem

She said she wouldn’t laugh. Then she laughed so hard she couldn’t speak, which just goes to show you: Never let your wife apply eyeliner to your brows. Wait. There’s a story behind it. There’s always a story behind it. It starts several years ago when I realized that my eyebrows (or iBrows, if the […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Name your job? Maybe the other way around

It turns out that your name might be your destiny. Or at least there’s a correlation. According to a study done by Verdunt Labs (which is also a good description of a green Labrador retriever, assuming that you’re OK with misspelling “verdant”), there is a connection between names and professions. The group studied the Social Security […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cautionary tale about using spell check

Many years ago, in a story that lives in infamy within the halls of the Daily Republic, the spell-check function on our computers was given too much power and we paid for it. And I say “our” and “we” in the most royal way possible, since I wasn’t involved. At all. Thankfully. The result was catastrophic, […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Lawsuits, ‘Mad Men’ finale and more

Time to empty out the columnist notebook with notes, quotes and anecdotes. It’s Mother’s Day, which is appropriate, since this is the mother of all notes columns. On to the topics du jour . . . • • • The Golden State Warriors and ticket-seller website StubHub are involved in a lawsuit that every fan […]

May 10, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Calico’s legacy lives on to this day

She lived a full life, representative of her era: She ate a lot, was promiscuous and stayed out late. Yet she was beloved. Today would have been her 50th birthday. She was gone too soon. I write, of course, about Calico, my childhood dog. I don’t know her death date, which is lost to history (sometime in early […]

May 03, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Those addictive, terrible, wonderful smartphones

Don’t let technology enslave you! #PutYourPhoneDown. It’s a quandary, isn’t it? Even those of us who make fun of kids having their noses in their smartphones become slaves to technology. If you don’t believe it, look up from your phone and look around. The other day, I went walking outside my office complex and wasn’t surprised. […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Who is the Bay Area’s most popular athlete?

The Golden State Warriors are the best team as the NBA playoffs start. They’re the most exciting team in their sport. They have a charismatic star who will be named the league’s most valuable player in a couple of weeks, a player who is perhaps the league’s most popular. But he’s the second-most-popular active athlete […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Does the ordre of letters in a word mattre?

For the past several years, a behind-the-scenes war played out between the acting world and traditional media. The issue: Spelling. Of one specific word. Is it “theater” or “theatre?” It’s “theater,” of course, but not everyone agrees. The tension is particularly rampant in Fairfield-Suisun, because the drama groups all decided to spell their facilities wrong. At […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Missing silverware mystery not so mysterious

It was like a science fiction movie where people start disappearing, but no one realizes it’s widespread. Except it was spoons, forks and plates, not people. And it was only at the homes of people who have a certain type of resident: High school and college-age students. It’s chilling. And it happened to us. Mrs. Brad […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cheers for Jupiter – and roller derby

It’s time to give Jupiter some props: Like a bodyguard in school who keeps the goons away, the planet may have cleared the way for Earth. To exist. At least according to scientists, whom I never question. Even when they insist that canals exist on Mars, draining blood can cure illnesses or that a walk is as good as […]

March 29, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s hope comments let off steam

A longtime radio host once expressed it simply: “I love the listeners, hate the callers.” My feelings aren’t that strong, but sometimes they get close. Not about callers, but about some of the people who post comments on this and other websites. Calling someone a “troll” is now a cliché, but spend a few minutes or hours reading the […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Like Churchill said, always tell the truth

Can we trust anyone with the news? In the wake of NBC’s six-month suspension of Brian Williams for embellishing the truth about a helicopter incident in Iraq came word that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is accused of telling untruths about the danger he was in while covering hostilities in Argentina, El Salvador and Northern Ireland. […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Love for DST, Suisun City; not Smokey Bear

Today marks the official turning of the seasons in Solano County: From gloomy to sunny. We have pleasant winters here, but the start of daylight saving time – extending sunlight into the evening – makes it an even better place. I’m a longtime proponent of daylight saving time, much to the chagrin of some people who would apparently prefer to live in […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Calling someone a ‘smoker’ is hilarious

Mrs. Brad just couldn’t stop laughing. I wasn’t sure why. She gets that way sometimes. Finally . . . after I asked what was so funny and she started and stopped several times because she was laughing so hard . . . she told me. “I said ‘OK, smoker,’ ” she said. Then she started laughing […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

What message should we send aliens?

You may have heard the shocking story: Scientists are considering whether we should change our approach to contacting extraterrestrials. After decades of figuratively sitting by the phone, waiting for ET to call, many scientists (when they’re not creating toothpaste to make our teeth whiter) now say we should send out messages. We should do the calling! Not […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time doesn’t diminish power of a watch

When does a boy become a man? When he turns 18 or 21? When he graduates from high school? When he drives? When he has sex? When he marries or fathers a child? When he moves out and can pay his own bills? When he acquires some symbol of manhood? Who knows? But I discovered what […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s rank top 10 holidays on calendar

The worst major holiday of the year is this Saturday: Valentine’s Day. Being the worst holiday of the year isn’t necessarily bad. It’s like being the worst cupcake in a bakery or the worst player on a championship team. Valentine’s Day is great holiday if you’re young, in love and creative. If you’re single, it’s a […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Everything you need to know about Super Bowl

America’s greatest national holiday is today, when we watch Katy Perry sing a medley of songs that we vaguely recognize, laugh and cry after watching 30-second commercials and pass judgment on Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth as announcers. Oh, and watch two teams that are not very likeable play for the championship. The start of […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,
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