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It’s two weeks after Valentine’s Day and, as so often happens, couples break up. This is the story of one such break up… ours. Lest your jaw drop into your lap, let me assure you right up front that my wife Kathy and I are still together and very happy. She’s planning birthday things for me, we’re pondering our next trip, and the home improvement project that we want to launch this spring is gaining traction by the day. We’re happy… very happy… I told her so just this morning, while she was sleeping peacefully. Our relationship is all good.

Kathy and I broke up with our TV provider yesterday. They were the first TV provider that we had in our new home, so the relationship was nearing the 3 year mark. I don’t want to mention the company, but I will say that I was very direct in my communication with their legal representative (read that as hourly employee if you will, but technically the person was legally representing the TV provider during the call).

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The new season is just around the corner and as a fan of the game, I’m excited. I grew up playing baseball and it’s always been my favorite sport to watch, both in person and on TV. You read that right; for me, baseball trumps football… every time.

Even though I’m a fan, and a big fan as my confession above would so indicate, I think watching a baseball game these days is somewhat painful. I still watch it, but I don’t enjoy it nearly as much and I’m trying to figure out why.

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I went to bed with a book last night. Granted, not nearly as much fun as a buxom forty year old, but my wife is roaming around the Bigfoot haunted woods of northwestern Washington this week on a job related assignment and won’t be back home until Sunday morning. A good book seemed like the best option.

The book, a mystery thriller, was one from my childhood that I read for the first time in third or fourth grade. I was most likely 8 or 9 at the time. The book was the second installment in a series by Robert Arthur called, The Three Investigators. I’d just finished book one, The Secret of Terror Castle, a few days earlier and was several chapters into book two, The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot.

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My grandson turned 2 this week. That’s right, two. It was a big day for him, perhaps a bigger day for me. You see, I’m at that point in life when you realize that things in my world 10 years from now are going to look very different. Thankfully, I’m in good health, but Father Time remains undefeated. (He’ll get you too, Tom Brady!)

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I don’t speak emoji. There; I’ve said it. I’m not embarrassed, nor am I feeling even the least bit inferior or substandard. In fact, as I write this post, I’m noticing that my word processing program, which was developed by Microsoft and has a huge following as perhaps the most widely used word processing program in the world, doesn’t speak emoji either. It just sees it as a misspelled word, with no suitable correction and zero suggestions for synonyms. The program, backed by years of development to enhance the fine art of communication, is suggesting that I change the word to email or emotion. Emotive is also on the list, but I’m just not feeling all that emotive in the moment.

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