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Jan.10.2014
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Today, on my 62nd birthady, I find myself for the first time to be a paid soccer writer. http://soccerly.com/article/lukejamessoccer/the-new-face-of-san-jose-earthquakes I am Soccerly.com's beat writer covering Maor League Soccer team the San Jose Earthquakes. I told them, I'm not a soccer...
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Nov.15.2013
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I coach Under 8s in a “recreational league”. We play 7-a side, 4 x 15 minutes quarters, no offside, no direct free kicks or penalties. This is USA, after all, where we still cling to making the game different from the rest of the world whenever possible.   Mondays and Wednesdays we practice...
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Oct.18.2013
Milpitas All Stars
This is a one year update from a previous blog. A lot has happened. I tore the meniscus in my left knee. I can't kick a ball at the moment. I don't want invasive surgery - 6 months of physical therapy stretch between me and the next soccer ball I (possibly) kick. So I got myself certified as a...
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Sep.02.2013
The Coach
THE COACH He wanted to play football They made him play rugby At home or away He was no good at either But he hated rugby with a passion Only matched by his love of football After school, the world took him away And showed him many things None of them to do with football All the glittering...
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Jul.31.2013
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Kids squabble over iPads Outside the enclosure of Depressed Dads What a specious species Teeming with mental disease Condors caged against the sky Slowly forgetting how to fly Lines of lying lions Gnaw on Safeway bones Elephant memories flicker And fade Beneath the California sky Where we flock to...
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May.28.2013
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Flaco de Placo The celebrated flamenco dentist, Spins his toupee On an index finger, Like a Chinese plate juggler.   He is on a break.   Flamenco dentistry Can be particularly fatiguing, Given the simultaneous juxtaposition Of skilled hand movements on a minute scale Combined with a good...
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May.19.2013
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Except for the peerless blue of the sky the world is black and white. The sun blasts all color from the streets ricocheting it up off the blinding white of the walls to be swallowed by the greedy sky. A small, silver-haired old man carrying a chair moves up the street. He has his arm around his...
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May.03.2013
Diego Del Gastor practicing
Evan Harrar studied with reclusive Flamenco guitar master Diego Del Gastor in the early 1970s in Morón de la Frontera, a Spanish town in Seville province, Andalusia. I studied some of the basic's of Diego’s style of playing with Evan. He told me many stories about his 3 years in Spain. Some of them...
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Apr.15.2013
Birmingham City Coat of Arms
I've started a new exercise regime. My phone app tracks calorie intake and exercise but I still have to pedal. For my 60th birthday my wife gave me a bicycle, custom built to fit my 6' 9" frame. My very first bicycle. Finally. Bicycles are important to me because growing up in a Birmingham, UK slum...
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Jan.31.2013
Diego Del Gastor
When I started playing guitar I seemed to be surrounded by other guitar players who thought the faster you played, the better guitar player you were. Alvin Lee from the 60’s band Ten Years After has a lot to answer for in this respect. http://youtu.be/RToHfOqQo0g  The shred merchants who...
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Jan.02.2013
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You’re standing at the foot of a Protools interface cliff - there are fader switches rising and falling like elevators in one of those hotels where they put the cages on the outside of the wall. You can hear your track playing but the faders are moving by themselves. Who the hell is mixing this...
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Dec.27.2012
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We had a power outage last week and I brewed tea over a small wood fire in the backyard and then wrote a stiff letter to Pacific Gas and Electric by candlelight with a fountain pen complaining that if they were intent on destroying my children’s future home with their coal powered plants and...
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Dec.16.2012
I heard tell the five elements of a synopsis are:  a (1) hero who finds himself stuck in a (2)  situation from which he wants to free himself by achieving a (3)  goal.  However, there is a (4) villain who wants to stop him from this, and if he's successful, will cause the hero...
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Oct.02.2012
Soccer At Sixty
I used to write a lot about my checkered past in the music business, interesting mainly to me, like most bores. I always loved football (soccer) as a boy and so rediscovering my love of the game at age 60 has revealed itself as a far healthier way to relate the past to something I'm passionate...
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Sep.27.2012
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Having gone to considerable lengths to get myself out of rags and into the Castle, the last thing I wanted to do, for any reason, was put the stinking things on again. As jester Shankshave’s apprentice I had three clean jerkins, two new tunics, a pair of Hunnish leggings, and even soft leather...
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