A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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What would I do in Ellie Nesler’s place?
Wednesday, 31 Dec, 2008 – 1:07 | 3 Comments
What would I do in Ellie Nesler’s place?

There are few issues in life where I’m indecisive. One is Ellie Nesler.
Nesler died last week of breast cancer at age 56. She’d twice served time in California prisons, the most recent as the result …

This kiss, this kiss — it’s criminal
Monday, 2 Jun, 2008 – 5:07 | Comments Off

It was sweet and innocent and precious three summers ago when Big Guy, overcome by his feelings for little Snow White, had to express them with a kiss.

But, then, this was a daily occurrence for those two. From the second he started at day care, she was at his side, tracking down his lost Bear and dissing her daddy to kiss him goodbye.

Good thing they’re not going to kindergarten in Denver next fall.

Both would wind up spending more time at the police station than they would in class.

According to a recent article in the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Public Schools referred two 5-year-olds and their parents to the local Human Services Department after they kissed in

Making the punishment fit the crime
Sunday, 1 Jun, 2008 – 20:07 | Comments Off

“Do you have Dr. Pepper in a can? You better let him out!”

My, but prank calls are considerably more sophisticated – and dangerous – than when I was a kid.

Seems today’s trendy stunt is to concoct an elaborate tale about a kidnapping, worry your loved ones to their wits’ end and waste tons of public time, energy and money as officials search for you.

It happened twice Monday.

The case first reported involved 12- and 13-year-old cousins who decided it would be a giggle to disappear from Vintage Faire mall, then text-message their parents that they were being held against their will.

The second involved a woman who wanted to get out of a date. She told her would-be suitor she’d been kidnapped. He called the police, and she kept law enforcement busy tracking her, as she described being hauled around south Sacramento in the trunk of a car. All the while, she was home.