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I Feel Fine – At Least I Think I Do Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

 

Lift the hood of a 1960's era car and two things will immediately jump out: 1) there's an awful lot of room in there, perhaps twice as much versus what's needed for the engine; and 2) the engine itself is relatively simple with components easily recognizable to anyone with a base level of mechanical knowledge.

That same 1960's era car is also relatively easy for a shade...

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It Is What It Is But It Isn't What It Ain't Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

I recently had the pleasure of going to the upper peninsula of Michigan for a family vacation (that's the UP to those in the know). During this vacation I attempted on several occasions to make the acquaintance of the local fish population. I also found myself in various laundry mats from time to time washing our grubby clothing. These two points are connected by the fact that I had nothing to...

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Do It Yourself? Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

The master bathroom in question was best described as a period piece. The period it represented was, unfortunately, the 1950’s.

Daily visits to this room reinforced the idea that something had to be done. Monthly bank statements suggested that perhaps the best approach was dimmer lighting and lower standards.

Debates around the breakfast table eventually led to a path...

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Objects in the Mirror Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

I spend quite a bit of my life driving but recently had the luxury of sitting in the passenger seat. As I stared out the side window, the phrase "OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR" caught my eye.

That's a useful warning to those about to change lanes but has few other applications – unless you are running from a large animal and happen to have a mirror...

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Less May Not Be More 2014 Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Thursday, 01 May 2014 15:34

Growing up, my family frequented a particular location of a local Mexican restaurant empire so often that we knew most of the staff on a first-name basis. We knew who was saving money for college, who was dating whom, and occasionally who had cheated on whom.

It was a great place. The food was good. The people were like family. The lighting was bad, the bar area was smoky, and the...

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Got to Know Your Limitations Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:22

The ski lift slowly makes its way to the top of the mountain. After the brief surge of nervous adrenalin that accompanies any attempt to disembark from a ski lift, I coast to a stop at a sign that marks the various trail options with brightly painted arms pointing to the left and right.

My six-year-old immediately chimes in. "Blue, Daddy. We need to go on the blue."

I admire...

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This Much is True-Up Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

Although I have never written a song worthy even of contempt, I feel it fair to proactively declare that Spandau Ballet's "True" is perhaps one of the worst songs ever inflicted upon us as a people. A strong statement to be sure, but I feel it justified not only by the

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Your Results May Vary Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00

Fuel economy has always been an important attribute of a vehicle. With a gallon of gasoline now in excess of $3, those making a lengthy commute use estimated miles per gallon as a primary driver in the car shopping experience.

Unfortunately, the actual fuel efficiency estimate emblazoned on the large sticker of that new vehicle very often does not live up to its billing. There are a...

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Because Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

I recently had my kids in tow as I undertook a variety of errands. Along the way, I noticed I was low on gas. I announced that we'd be stopping to fill up, which generally causes excitement from those in the back seat who like to participate by using the window cleaners provided at either end of the pumps to scrub the headlights, bumpers and whatever else they can reach.

On alert now...

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State of Confusion Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

I have had the privilege of spending some portion of my adult life in four different states. Lest your curiosity run away with you, these moves were inspired solely by work – not higher education, the arts, or the avoidance of law enforcement.

My perception of each of these states was firmly in place long before any of them became a permanent residence. I had traveled to each...

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I Can Remember... Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

More years ago than I care to admit, my pursuit of my college degree (pursuit should not be taken to imply great care or speed) was put on hold one afternoon by the need to generate cash. I don't recall what I needed to buy, probably something critical like peanut butter, or beer. I do know I represented the opposite of skilled labor.

Combing through the ads in a free local paper, I...

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Death: In 20 Seconds or Less Print E-mail
Written by Marshall Cobb
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 00:00

I recently looked at the Social Security website and, for some reason or another, got side-tracked by their life expectancy calculator. I've undergone a fair amount of poking and prodding over the years, primarily for insurance underwriting, and I have a good grasp on the pros and cons of my current body...

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