HAPPY 2017 Y’ALL!

Well, I can’t complain about our recent weather.  (Almost 85 degrees on and after Christmas Day!)  Besides, as Mark Twain once said, everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!  (Actually, Mr. Twain “borrowed” the saying from Charles D. Warner, but as I always say, “If they ain’t heard it before, then it’s original!”)  Nevertheless, I hope that all of my loyal and loving blog followers had a marvelous holiday season.  I got everything I asked for, except the poster of Marilyn Monroe.  (My wife thought, that since I love history, I wanted a poster of James Monroe!  NOT!)

Speaking of gifts….  The Third Annual Festive-Us gourmet get-together at the Austin Club was a HUGE success.  Lots of wine, but no whining.  Great food, and great conversation.  (At our end of the table!)  Many thanks to our generous hosts, Dr. Max Talbott and his lovely bride, Miss Barbara “Bon Appetite” Talbott.  This year’s table gift (for the men) was a pair of rather colorful underwear with VERY special embroidery.  (By the way, they were NOT edible.  I speak from personal experience, but cannot elaborate!)

In order to insure that none of us sober up too quickly, we will be attending the first gala shindig of the year (tomorrow night) at the villa of the Princess of Portugal and her handsome hubby, Baron Lee.  She said something about a “pot luck” dinner, which with any luck, will NOT include any pot!  (Just some dirty pans!)  I’ll be trying to score a lobster tail, or a kiss from Countess Connie, the guest of honor.  Either way, I’ll be “buttering” someone up!

Hey, speaking of sweet things (Countess Connie) I would like to direct your attention to a GREAT new book of poetry from my friend, Gina McKnight.  Gina is a terrific poet who has a wonderful new book out, titled, “Poetry from the Field.”  (The talented author is also an accomplished horse rider & trainer!)  If you want to learn more about her poems, simply go to:   gmcknight.com

And since we’re on the subject of horses…..  my new mystery novel, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, has become a best-seller in several Charleston (S.C.) bookstores.  If you love stories about the Low Country, or simply enjoy a good read, then this is the book for you.  (Yes, you can “bet on it!”)  Hey, never pass up a good pun!  (or one of mine!)

Just for the record…   A big hug and kiss to Miss Rebecca Lee Yanoff for supplying a cold bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne for our New Year’s Eve Dinner, which consisted of homemade…  (are you New Yorkers sitting down?) linguini with white clam sauce!  Homemade Italian bread!  Imported salami & cheese!  And, thanks to my generous brother-in-law, fresh ricotta-filled cannoli pastries!  Mama mia, my stomach is still bulging!

By the way, do you think those clams were purchased at a Shell station?  (I warned you about those puns!)

Lastly, I keep receiving mail from something called the Neptune Society.  I assume that this is a scuba diving organization, but I’m not sure.  I did not see a photo of Jacques Cousteau on the envelope, so I didn’t open it.  I’m dying to know who these folks are.  If you have any ideas, keep them to yourself, I mean, send them along!

Finally, a word of special love to my Aunt Gladys and Aunt Thelma for their lovely holiday cards.  (Did you ladies forget the checks again?)  No problem, you can take me to lunch the next time I come to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.  Until then, a HUGE kiss and hug to both of you sweet Southern belles!  Also, a special hug & kiss to Mother Bunny (her nickname) the darling mother of Christine Nickles, one of my oldest and dearest friends.  Best wishes heading out to Pennsylvania today!

Before I close (for real this time) I would like to mention that our little blog has recently received notification that we were chosen as one of the “BEST BLOGS OF 2016” by the folks at WordPress, Inc.   Our site (which is yours and mine) was singled out for praise as being one of the most widely read blogs in America, and one of the most clever!  Just remember, folks, I could not have done it without you!  So thank you very much!  (Your check is in the mail!)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Happy New Year to you and yours, and we shall chat again throughout 2017!

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

 

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HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A (SMALL) PROBLEM…..

Just returned from my enchanting weekend in America’s 4th largest city, and I was duly impressed, except for the number of motorized vehicles zooming down Interstate 10.  Dang, those Houstonians really drive fast.  I was doing 50-55 miles per hour on the Interstate and folks were passing me by like I was standing still!  Would you believe that a Schwinn cut me off?  Jeez, that was embarrassing.  (Her training wheels almost hit my bumper!)  Still, we had a marvelous time, and Houston is one happening place.

My date and I stayed in a fancy hotel (The Dew Drop Inn) near the Galleria, which is one gorgeous shopping mall.  They even have an ice-skating rink in the middle of the mall!  I wonder if the rink becomes a pool during the summer?  We were in Houston to meet my new literary proteges, sign a few books, and (most importantly) attend a gala Christmas party hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Mark McCloskey.  Boy, was that a great party.  Amazing food, wonderful spirits, and a truly fascinating crowd.  Since nobody knew me (as usual) I introduced myself as Stephen King, and I took the liberty of signing a few autographs.  (and one bank draft to pay for the crystal wine glass I broke!)  Thanks, Mark & Mayvic for a memorable event!

And since we are on the subject of “memorable events,” allow me to thank the wonderful folks at the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a THRILLING afternoon with the “Mummies of Ancient Egypt,” an event that I will remember for a long, long time.  As a former archaeologist (make that, treasure hunter) I was fascinated with the incredible collection of Egyptian artifacts I stole, I mean, viewed up close and personal.  (I am sorry for my lame jokes about being in denial (in the Nile), the $10,000 Pyramid, and the Pharaoh whose socks “Sphinx.”  Still, you must admit that my riddle (what type of music did a mummy listen to?) was pretty clever.  The answer, of course, is “wrap music!”

By the way, some of you have probably heard that I’ve been contacted by Donald Trump’s transmission team.  (Yes, I got the word right.)  They want to meet me at Jiffy-Lube on Wednesday!  I’ll probably have to “grease a few palms” to get a position.  My uncle used to grease palms in Florida.  (He was a slick guy.)  Have I mentioned his “branch” of the family?  He was a mean guy, but his bark was worse than his bite.  (What’s with all the tree jokes?)

Finally, or close to it, I would like to thank my old high school buddy, Mr. Glenn Fitzgerald (Vice President of Proluxe) for sending me a VERY cool gift.  What could possibly be better than a bottle of Nolet’s Gin (the world’s best) engraved with…. the title of your last mystery novel!  Yep, I just received a bottle with the title, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, inscribed on the label!  Do I drink the contents or save the bottle for posterity?  Or puberty?  Or prosperity?  (You and I know that the Gin is living on borrowed time!)  Anyway, thank you, Glenn.  A very thoughtful gesture!

Almost lastly… I would like to extend a belated “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to the Princess of Portugal, who recently turned 39 and looks marvelous, absolutely marvelous!  (Baron Lee is pretty darn hot, too!)  I will forward a (semi) expensive gift after Christmas.  (When the sales start)  Until then, please know that you folks are constantly in our thoughts.

In closing…. since I will be quite busy for the next week or so, please allow me to wish a very sincere MERRY CHRISTMAS and/or HAPPY HANUKKAH to all of my wonderful blog followers in America and throughout the world.  This has been another incredible year in both a literary and personal sense, and I am fully aware that I owe ALL of my success to the thousands of people who have become blog followers and supporters.  Your friendship and encouragement means the world to me, and I wish you all a HAPPY, HEALTY, AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

GOD BLESS…. AND LOVE TO ALL,

DOC YANOFF

 

 

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SWEDES SIMMER & STEW OVER SONGWRITER SNUB!

How’s that for alliteration?  By the way, alliteration has nothing to do with dogs or puppies.  (Just saying.)  I posted this headline to remind my blog followers that, despite my best intentions, I could not resolve the ongoing dispute between the Nobel Prize Committee and Bob Dylan.  (Who sent a lousy note of thanks, instead of showing up for the ceremony.)  I offered to fly to Sweden and accept the loot, but they refused to show me the money.  I even offered to pretend that I was a (more) famous writer, such as Dylan Thomas.  Nope, that wasn’t good enough.  Marshal Dylan was out, too.  (Do you think James Arness drove a Dodge?)  Well, you can’t say that I didn’t try.

Now you know why I prefer the Danish.  (Some good pastry jokes here!)  I still say that the only good thing about Sweden was Inger Stevens.  (And you folks know what happened to that poor girl!)  Anyway, I’m not bitter, I just sound it.  Personally, I’d rather have that Beverly Hills Award I mentioned last week.  (No Lutefisk at our awards dinner!)  Time to move on, but don’t be surprised if I ask for a recount.  (Everyone else is!)

So what else is new?  Well, for one thing, my next book tour (and rum swigging adventure) has finally been announced in the trade papers.  However, you don’t have to trade papers to learn my itinerary.  Here it is (roughly) subject to final approval from the Dept. of Homeland Insecurity:   First, the Cayman Cookout on January 12-15 (featuring the infamous chef, Anthony Mundane) is still questionable, BUT I will definitely have a presence (or some presents) on the following Caribbean islands….  Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Bart’s, Antigua, Tortola, and the Dominican Republic.

All of my (somewhat) brilliant mystery novels, and my (semi) interesting nonfiction masterpiece, THE SECOND MOURNING, will be available at all of the book festivals scheduled for 2017.  If you find yourselves in the Caribbean (well, not IN the Caribbean, but near it) you should attend an event.  These festivals are really quite interesting (great food and drink) and you will be helping the local economy.  (Not to mention enriching me!)  Jeez, I said not to mention that!  What’s wrong with this blog editor?  Anyway, it should be great fun, and another wonderful tax deduction, I mean, literary event.

Speaking of great fun, the winner of our last trivia contest was Judith Freeman of Bozeman, Montana.  (Just south of Muleshoe and a little north of Bellylint)  Just kidding, I know where Bozeman is, and it is quite lovely.  Ms. Freeman gave the correct answer to the following question:  “What was the name of Jesse James’ favorite horse?”  Her answer?  The outlaw had 4 favorites!  (Another trick question!)  Not only did she get the number right, but she also knew their names!  (Katie, Skyrocket, Stonewall, and Red Fox.)  Congratulations, and she will now receive a $300 gift card to Home Depot.  (God, my blog followers are soooooo smart!)

And since we are on the subject of “congratulations,” allow me to congratulate Mr. Adam Zell, my hard-working, Pittsburg-Steeler-Loving, son-in law, who recently received the Diamond Club Award from Realty Austin (one of our city’s most prominent realtors) for selling over…..  (drum roll, please!)…..  $10,000,000 in real estate!  We are very proud of Adam, and this is truly a great accomplishment.  (But slightly below marrying my daughter and producing Miss Goldie!)  If the boy was a Yankee fan, he’d be perfect!

Well, dear friends, I must start packing for my next appearance.  I have some special events lined up in Houston this coming weekend, and a HUGE party to attend on Wednesday and Thursday.  (Thursday is our annual Steiner Ranch Poker & Pilsner Party.  Thanks to the generosity of Rich & Sharon Walker (two other great realtors in Austin) we will be celebrating a decade of poker decadence and downright dependency!  (I’m really starting to enjoy this alliteration thing.)

We shall chat again upon thy return!  (assuming I can find my way out of Houston!)  Until then, be well, and God Bless…   Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

***  God-willing, there might be a photo or two attached to this blog!

 

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LIVE AND LEARN… AND LEARN TO LIVE…

How true, how true.  Over the years I’ve learned that self-doubt is a writer’s worst enemy.  Of course, I could be wrong about that.  I’m not really sure.  Repeating one’s self is also a problem.  A big problem.  A very big problem.  You might be wondering where I’m going with this routine… I have no idea.  Perhaps I’m still bitter about not winning that dang Nobel Prize for Literature.  I had such a good acceptance speech!  These were my opening remarks….  “My fellow Scandinavians, I dream of a better world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned!  I dream of a day when the Kardashians are buried not in publicity, but in an avalanche of snow!  I dream of Jeannie!”   (The chicken joke was for my friends who went to “Perdue University!”)

Oh well, no use crying over melted snow.  Besides, I recently received a literary honor equal to the Nobel Prize.  (In my mother’s eyes)  Last week, the newest “Adam Gold Mystery,” titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, was chosen as one of the “Best Mystery Novels of 2016!”  This honor was bestowed upon thee by the prestigious 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards.  The judges were kind enough to mention me in their press release, which stated that, “Yanoff’s clever mystery embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and the judges salute him for his fine work.”  Very kind words.  I appreciate the award and look forward to meeting some of my fellow writers at the gala ceremony in Los Angeles, which might be hosted by Tom Selleck!  (There goes my marriage!)

Before I forget, I would also like to thank Ms. Hannah Reed, the publisher of “River Place Living Magazine,” for publishing a full-page article about me and my books.  The article, which was written by a super-talented gentleman named George Lowe, appears on page 25.  (You’ll see my ugly mug at the top of the page.)  Thanks again for a great interview and a fascinating article.  (God, I love reading about brilliant and humble authors!)

And since we are on the subjects of “greatness” and “magazine articles,” allow me to be the first to congratulate Ms. Rebecca L. Yanoff (my youngest daughter) for her latest amazing accomplishment….  Rebecca’s clothing store, COVE BOUTIQUE, was recently named as the “Best New Clothing Store in Austin!”  The award was announced in this month’s edition of Austin Monthly Magazine.  (The citizens of Austin nominated the stores and voted for their favorite shopping venue.)  If you find yourself downtown, just head on over to 1318 S. Congress Avenue.  (Across the street from Perla’s Restaurant.)  Mention my name and you will receive a free (wire) hanger!  (Then go to Perla’s and order a hanger steak!)

Now for some REALLY big news….  as some of you know, we have been attracting a lot of new blog followers this year.  If the trend continues, we will soon surpass the magic number of 40,000 blog followers!  Well, if you can convince a friend or relative to join our blog, they will be eligible to win a FREE trip to Rome!  (Only new blog members are eligible!)  The prize will be awarded in March, so get out there and spread the word!  (There is never any cost or obligation to remain a follower)  Winners will, however, be obligated to bring me back a cannoli and some wine!

Well, I must take my leave…  today is the day that we are choosing the photographic inserts for my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES.  (The Remarkable Life of William H. Seward)  I only have to review several hundred photographs, so this should be a snap.  (Meaning that I will probably snap!)  Where the heck is that Jose Cuervo fellow when you need him?

Hasta la vista, baby!  Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

P.S.  Semi-nude photos attached.  (Made you look!)

 

 

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YANOFF DEMANDS RECOUNT!

How could I have lost the presidential election?  How?  I was sure that my blog followers would push me over the top.  (Many have tried this before!)  Now I have to disband my political organization, the L.E.T.S. Party.  (Leave Everything To Steve Party.)  Maybe the public was unaware of my record.  (I had a long record, but only two convictions.)  Who knows.  As they say, there is no accounting for taste.  I shall simply console myself with the knowledge that I tried my best, and can now resume a life of total decadence.

To add insult to injury, I have recently been contacted by the Trump “Transition Team.”  I told them that I was very happy being a man, and that I had no intention of transitioning into a woman.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)  I simply hate wearing high heels.  Besides, from where I sit (in the kitchen) I see the entire political system as corrupt.  Why?  Because yesterday I tried to turn in a late ballot and was told that it was too late to vote!  You can vote early but not late?  What’s the story with that?

Now I hear that some folks want to eliminate the Electrical College.  Would you like to know my “current position” on that?  I agree!  I’d lead the “charge” if I had the “right connections!”  (Damn, these are pretty good puns!)  Why don’t we have a Secretary of Humor?  (Oh God, here comes another “plug!”)

Enough politics.  What else is new?  Well, I had a great Sunday luncheon with an old friend and insurance colleague, Ms. Meagan Kiernan.  Meagan once worked for Yanoff & Co. and is now a V.I.P. at a Dallas insurance company.  She’s smart, pretty, and personable, and just happens to be the daughter of two of my high school friends from Valley Stream!  Three days later, I spent a lovely evening at the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, chatting with Loyd and Shelley Smith, two of the nicest folks in the universe!  Loyd is my new booking agent, but I’m trying to encourage him not to arrange any more history lectures at dawn!  (Dang, those Lakeway folks are early risers!)

Speaking of wine (well, steaks are close enough!) have you folks tried any of the wines from Barons Creek Vineyards?  They are superb!  My friend and neighbor, Marc Chase, is one of the owners and he was kind enough to give me a few bottles last week.  The vineyard is located in lovely Fredericksburg, smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country.  Great venue for some wine-tasting, and they also have their own wine club and guest facilities.  (If you’re willing to buy some wine and spend the night,  I’ll plant myself on the sofa and read one of my books to you.  Trust me, you’ll fall asleep quickly!)

Congrats to Col. Richard Myerson, the winner of our last trivia contest.  The Army colonel was the first to provide the correct answer about John Wesley Hardin’s mistress, whose name was…..  Beulah Morose!  This week’s question?  What was the name of Jesse James’s favorite horse?  (I only need the stallion’s first name, not the first and last!)  The winner will receive…  a $100 gift card to Home Depot.  Good luck, amigos!

In closing, I would like to wish all 34,000 of my blog followers a VERY happy and healthy Thanksgiving.  If you live in this wonderful country, you have much to be thankful for, and you should enjoy your meal and forget about my recent political humiliation.  I’ll get over it.  I’ll survive.  I’m already making plans for 2020.  (I might run for mayor of Antigua.)  In any case, go forth and “gobble” up your feast!

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

P.S.  As an added holiday bonus, I am attaching some more photographs of my last Sicilian adventure!  Arrivederci!

 

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE BECKONS!

I reckon I’ll have to win this dang election!  I reckon I’ll win in a landslide.  (If my opponents are killed in an avalanche!)  I reckon I’ll be your next President.  (Hey, this is starting to sound like my “day of reckoning!”)  Nevertheless, I sense that my political perspirations may finally come to fruition.  The tide is turning!  (No wonder I’m all wet.)  I would like to take a moment and personally thank all those folks who voted for me.  (My mom and gardener.)  I am overwhelmed by your trust in me, and frankly, somewhat disappointed that you only voted for me one time.  (Remember what they say in Chicago?  Vote early and vote often?)

My political advisor, Alphonse “Bad Count” Capoletti, has informed me that I now hold a slim lead over my demon-like opponents, Clinton and Trump.  By “slim lead” he means that two skinny people have voted for me.  Still, I am optimistic that I will win.  Have you seen the latest Poles?  (They just arrived from the Arctic.)  I am heavily favored to win the Eskimo vote, and proud to announce that I have received the Aleutian “seal of approval.”  (I have to return the poor critter after the election.)

Yes, folks, I am on a roll, or a biscuit, but enough about politics!  So what else is new?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  My recent history lecture was an outstanding success.  (While I was speaking, the audience was out standing!)  Not really.  I actually shared a wonderful morning with the Lakeway Men’s Breakfast Club, where I spoke at length about my first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING.  I really enjoyed myself, and the audience was quite large and extremely intelligent.  (Lots of good questions during the Q & A portion of the event.)  I’d like to thank my host and friend, Loyd Smith, for setting this up and inviting me to speak!  I hope to return when my next history book, TURBULENT TIMES, is published this coming spring.

Incidentally, for those of you who might find yourselves at one of the many Caribbean book festivals in January, 2017,  I will soon be posting my exact itinerary for our much-anticipated return to the islands.  This year we shall be making appearances on the islands of Puerto Rico, St. Bart’s, Antigua, Tortola, and the Dominican Republic.  All of my mystery novels will be available at the book festivals, as well as autographed copies of THE SECOND MOURNING.  (If you forget your wallet, you can pay with rum…  I’ll drink the rum and pay for it later!)

And since we are on the subject of celebrations….  Last evening was quite special around these parts…  Me (and 200 hundred of my closest friends) attended the lovely wedding of Miss Lexie Zell and Alex Baker.  The charming affair was held at The Greenhouse Resort in Driftwood, Texas.  (Smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country.)  Great food, great tequila (from what I remember) and great company!  Following in my recent footsteps, the happy couple will be spending their honeymoon in Positano, Italy.  Hopefully, they will have a few spare moments to search for my lost socks.  (I was in Room 215.)  Have fun, you crazy kids!

Speaking of fun, the winner of our last trivia contest (which concerned the outlaw Sam Bass) was…..  James McElroy of Durango, Colorado.  Mr. McElroy was the first (but not the only one) who provided the correct answers to my fascinating inquiry.  The most comprehensive answer came from another brilliant blog follower, Mr. Larry Wood, of Austin, Texas.  Well done, gentlemen!

This week’s “Western Trivia Question” ……….    What was the name of John Wesley Hardin’s mistress in El Paso, Texas?  (The woman who inadvertently caused his demise.)  First correct answer wins…  a $100 gift card from Home Depot!  Good luck, buckeroos!

Well, I guess this is where the cowboy rides away.  Time to saddle up and head downtown for some hot migas.  (Which, for all of you Yankees and foreign-types, happens to be a Mexican-inspired breakfast dish.)  If you order this dish, DO NOT confuse it with the word “Mishigas,” which is Yiddish and has absolutely no connection to eggs or tortilla strips.  (Still, it might be fun to order a plate of “craziness!”)

Take care and have a safe and happy week….  I will speak with you again when, God willing,  I become your next President.  (Make that, “God forbid” I become your next President!)  Love to all,

The (semi) Honorable Dr. Stephen G. Yanoff

 

P.S.  Several folks have requested a few more photographs of my last outing to Europe, so here you go…..

 

 

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LIKE A ROLLING STONE!

Well, since Bob Dylan refuses to acknowledge the Nobel Prize for Literature, I have unselfishly offered to accept the award for my own brilliant song writing.  What’s that you say, you didn’t know that I wrote songs?  Not only was I born in Nashville, Tennessee, but I am soon to be inducted into the Country & Western Song Writer’s Hall of Fame for my first (and regrettably last) album, titled, “I’ll Never Get Over You Until You Get Out From Under Him.”  (Available on Amazon.com)  I am very proud of this album, which features some of my genuine country classics…..

Who will ever forget (no matter how hard they try) these famous tunes…..  “If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me.”   “I Still Miss You, But My Aim Is Getting Better.”   “She Got The Ring And I Got The Finger.”   “Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure.”   And finally, my own personal favorite, “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly.”   Let’s face it, friends, they don’t write songs like these anymore.  (Except in two counties in southern Arkansas.)

Hey, since we are on the subject of literary genius, I would like to announce (warn) that I shall be speaking at the Lakeway Men’s Breakfast Club this coming Wednesday, October 26, at 8 a.m. in the morning.  My presentation will concern the assassination of President Garfield, and I will be speechifying (is that a real word?) about my history book, THE SECOND MOURNING.  Admission is free, and if you come early, you can purchase an autographed book.  I hope to see you there!  (I’ll be the only one awake at that hour!)

Lest I forget, congratulations to Judy Doyle of San Francisco, who won last week’s (tricky) trivia question.  There are 13 NARA Presidential Libraries, and two of them are dedicated to…..  Gerald R. Ford!  (One in Ann Arbor and the other in Grand Rapids.)   This week’s question?  Denton is north of Dallas, but which western outlaw do we associate with the “Denton Mare?”  (And where the heck was this poor fellow apprehended by the law?)  Good luck, everyone!

Last night we celebrated (with a gala steak dinner) the return of the Princess of Portugal and her worn-out hubby, Baron Lee.  After several weeks of traipsing around Europe, the royal couple has returned to humble Round Rock, where they will be recuperating (and replacing some of their wine-soaked bodily fluids) with good old fashioned water.  Or maybe just good Old Fashions?  Either should work. In any case, welcome home!

Today was a VERY special day for me and my best friend, Baker.  (Baker is my daughter’s dog, and my biggest fan.)  We (the entire Yanoff Clan and several other families) spent the morning down at Zilker Park in Austin.  Doing what, you might ask?  Celebrating Baker’s 15th Birthday!  We had a grand party, complete with breakfast tacos from Torchy’s, and lots of fun and games for the pooches. (there were at least 7 of them!)  The kids had a ball, too.  My daughter brought a piñata costume for Baker (he was not too thrilled about that) but he kept it on as we all sang “Happy Birthday,” and then proceeded to tear it to shreds with the other dogs!  All in all it was a “ruff” morning, but a lot of fun!  (If you would like to send Baker a gift, he is registered at Bloomingdales.)

Well, that’s about it for me.  I must go pack, just in case I get a phone call from the Nobel Committee in Oslo.  When I asked them if they thought I actually had a chance to win the big prize, they said “Nor-way!”    (Judge not, lest ye be judged!)

Love to all, Doc Yanoff

 

 

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