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    HERB BENHAM: These beloved post office employees didn't just mail it in

    By Herb Benham
    Friday, Mar 06 2015 03:00 PM

    Tracy's gone; Chris is a short-timer. How's a downtowner supposed to get his friendly fix? It is the simplest of pleasures. Going to the post office. Buying stamps. Mailing a package.

    There are a thousand places to do that nowadays. You can buy stamps at the grocery store or online and send packages from print shops. Although these transactions may be snappy, efficient and modern, occasionally it's appropriate to visit the mother ship again and time tunnel 10, 30 and 100 years into the past.

    Everybody should be on good terms with their post office. It's like being right with your barber, the woman behind the counter at Smith's and your card shop.

    Christopher MacLaughlin and Tracy Candelaria -- two of the downtown post office's...

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    HERB BENHAM: Roofer never looks down

    A description of Donna Amparano sounds like the punch line of a joke. If it were, she'd be the first to laugh, if not tell it herself. Amparano is a one-legged roofer with a three-legged dog. What are the chances? "The dog's name is...

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    HERB BENHAM: A dried-in-the-wool laundry rookie

    For Christmas, Sue gave me a blue vest from Nordstrom, made of extra-fine Merino wool. It's a beauty, neither too thin nor too thick. The vest started as a large. I own three vests but the moths chewed two of them, leaving the third one...

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    HERB BENHAM: Selling our city as a novelty for dad's birthday

    My dad is turning 90 in June. He wasn't looking for a party, but we're throwing one anyway. We want to celebrate the he's-alive-and-a-great-guy part rather than the he's-turning-this-awfully-big-number part. He has fans. You know somebody...

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    HERB BENHAM: No man sells a truck until next one’s picked

    Former supervisor Trice Harvey emailed saying that he has had truck withdrawals for the last two years. Trice wrote in reference to the column in which Sue suggested that I sell the truck if I followed through on buying another car. I told...

  6. HERB BENHAM: Song of Hong Kong irresistible to Bakersfield boy

    Attorney Dennis Beaver emailed to say he had a good story: his son, Ian. I understand. Parents are proud of their children. They want the world to share the joy. "He's a nice guy too," Dennis said. "In terms of personality, he's not me. He...

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    HERB BENHAM: One bad apple doesn't spoil the science project

    If Abby Lee doesn't end up running the space program, working for Google or teaching bioengineering at the Colorado School of Mines, she may become the next David Sedaris. In other words -- funny. Abby, 13, is a seventh-grader at St....

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    HERB BENHAM: Times are a changing with baby on the way

    Katie asked if I would get a whooping cough vaccine. "My doctor said it would be a good idea for anybody who was going to be around the baby in the first year to have a shot," she said. I said yes. Just like that. Without hesitation....

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    HERB BENHAM: What's a day without a 'Daily' dose?

    The subject line on Sue's email read "Say it isn't so!" Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show." Perhaps W.H. Auden said it best: "He was my North, my South, my East and West, "My working week and my Sunday rest, "My noon, my midnight,...

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    HERB BENHAM: Another incredible shrinking man

    Lowell Pollard called to say we had something in common. Pollard, 67, is 6 feet 2 inches tall. We don't have that in common. He has two inches on me. What we share is being measured at the doctor's office and coming up short. Recently I...

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    HERB BENHAM: I intend to keep on truckin' -- in my truck

    I'm kicking tires. Looking at cars. Dreaming is free, and I like free. Herbie, our oldest son, bought a used Grand Cherokee Jeep. I drove it for a week. I'd forgotten what a newish car feels like because mine are distinguished -- a...

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    HERB BENHAM: Two calendars bring me up to date

    Sue bought me two calendars. Paper calendars. One for work, one for home. The idea was for Sue and me to synchronize our calendars -- my two and her one -- and avoid awkward moments such as: Somebody plans something (her) that somebody...

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    HERB BENHAM: Carroll makes us feel better about being dumb

    Unless you were a New England fan, the life-affirming side to Seattle's baffling decision to throw a pass at the one yard line that ultimately was intercepted -- rather than give the ball to the great running back Marshawn Lynch -- is that...

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