Herb Benham

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    HERB BENHAM: I went vegan and didn't miss the meat

    By Herb Benham
    Monday, Sep 01 2014 09:00 AM

    I was not optimistic when I opened the cold case at Nature's Food Market & Juice Bar and looked at the selection that included an eggless egg-salad sandwich the turkey sandwich made with vegan turkey and the chicken- salad sandwich made with vegan chicken.

    Can a man get a piece of meat around here? "All the sandwiches are meatless," Glenn said. That's OK for you because you haven't eaten meat in nearly 40 years and you are inclined to burst into song when a menu includes more than one vegetarian option. But I'd had a rib-eye over the weekend and I wanted to back it up with half a farm-raised chicken.

    We were at Nature's Food Market (on H Street across from the Fox, where Henley's used to be) for lunch. The market was light,...

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    HERB BENHAM: Sometimes the best medicine is your own bed

    A few days ago, Dad called. He had news. Dad calls are occasions, making me feel as if I have been promoted to favorite-son status and have leapfrogged my siblings on the depth chart. "You can stop looking for a place to rent in...

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    HERB BENHAM: Outer Rosedale to inner peace

    When I told a friend I was planning to walk home from Rosedale Automotive after dropping the truck off, he looked at me as if I were crazy. "Don't you have any friends that will give you a ride?" I have friends and when you propose...

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    HERB BENHAM: Bono the boss in Ireland -- just ask Bruce

    Al Palitz, the pride of East Bakersfield High School and a recently retired Kaiser doctor, told me this story about a friend of his youngest daughter, Cordelia: "She's a darling 24-year-old red haired Irish lass named Aoife (ee-pha) who...

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    HERB BENHAM: You’re never too old to take on a pup this cute

    Two missed calls in a row from my father-in-law, John, can be cause for alarm. When I looked at my phone a week ago Thursday, I punched the first of two voice mails. “It’s Thursday afternoon and we’re on our way to Springville to look at...

  6. HERB BENHAM: It's a small - and less complicated - world on this ride

    It's a small world and sometimes we like it that way. It's a Small World celebrated its 50th anniversary at Disneyland recently and the news warmed my heart in the same way that writing a to-do list with a No. 2 pencil on a yellow legal...

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    HERB BENHAM: We had the best of times Sunday in Taft

    I wanted to say goodbye, so we drove to Taft on Sunday to see the 3 p.m. showing of the “The Best of Times.” Goodbye to Robin Williams, who, along with Kurt Russell, starred in the film set in Taft. Williams made many friends there during...

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    HERB BENHAM: These guys are ready to get on their soapbox

    I drank my first Red Bull while interviewing Chris Ennis, Nolan Graf, Jason Love and Eric Santos in a hot Rosedale garage a week ago, and I’ve been up ever since. But Red Bull’s stimulating effects have certainly come in handy for the...

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    HERB BENHAM: Palpable pain at the passing of a funny, gifted man

    Robin Williams had many memorable roles, but for our family it will always be "The Best of Times." It was the movie we watched at Christmas when the children were younger and the one we returned to when they were on their own and came home...

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    HERB BENHAM: Running out of steam at steamy yoga

    "Are you nuts?" said my brother Derek, when I invited him to go with me to the hot yoga class at the Yoga Tropics studio in Encinitas over vacation. I was as stiff as a blue serge suit. Perhaps a beginning yoga class in a 103-degree room...

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    HERB BENHAM: A new Outlet for our Bakersfield energies

    What is the proper attire for attending the VIP opening of an outlet mall? Black tie, shorts, jeans? If I chose poorly, I could duck into Ralph Lauren, the Gap or Banana Republic and burst out of the dressing room in my Roland Mouret,...


    HERB BENHAM: A short life that cast a long shadow over Taft

    It’s time for Lee Patterson to get to know his father, a phenom of track and field who died when the Taft businessman was a baby. There’s just one problem: He can’t bear to open the biography, written by Kern County native Gerald Haslam,...

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    HERB BENHAM: It's any porch in a storm for disloyal outdoor cats

    Our cat disappeared recently. Vanished. Left, as if she had met with a better offer. Blueberry is a porch cat, her world consisting of a green rocking chair, a flat cat scratcher, a soft bed, and a four-foot high porch wall from which to...

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