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    HERB BENHAM: Moths flame out - finally

    By Herb Benham
    Monday, May 04 2015 09:59 AM

    For weeks, moths everywhere and now barely one besides the moth at work beating its wings against the windowpane. What happened?

    I asked Scott Begin, vice president and manager at Citizens Business Bank, who is a banker by necessity but an entomologist by training, having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in entomology.

    "They only live for a couple of weeks and this hatch is finished," Begin said. "Having laid their eggs, there might be another hatch later on in the year.

    "In a sense, we are like moths too." If Scott is any indication, bankers can be deep. He said that to me at 7:30 a.m., which is early for deep.

    "I was interviewing candidates for a job and I had about 10 moths in the corner of my office," Begin said,...


    HERB BENHAM: Educator wins top honor for helping students help selves

    Jose Garza is one of those people you hear about now and will hear about five years from now. Nothing he has done or will do surprises. Success is in his DNA. Recently the 36-year-old counselor at Foothill High School was awarded a...

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    HERB BENHAM: What in the name of Gary have I done?

    I discovered recently I’ve been calling somebody by the wrong name for the last year. Perhaps longer because I’m not sure I’ve ever called him by his right name. I’ve been calling him Gary. His name is Daniel. I wasn’t close unless his...

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    HERB BENHAM: Senior discount not worth cost to pride

    I was at the checkout stand at Floyd's, and a friendly woman with her hair pulled back, wearing a red Floyd's vest, rang me up. I bought a broom made from real corn straw, a white switch plate and several half sprinkler heads. "Do you...

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    HERB BENHAM: Youth not wasted on the young in this case

    Vernedene looks so good, she almost made me want to give up drinking. She doesn't drink, smoke, eat sweets or, for that matter, sit down. Most people her age -- 96 -- do. They're not only sitting down, they're lying down. Lying down and...

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    HERB BENHAM: On a television quest

    Recently I went TV shopping, which led to TV buying, which led to TV euphoria. "Euphoria" because buying a TV qualifies as a big purchase, something that might get you over the hump by slaying the double-headed dragon of depression and...

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    HERB BENHAM: Forget the flame -- what a moth really wants

    When I woke up Friday morning, there were three moths in my office at home -- two small ones and a big one. The small brown ones are harmless. You can feed the to the cats, if they don't catch them themselves. But the big one required a...

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    HERB BENHAM: Coming to an Accord on beloved car

    I sold the 1991 Honda Accord with 165,000 miles on it last week. "You'll get another 10 years of service from the car," I included in every pitch I made. I didn't know if that was true, but it sounded true and almost patriotic. It's like...

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    HERB BENHAM: Worse than an empty wallet? A lost one

    I lost my wallet Monday morning. My black wallet, black like the dread in my wallet-losing heart. Losing your wallet is an uh-oh moment. It's akin to dropping your compass into a raging stream. There is a sense of displacement. The where...

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    James Dean: Too fast to live, and officer should know

    My favorite part of the story is that Otie Hunter, the CHP officer who wrote James Dean a speeding ticket two hours before the movie star was killed in an accident near Cholame, had no idea who he was. "To me, he was just another guy who...

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    HERB BENHAM: Dibs on crib - if I can find it

    A friend called and said she had everything we needed in order to set up a nursery at home for our new grandson. No matter that Andrew lives 220 miles away and his parents are staying put for the moment. Andrew's grandmother wants a...

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    HERB BENHAM: I'm ready to face toll of water conservation

    Concern about the drought is written across the face of California. Last week Gov. Brown called for a 25 percent reduction in water usage. In an effort to do my part, I've shortened my showers to 20 seconds. Yes, 20 seconds. I can't speak...

  13. HERB BENHAM: Grandpa ready for another tour of baby duty

    The first diaper I changed, I taped to Andrew's leg. The room was pitch black, it was middle of the night and the little man had squirmed sideways on the changing table. He was lucky I hadn't taped the diaper to his foot. Last weekend, I...