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  1. HERB BENHAM: Home travels to him for son's 30th

    By Herb Benham
    Thursday, Apr 17 2014 10:52 AM

    For his birthday dinner, Herbie wanted something from Bakersfield that reminded him of home. We brought pit beef, garlic chicken, broccoli parmesan, potato salad, jalapeno cornbread muffins, Texas sheet cake and chocolate chip cookies from Jake's.

    We drove to Oakland. Herbie couldn't come home so we took home with us. Home is like that, it will fit in the back of a car and adorn a picnic table 300 miles away.

    Herbie, our oldest son, turned 30. We weren't the first to ask this question. Can you believe it? The question is as much about yourself as it is them. It's hard to believe a son or daughter has turned 30 and equally daunting to believe that we've gotten old enough to have one that age.

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    HERB BENHAM: The rules on man kisses and side hugs

    A note from Will Winn on the column about getting a surprise man-kiss from a friend: "After finishing graduate school in Virginia Beach, VA, Karen and I ministered to a rural congregation in Harrisonburg, VA, that was primarily Mennonite....

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    HERB BENHAM: Free speech -- I'm thinking of a price tag

    I was finishing lunch at Sequoia Sandwich -- having polished off a small coleslaw, the chili and Gary's new ham sandwich, which features thinly sliced extra lean ham, a basil, garlic and parmesan pesto, balsamic mayo, mild swiss, crispy...

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    HERB BENHAM: Sue sets me straight - my posture's in a slump

    Last week, my wife told me I had bad posture. "You're handsome and fit," she said. "Then I see you sitting at the table. It's not pretty." Pretty is my word. Pretty is the word I use to pretty up something that is not pretty, as well as...

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    Herb Benham's 'On His Rocker' - On a new shirt with a special cell phone pocket

    It's hard to know where to store your cell phone. But Californian columnist Herb Benham is trying out a possible solution: a new T-shirt with a special cell phone pocket. Join Benham as he tries to pull out the phone — with some humorous...

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    HERB BENHAM: An explanation about that 'homely' guy

    I read an obit recently in which the deceased was survived by her "homely brother." I thought it might be a misprint and speculated that what the writer meant to say was "only" brother. Penny Blanton Shafer emailed and solved the mystery:...

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    HERB BENHAM: Brother, can you spare a tweet?

    Book sales are steady for "That Was Easy" -- my astonishing new book -- but several people said I could juice sales by using Twitter. I mention Twitter because a couple of weeks ago I spoke to Janelle Eastridge's journalism class at...

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    HERB BENHAM: I dipped my toe in, but the stream didn't want me

    I recently hooked up the Apple TV, a gift from the children. "You're going to love it," Herbie said. "You can stream Netflix and, if you have HBO on Demand, you can access anything in their library." I wasn't sure we had HBO on Demand....

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    Herb Benham's 'On His Rocker' - On signing his new book

    Californian columnist Herb Benham says he's still waiting for life to get easy. He's been busy signing his new book, "That was Easy," but he finds you run out of things to say. Sure, you write "to" and then add the recipient's name, but...

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    HERB BENHAM: Can't put a price on this artwork

    I was sitting in my office at home recently, looking at the paintings hung on the freshly whitewashed walls, and I realized our artwork wasn't worth anything. This is to say it has no monetary value. Should an art thief break into the...

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    HERB BENHAM: Coming clean in domestic miscalculation

    I came downstairs and Sue was holding her turquoise-colored workout top. She had a funny expression on her face that was less ha- ha funny than stunned funny. "Look at this," she said, holding it aloft for me to see. "It has black stains...

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    HERB BENHAM: The world's most honest obituary

    I read an obit last week in the paper in which the deceased, who sounded like a lovely person, was survived by her "homely brother." I read it twice and both times it read the same: She was survived by her "homely brother." We can assume...

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    HERB BENHAM: Requiem for a drowned-out choir singer

    The No. 1 maxim for a choir rookie: "First, do no harm." (The rule works for doctors, too.) Recently the Bakersfield Master Chorale sang Verdi's "Requiem Mass" with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Farrer at the...

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