Scott Cox

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    SCOTT COX: New TV a sight for sore eyes

    By Scott Cox
    Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 04:11 PM

    I just bought a new TV. I don’t say that to brag — in fact it’s quite the opposite; this was a purchase born of sadness.

    See, I’m old. Like 50 old. And any ophthalmologist worth his salt will tell you that the first thing to go, vision-wise, is your eyes’ light receptors. So it was that my perfectly good 15-year-old TV had to be replaced. I found myself having to wear my glasses to watch it, and that’s not cool. So the search began for a replacement.

    I should mention right up front that I’m an electronics fanatic. I take my home theater very seriously, and a TV is something that I had to save up for for a good long time, so naturally I did my homework. I ended up buying an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. Since light...

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    SCOTT COX: Jack White gives 'em hell over cell

    It finally happened. A major music artist has spoken out about the noxious practice of cellphone use at concerts, and it's about time. The problem was addressed by no less an authority than Jack White, one of my favorites. He said in a...

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    SCOTT COX: LA's Troubadour still rocks

    For my birthday, I went to a concert in L.A. I'm generally not a big fan of the music scene down there, but two of my all-time favorite artists, Bob Schneider and Hayes Carll, were playing. I'd make the trip to see either of those guys, so...

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    SCOTT COX: Go forth on 4th? We stay in

    Since idiots with massive supplies of illegal fireworks have made it impossible for my family (or any family with pets) to enjoy Independence Day, I took it upon myself to write a guide for shut-ins on the 4th. Actually, I'm just telling...

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    SCOTT COX: This German shepherd was the cat's meow

    If you're like me, you've had some dogs. We always had at least one growing up, and I've had as many as four at a time. I assume that when we're all old, we'll sit back and think about all the dogs we've had over the years, and that there...

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    SCOTT COX: Time to spare? Let's go bowling

    It's time to go bowling! Tonight we begin our unofficial Californian bowling league, and I couldn't be more excited. After my glorious return to competitive tennis ended abruptly with a knee injury, I figured I needed a way to keep moving...

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    SCOTT COX: Even if you're in over your head, get a pool

    When I was growing up, I knew exactly one kid who had a pool. And not an above-ground pool, either -- a real, honest-to-goodness built-in swimming pool. The rest of us hoodlum east Bakersfield boys would ride by his house on our bikes,...

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    SCOTT COX: Never too late (or old) to get into this racquet

    I think I was 16 or 17 the first time I picked up a tennis racket, so I never played junior tennis. And I was in my early 30s before it ever occurred to me to play the game competitively at all. Then I took a decade or so off. So imagine...

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    SCOTT COX: Dinner and a movie? Yeah, in Texas

    I just got back from my latest trip to Texas. I did all the usual barbecue and live music stuff, but this time I decided to finally break down and visit an Alamo Drafthouse cinema. I'd heard all the stories about the top-notch food and...

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    SCOTT COX: Getting teed off at T-ball isn't fair to kids

    My newest adventure in life involves being a T-ball grandparent. Oliver is only in the training stage, so I'm going to have to wait a few weeks for the hyper-competitive part of the game to kick in. Actually, that might not even be true; I...

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    SCOTT COX: 'Fargo' TV series is must-see stuff

    When I heard they made a TV series out of the Coen Brothers' classic 1996 film, "Fargo," I greeted the news like I greet most news -- with an attitude. It just seemed to me that "Fargo" was pretty much perfect as it was. But, skepticism...

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    SCOTT COX: Time to spare? Go bowling

    I've decided to bring back bowling, which is weird because I only recently found out it was gone in the first place. Many, many years ago my wife and I used to bowl in a league. Then we decided to take a couple of decades off. Well, this...

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    SCOTT COX: A happy Scott at Happy Jack's

    This week's salad was eaten at the request of not one but two nice folks who wrote me about it. And it was at Happy Jack's Pie 'N Burger, so it's not like anyone had to twist my arm. Did you know Happy Jack's has salad? Neither did I....

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