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John Sciacca Writes...

Features, Reviews and a Blog by John Sciacca

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Random Thoughts (Blog)

Discovering a slice of The Sciacca history

Posted on January 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Today finds me in Alabama, staying with Dana’s sister’s family as we await funeral arrangements for Dana’s uncle, who sadly passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday.

 

So, we’re here and the weather has been an awful, snowy nightmare. The weather has been hovering in the upper 20s/lower 30s and they got about a foot of snow and ice and frozen rain that all came down in a horrible “...

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Lauryn's Razor Perceptions

Posted on January 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM Comments comments (6)

Kid’s are honest. Like *brutally* honest. Want to know the truth – like the REAL, go on, it’s OK, you can hurt my feelings, I really want to know truth? Then ask a young child something. But be *sure* you want to know. Because you might actually find out that that dress DOES make your butt look big. That your new hair cut is WAY too Bieber. Or that your make-up makes you look like Chuckles the Clown from Toy Story 3.

 

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Getting 2011 off to a good start

Posted on January 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM Comments comments (2)

Despite what young, idealistic, long-haired, non-sunglasses wearing, “Walk away, walk away, walk away, walk away” he will follow, 80’s Bono would have you believe, sometimes *everything* changes on New Year’s Day.

 

Last week I was nursing a head still slightly bruised and weary

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Lauryn, the artist: A Self Portrait in Two Parts

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (1)

I won’t lie; I would really love it if Lauryn would embrace my love for writing. I like to picture us sitting side-by-side on the couch one day, she with a hot cocoa, me with a latte, some cerebral, writerly jazz going on the stereo, each of us with our laptops out – me with a PC, Lauryn with a “Oh, dad! Why can’t you be cool?” Mac book – as we share WiFis and work on our writings. Bouncing ideas ar...

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Blu Friday

Posted on November 27, 2010 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Occasionally manufacturers will run promotions where they give you some extra money – called a “spiff” – if you sell one of their products. Maybe there are too many in the warehouse, maybe they need a loss for their year-end returns, maybe they are just concerned that with their crazy, Ponzi-pricing schemes that all of us TV sale...

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Lauryn's secret, rich, mystery family

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (1)

After Dana has handled the full day of workin' in a coal mine goin' down-down which can be some days of taking-care-of-Lauryn chores, I step in at night to help out and handle the nighttime bed routine. Now, the nighttime bed routine has evolved over these near 4 years to the finely honed, well-oiled machine that it is today and any variance of the routine is frowned upon by all parties. But particularly by Lauryn.


A typical nighttime routine starts sometime after dinner whe...

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Lauryn has begun casting...

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Tonight during church Lauryn broke out her notebook and started storyboarding for her next project. (You can find her previous, Picasso inspired masterpiece here...) After several failed attempts, she finally latched onto an idea and quickly sketched out the major character for her upcoming feature length film debut, Mask 2: The Face is Back.

 

Details ...

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"...Even when I know you're wrong"

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM Comments comments (11)

While completing the daily bike circuit yesterday – oh, that’s right; I’m still biking! Not quite ready to join Team Lance but way less likely to join Team Heart Attack either – a song came on the old iPod from Train, “Drops of Jupiter.” That song has a line near the end that always resonates with me. In fact, I played it twice. The line is, “Your best friend always sticking up for you; even when I know you’re wrong.”

 

T...

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Dyson, you really suck!

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 12:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask Dana, I’m not much for cleaning. I’m not even really much for noticing when things have been cleaned. If not for Dana, I’d just push aside piles of clothing on the floor until I eventually ran out of clothes to wear; and at that point there’s even a good chance that I might just go and buy some more. That is I’m not much for it until I AM much for it, at which point I become a Nazi about it. When I’m no longer gonna speak about it, I’m go...

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What a Daddy-Daughter Day that was!

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 9:59 PM Comments comments (3)

I'm almost embarassed to admit that Lauryn is approaching 4 and I have yet to spend a full day alone with her. I believe that prior to today, my longest time alone with her has been about 3 hours when Dana has reached max gross load and just had to have a completely Sciacca-free afternoon.

 

But with the summertime free cinema coming to a close, I decided that ...

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Ladies and Gentleman, presenting: The Salt Shaker trick!

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (1)

For years, fathers have been passing things down to their sons. Stories, bits of wisdom, genetic abnormalities, a ceremonial carving knife, that Bulova automatic watch that my mom’s father gave to my dad that he now keeps in his top desk drawer. You know, stuff like that.

 

One of the things that my dad passed on to me – and that I am now passing on to Lauryn – is: The Salt Shaker Trick. But more on that later…

 

When we were growing ...

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Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do

Posted on August 12, 2010 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (5)

Last night we went out to the World Market, ostensibly to cash in a punch card for a free 12-ounce bag of coffee beans (the Saeco is insatiable and must be fed a regular diet of quality Columbian beanery).

 

But after I’ve finished explaining to Therese (is the last “e” silent or not? We’ll likely never know... ) why I was entitled to the free coffee and then she initiates this bizarre, ritualistic procedure of first ringing up a coffee and then re...

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My Kitchen to Chef Ramsey: Bring it!

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM Comments comments (6)

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how I was riding the unexpected tsunami gift wave from my parents. The first couple of candles on the Menorah were a new car. (Granted, not new-new, but 10 years newer than my car. But, I already went over this; click the link if you want to know more...)

 

So, it turns out that, unbeknownst to me, my parents have been t...

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My most favoritest day of the year

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 11:09 PM Comments comments (2)

Today, August 4th, is my most favorite day of the year.

 

This is the day that 16 years ago -- Yeeesh! I can't believe it's been that long. Sixteen years! Look at the young people in this picture. They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait ...

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Craig's List: I bow to you, sir!

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM Comments comments (9)

Wow. First off…just, Wow! OK, so my parents have been on the magnanimously generous giving streak of all giving streaks lately, and I have somehow managed to secure myself a First Class ticket aboard this gold and velvet lined gravy train. (The irony of this is that, as I’ve gotten older and – slightly – more successful and have needed their help and generosity less and less, they have become inversely more and more giving. It’s kind of like the reverse psycholog...

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I'm not saying she's Picasso, but...

Posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (6)

So we were sitting at church yesterday and my daughter, Lauryn, now 3 1/2, grabs a pen and one of my MANY CES notepads and starts drawing. The first thing I notice is that she is totally holding the pen correctly. (Well, she is totally holding it like me, which is something like a two-fingered death clutch with thumb support.) I'm not sure when she made this breakthrough, but this is the first time that I've noticed that she wasn't clutching the pen in her fist like she wants to use it as a s...

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Friday Night's all right for pizza

Posted on July 17, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (1)

I've mentioned before that one of our family's little weekly rituals is getting a pizza at the Piggly Wiggly on Friday nights. (Yes, that really is the name. Though consider the name of another local grocery chain -- Winn-Dixie, which is just slightly less offensively named than Die-Yankees. We also have Bi-Lo which certainly beats the alternative of Sell-Hi.)


We stumbled across this *sick* pizza deal a while ago which is a basically whatever-toppings-you-want freshly made ...

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Thanks for the wine, Dick!

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (4)

On the last day of my trip to San Diego, my parents and I visited Callaway Vineyards in Temeculah. While no longer owned by Ely, this was another retirement lark for the guy who founded Callaway Golf, of Big Bertha fame. (That we should all be so lucky to have two post-career careers that were this successful! I'd settle for one regular career a tenth as successful!) So while we were on the tour, a couple of things happened that I t...

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Losing a link to my past

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 6:01 PM Comments comments (3)

 My grandfather – my father’s father – passed away today. He was in mostly good health up until about a month ago, then he fell and started failing, and then really went down very quickly at the end.

 

If I'm being totally be honest, I must admit that I feel very emotionally conflicted over this.

 

On the one hand, this man – John Joseph Sciacca, more commonly known as Giovanni, but also somewhere along the way he adopted/earned/p...

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Gettin' my Biersch on!

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (5)

One of my favorite spots to hang out and grab a beer is Gordon Biersch. I have a ton of history with GB – Craig and I once got nailed trying to “borrow” one of their cool glasses from the SF brewery, I gave golf lessons to Dean Biersch, the guy who was “The Money” behind their startup gave me one of the first cases of bottled Marzen off the line, and Dana and I ate dinner their on our first date and the night we got engaged -- and I genuinely love ...

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