Dean Clough

September 27, 2023

Portico Darwin: An Epic Fail of Management in SF

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 3 Minute Read I often prattle on (bang on and on?) about the state of my beloved SF, including its best and worst. Here's a recent example of the former. But comprising a big part of the latter category are the tent encampments that exist in certain locations here. As you may know, the City and County of San Francisco...
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September 25, 2023

Portico Darwin: Paper Planes and Tim

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read Gosh, it's a shame you're not retired like I am. If you were, you could fully utilize today's post. But it's a Monday for you (another Saturday for me!), so you better not pour a Paper Plane and put on Tim. "My God, Portico - even for you, that is obtuse." Well, in the interest of relating to my working...
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September 22, 2023

Portico Darwin: Brandon & Joe, Please Go

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read I could also call today's post "A Refresher in Gratitude". Because, in summary: The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford and The United States' Joe Biden should both retire. Crawford now, and President Biden should say he's not running in 2024. While also being very thankful for their absolutely, posi...
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September 20, 2023

Portico Darwin: My Buffs and Deion Sanders

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Short of a self-imposed media blackout over the past few weeks, you've certainly heard the name Deion Sanders and about what he's doing as the head football coach of the Buffaloes, at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Which, as I've mentioned a couple of times, is my alma mater. I graduated in 1985...
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September 18, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Rolling Stones Should Stop Rolling

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Over the weekend, I read yet another "The Stones Are Back!" puff piece, this time in Culture's Fall Preview 2023 in The New York Times. For your Monday, I give you my response: F'ING ENOUGH ALREADY. Don't get me wrong - me and The Rolling Stones go way, way back, and I have always been a fan, at times ev...
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September 15, 2023

Portico Darwin: It Was ExxonMobil

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + Article Happy Friday, and lucky you, you're missing out on what was to be yet another rant about SF and its corrupted politics. But then I saw this referenced in yesterday's Dealbook, and well, that post is history. Or maybe the Earth is history? This is the f'ing Wall Street Journal blowing the lid o...
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September 13, 2023

Portico Darwin: Stop Making Sense in IMAX Mini Review

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read First, a rave worthy of the Boomer that I am, and now this. Let's turn to a 40 year-old concert movie, albeit arguably the best of them all. Monday night, I joined Byron Browne IV and Louise Lederhosen (fellow Thievery Corporation board members - so to speak - on Saturday) in attending one of the simult...
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September 11, 2023

Portico Darwin: Why I Hate Cars, Chapter Gizillion

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Today is September 11. I'm sure World War II was something, but 9/11, the 2009 financial crash, the pandemic, and January 6 were quite enough for this blogger. Onward, into an awkward transition . . . For today's post to make much sense, you'll need to first look at this from LinkedIn: https://www.linked...
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September 8, 2023

Portico Darwin: Writers & Actors Should Settle Right Now

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read It is a Friday, a day when many look forward to a couple of days of not working. Except for those that aren't working in the first place. You know: People like the ever-vacationing Hunter Deuce, me, and all of the writers and actors in Hollywood and elsewhere that are presently on strike. It is that last...
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September 6, 2023

Portico Darwin: This Is What I Mean

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read Hello Wednesday and it's great being retired. And also lazy, well-informed, and the editor of my own blog. Huh? Because I can decide to simply re-publish a brilliant article from my beloved Economist magazine as a post. Many of my whines about America stem from our refusal to learn from Europe; increasin...
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September 4, 2023

Portico Darwin: Not Your Average Sound System

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read Happy Monday of Labor Day, and what says "holiday weekend" more than a description and review of a recent sound system I installed? OK, virtually anything, but at least it involved "labor." As you might recall, not long ago, I went to Houston to install the WiFi and A/V at Dr. Shelly Murphy's new ginormo...
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September 1, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Rock Albums

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read (+ endless hours of listening) So many have asked (actually, absolutely nobody has asked), "Portico, what rock albums have meant the most to you? Not necessarily your opinion on the best, but what albums could you not shut up about, upon discovery?" Here they are. This is not my list of the greatest albu...
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August 30, 2023

Portico Darwin: Book Bans and You

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Say hello to hump day. As we observe the Presidential candidacy of Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, implode, it is useful to consider his pandering on culture war issues in his state. And some of his worst bootlicking has been providing cover for those who want to ban particular books i...
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August 28, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Hotel SOPTOC Chain - Short Stays

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 3 Minute Read Happy Monday, and let's make it interesting. If you've been following along at home, you know I've started putting out my (fantastical) ideas regarding addressing homelessness and lawlessness. I've put it all under the umbrella of Soft on People, Tough on Crime, or SOPTOC. I contend that if we make it ea...
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August 25, 2023

Portico Darwin: World Leader Pretend

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <2 Minute Read Welcome to Friday. I followed through on what I said to Hunter Deuce: I didn't watch Wednesday night's Republican National Committee debate. What follows is all I've read or heard on the subject; it is from The Economist's daily news briefing yesterday. “Eight presidential hopefuls tussled in the Republ...
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August 24, 2023

Portico Darwin: Paso Robles Travel Guide

OVERVIEW We were only here for 3 days, but holy smokes, did we see and do a lot in this easily Diamond Certified area. Diamond Certified for so many things beyond fine wine, which of course we guzzled, too. We visited rad places in and outside of Paso Robles, stayed on a swank ranch in Templeton, went to a wacky museum and even crazier...
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August 23, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Ethos of Neil Peart

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read Happy Wednesday. Upon our triumphant return from Paso (yes, yes - a Travel Guide is coming soon), I finished the last few pages of Neil Peart's excellent book, "Roadshow: Landscape with Drums." It is appropriately subtitled "A Concert Tour by Motorcycle," as it documents the late Rush drummer's decision ...
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August 21, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart Paso Robles + 90s Movies!

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + A Lot of Binge Watching Happy Monday and greetings from gorgeous Paso Robles. The upcoming Travel Guide will spell it out in all of its Diamond Certified splendor, but for now, here are a couple of tidbits to tide you over. I will say this: Mighty Mississippi played like their last gig was 5 or 6 days...
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August 18, 2023

Portico Darwin: Arrive Paso Robles & Mighty Mississippi

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read OK - let's get right into another long rant about Trump, and the lack of highspeed rail in the US. I will also work in more complaints (or brags!) about SF. Kidding! And happy Friday. Around noon today we are off on a highly-anticipated trip, and one almost certain to be immortalized in a proper Travel ...
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August 16, 2023

Portico Darwin: It Was The U.S. Senate

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read I know, I know: I've regressed and have been writing about policy, if not politics (OK, maybe some politics, too) quite a bit lately. You can blame the United States Senate. Because hopefully we've now come to the final chapters in one of America's worst stories: the criminal melodrama of Donald J. Trump...
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August 14, 2023

Portico Darwin: Platforming

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read For the record, I am thrilled President Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to further investigate the dodgy Hunter Biden. If Hunter did something illegal, he should be prosecuted. If the criminality involved his father, so be it - he should be impeached and removed from ...
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August 11, 2023

Portico Darwin: The Numbers Are In . . .

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read . . . and they are ugly. Happy Friday, and my apologies in advance for sharing this rather sobering information ahead of your weekend. But Gallup - the polling company - has been doing a big annual survey for 20 years now of how Americans feel on a variety of topics, and the results merit your attention....
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August 9, 2023

Portico Darwin: Barbieland is Real and That's Not Good

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 4 Minute Read I mentioned on Monday that we saw Barbie this past Sunday. My God is Margot Robbie f'ing hot. There, that's the post. No, that's wrong. In actuality, she's really f'ing hot, but that's still not what today is about. Since Sunday, I've had a chance to consider 3 different, but related, inputs, and - shock...
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August 7, 2023

Portico Darwin: The End of Everything

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 3 Minute Read Happy Monday, and how about a touch of Debbie Downer? You can thank the demise of college football's Pacific 12 Conference for the inspiration. Because lately, I've been thinking quite a bit about things that used to be, yet are no longer. Or still are, but rendered irredeemably Bogus. While it is sad fo...
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August 4, 2023

Portico Darwin: Soft Power and You

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 1 Minute Read + 8 Minute External Article Here's something to ponder for the weekend. I came across this interesting article from Foreign Affairs Magazine about the United Kingdom's British Broadcasting Corporation, the legendary BBC. I share it today as a reminder of the importance of a nation's soft power. For an ex...
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August 2, 2023

Portico Darwin: Branding Can Hurt

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 3 Minute Read Let's call this Worst Wednesday. Because today is about the two worst branding decisions I have personally witnessed. And I'm almost 60, FFS! Disclaimer: I am no branding, or even marketing, expert. But by now, you must know there's no correlation between my expertise and my popping off on a given subjec...
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July 31, 2023

Portico Darwin: 1970s SoCal

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <1 Minute Read + Great External Stuff Happy Monday. Today's post is short, so at least there's that. I love to write, and I remain amazed by its inspiration. Like today. As you may have heard, a founding member of The Eagles, Randy Meisner, passed on. And there you are - a blog. Meisner's death, and one of my favorite...
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July 28, 2023

Portico Darwin: The One Where I Complained The Most

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <4 Minute Read Happy Friday. Julie and I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in SF. And with all due modesty, that also (still) implies the world. This is down the street one block. Sorry, but it's true. Which begs the question: how on Earth can a man talk about Xanadu and paradise and winning lotteries and gratit...
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July 26, 2023

Portico Darwin: You are in Section 230

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS <3 Minute Read A hump day in the middle of summer? What better time for a dry policy discussion! And on the topic of Section 230 to boot! Try to calm your excitement and pay attention, because the adjustments I propose (really, stole, from Scott Galloway) below to this regulation could largely clean up social media. O...
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July 24, 2023

Portico Darwin: Depart Mendocino (Xanadu)

TODAY'S RAMBLINGS 2 Minute Read + a 13 minute (!) song Actually, this is probably more appropriately entitled "My Most OCD Blog Post Yet". Why? Because our destinations this weekend, Mendocino and personal Happy Place Anderson Valley, are not unlike paradise, and are a big muse. I have visual evidence. We depart in a couple of hours to...
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