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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Luckily language is never in the exclusive control of scholars; it does not belong to them alone, as they are often inclined to believe; it belongs to all who have it as a mother-tongue. It is governed not by elected representatives but by a direct democracy, by the people as a whole assembled in town-meeting.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/15/2018

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  01:00 PM

The Garfield jazz band was at the Essentially Ellington competition in NYC the last couple of days, and came home with a 3rd-place finish. (2nd place was scored by a band from near Vancouver WA, which was attending the competition for the first time -- how cool is that?)

This was a sentimental trip for our girl Sabrina, since she's a senior and this will be her last visit to this particular competition. She was quite pleased that the band placed this year, giving them another notch in their already substantially notched belt.

That, and the Seattle Times article about the competition happens to include a picture that we were quite happy about:


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