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". . .most among the throngs joined the communion and took up the quest, and chronicled their exploits that others might revel in their conquests; while now and again one would lie about in squalor and glut himself on sour grapes. . ."

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2005 2004 2002


Note:  All email addresses provided in reader correspondence are encoded to prevent their collection by automated webcrawlers for addition to SPAM lists.

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Year 2005

From: Patricia Penhall
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2005 11:44 AM
Subject: Memphis Blues


I just encountered "Memphis Blues" quite by accident by running an Internet search. Laughed for a long time. You see, I just escaped BACK to Chicago three weeks ago after having lived in Memphis for three very long years. My sanity is coming back piece by piece.

Anyway, loved it. Thanks for the entertainment. If you are not out of there by now.......May the Gods be with you.

Respectfully yours,

Chicago, IL

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From: Circle K 01286
Sent: Sunday, December 04, 2005 7:03 PM
Subject: You Forgot your Purse at Circle K

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

My Name is Samantha Lanz and I had a customer hand me your purse at 7 pm on December 04. I found your email address via a business card in your bag. Please call the Circle K in Wickenburg to verify that it is yours and a means of picking it up.

Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Sam Lanz
Wickenburg AZ

Dear Samantha:  I cannot thank you enough. You made our day! Thank you, thank you!  -L. Fox

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From: Merrill Nielsen
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 5:45 PM
Subject: Hanston, Kansas

Hello from Denmark, Kansas...just was told about your website having pictures of Hanston Kansas on them...and since I grew up there, I was wondering your connections.

My family, the Lupfers farm about three miles to the west of Hanston. My dad went to high school in Jetmore, but all my siblings and I went to Hanston. However, my youngest brother's son, who is a senior this year, will be in the last graduating class there.

If you are interested in the Mudge RanchB, I have an article in the Kansas Historical Society magazine from a few years back that I could copy for you . . . my grandfather's old girlfriend Maggie Caldwell wrote the story. Thanks for putting some Hanston pictures up on the web.


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Guestbook Entry
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 4:16 PM
Subject: Stone Fence Posts - Hodgeman County, KS

I lived in Jetmore until I was 7. I went back this year and enjoyed seeing the stone fence posts. Are you from that area?

Linda Wilson-Scott
Spokane, WA

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From: the Curator
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005
Subject: Outrage In New Orleans

We expressed our frustration over the slow governmental response to Hurricane Katrina in hopes of eliciting responses of varying flavors from our readers; but alas, the results were underwhelming in terms of numbers.  Click comments ( * ) below to read those we did receive.


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From: the Curator
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005
Subject: Living Playa Kit

Many readers have voiced an interest in our Living Playa Arrangement and Teaching Aid. While we are anxious to please our readers, we are a non-profit website and have difficulty providing the kits at a cost that is reasonable for the buyer without experiencing expense overruns in the accumulation and development of the materials.

We recommend that readers who are able to develop their own Living Playa Arrangement simply buy a good shell reference and collect their own shells during subsequent visits to the beach. In doing so you will acquire all of the conservation insight we are trying to disseminate and more. Feel free to use our ideas and copy our Living Playa web page as you wish, or change the style to suit your own imagination. If you would like an MS Word version of the page to use as a starting point, please drop us a line. Click the Subject link to review and evaluate our kit. Our Bibliography may contain additional useful references.

For those who cannot do their own collecting, we will endeavor to keep the kits available as long as there is an interest. The most economical way to order is in larger numbers, as the materials are accumulated and assembled independently for each order; teachers can experience substantial savings by ordering in this manner. For a quote, please drop us a line at our Living Playa email address, or click here.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Cortez Chronicles and related websites.


L. Fox,

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From: Bob Fester
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:39 AM
Subject: Captain Gringo

You guys are out there!

You need to check out a web site I put together in honor of Ex-Lieutenant Walker, aka "Captain Gringo".

Best and such
John A. Logan College
Carterville, Illinois

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From: Stephanie Faltus
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:28 AM
Subject: Hernando's Hideaway

My husband Oscar and I bought the old Hernando's Hideaway night club in Jan. 2005.
We only open on Friday and Sat. night until July 1st.
Alot of people in Memphis don't realize the Hideaway is still open. We plan to do alot of things with it but advertising is sooo expensive. Maybe we can squeez it in our budget in July.
Just wanted to let you know we ARE OPEN.

Thank you,
Memphis, TN

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Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2005 2:21 AM
Subject: Ritual de lo Habitual

. . . it is late, I couldn't sleep so I visited your web site to dream. I write to you to say, "thanks" I've enjoyed your stories very much. When I visit Mexico, I too am looking for much in the same. Although these stories are written with a lean on the rod, all the same elements are there. You see, these are written for a fly fishing site that I have made. The personal stories are mine not to share with those people, when I do start to write them, I would be sharing them with you.

I have varied interests as a native Phoenician.

Goto: to see for yourself.

Anyway, I'm just writing to say, "thanks again" and I really really appreciate it. I've been reading Bill Valentine's book since it came out, it's dandy and I enjoy that sort of thing. I've been down to Kino but mostly to the beaches and estuaries around Puerto Penasco. In my youth, I explored the Pacific coast of upper Baja on surf patrol. As a fisher and kite surfer as well as an adventurist, unfortunately for you, I am headed toward your areas. I promise not to bother you if we cross paths. I'll be the one with the huge kites or fishing at the edge.

All the best to you and here are my stories since I owe you for the good reading of yours. I'm tired now, good night.

Scottsdale, AZ

Ed. Note: Following are a few of Mr. Trahanís wonderful stories:
  • Playa Encanto
  • Fishin Mission
  • Ghosts of the Mar
  • Fishing the Beaches of Sonora
  • Sneak Attack
  • The Sea of Cortez
  • Rocky Point
  • The Coast is Clear
04/06/2007 Update: Unfortunately, Mr. Trahan's website seems no longer to exist. An inquiry has been lodged, and we will apprise our readers of any update.

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From: Melissa Vick
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 1:19 PM
Subject: My Ankle Injury

I don't know how I happened upon your web-diary but I couldn't believe my eyes. How is your wife's ankle? I'm a 32 (31 at the time), stay-at-home mom of a 3 year old. On January 14, 2005 we had a lot of ice on the ground here in Iowa. I was putting ice melt onto the driveway of our elderly neighbors. I came back to get the second bag of ice melt when I fell and broke my ankle in almost the exact way your wife broke hers! I saw the x-ray that you had posted and had to pull out mine to make sure that wasn't my own x-ray!

Well, I got my cast off . . .

(Continued in comments)

Manchester, IA

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Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:06 AM
Subject: Desemboque to Puerto Lobos

I've enjoyed reading your stories! I have been visiting the area around Desenboque for a few years and have always wondered if you could take the beach south from there to Puerto Lobos. If I understand your story regarding, I would take the road east off of the paved Why to Desenboque road labeled Barra Tanque. Continue on this until a fork with a sign again reading Barra Tanque. Do you know how the path is from there to Puerto Lobos? I usually go down with several friend who live in Puerto Penasco and we all have either 4wd or buggies. We are going to drive form Puerto Penasco to El Golfo (a trip we've done twice a year for the last 8 years) this coming May 24th and we'd like to try the Puerto Lobos run after returning form El Golfo sometime around May 28th. I would appreciate any info.

Pat Maciulla
Tucson, AZ

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Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 23:18 PM
Subject: Desemboque - Coastline

nice site   check out the new satillite feature on google maps and you can get a great view of all the coast south of Desemboque

Jerry Kelly
Santo Tomas,
Sonora, Mexico

Ed. Note:  Great suggestion! Go to, click [Satellite] in the upper right-hand corner of the picture, drag the Desemboque area to the center of the map and begin alternately magnifying the view and dragging the picture until you've found what you want.  Google Maps requires IE 6.0 or other state-of-the-art browser.

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From: Lance Holter
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 2:05 PM
Subject: Kongakut River Diary

I want to give you my Diary from our trip to The Arctic Refuge and our float down The Kongakut River with Robert Thompson-Inupiat resident of kaktovik, last year June 21, 2004.

Lance Holter
Paia, Maui

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From: Joy Caples
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 2:23 PM
Subject: Leslie C. Koontz Farm - What a Treat!

What a treat for me as I was "googling" today and came up with the great pictures from Grandpa Koontz'/Uncle Loren's farm. It has been awhile since I have been there but it has not changed much since I was so it brought back some great memories for me. Thanks for putting that together for all to enjoy.

I hope that the cousins can keep the Koontz reunion going. It seems to get harder and harder to do as we lose the Aunts and Uncles and those that really did a lot to pull it together.

Thanks for the great memories and a bright spot to my day. Take care!

Your cousin
Joy (Otis) Caples
Shawnee, KS

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From: Leon Turnbull
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 7:27 PM
Subject: Desert Waterfall - Carefree, Arizona

Thanks very much for this information about this waterfall. It is much appreciated.

Leon Turnbull

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Year 2004

Sent: Tuesday, December 28, 2004 1:05 AM
Subject: Rainforest!

Rainforest. That's good. So, are a lot of your other observations. Interesting place, this town. One of life's adventures.


Memphis, TN

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From: Carolyn Joye Dugan
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 11:47 AM
Subject: San Felipe


I'd forwarded your web site address to my kids and Sandi just called telling me how much she'd enjoyed it. She vacations in San Felipe and that area about yearly, so was thrilled to see your input.


Wichita, KS

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From: Sam and Darlene
Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2004 6:48 AM
Subject: South Dakota and The River

We are off to Yankton for 3 days to our family reunion, will be nice to be by the water. I came a different way home [last time we traveled], and saw some of the most beautiful part of S.D. that I never knew existed. south of Mitchell on 44 all the way across from Valentine. Whow!!! I want to move there. The river was to die for.

Eve, I want to tell you how much it meant to spend some one on one with your husband [when he was in S.D.], even though you were missed; but I truly think he has the kindest heart I have ever known in my life. He made me aware that I need to soften mine a whole lot, and I thank him for that. He always was and is very special to us.

Got to run,
Dar and Sam
Brookings, S.D.

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From: Karl Zimpel
Sent: Thursday, April 08, 2004 8:29 AM
Subject: Miller's Landing, Baja

Hi -- About a million years ago, 1976 (I think) I drove down the Baja peninsula. We went to Millers Landing which we found by following directions in a rockhounding magazine. I have long since lost the directions and the magazine. We've been back to Baja several times since and have wanted to find our way back to Millers Landing but have not been able to find it. Since you have pictures taken there, I assume you know where it is. We're planning to get back to Baja this summer and would like to get to Millers Landing. Could you please tell me how to get there?

Thank you and have a great day.

Karl Zimpel
West coast

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From: Eric F.
Wednesday, March 03, 2004 11:08 AM
Subject: Explosion

During all the posturing and rhetoric surrounding the gay marriage issue, there has been very little to explain WHY this should even be an issue of LAW rather than a social contract or religious commitment. Given some thought, the only real reason the government is involved at all is for TAX purposes. Federal and State laws, regarding marriage, provide certain tax incentives, both in the form of income tax reductions as well as advantages in other, non-income related, taxes. Thus, providing credence to gay marriages could drastically reduce our governments' yearly tax income by a decent percentage.

I suspect that replacing our current income tax system of varying rate schedules with a single flat-tax schedule would, in a large degree, make the question of LEGAL marriage all but disappear, placing it back into the social and religious context from which it originated.

Eric F.
Phoenix, AZ

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From: D. Stewart
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 10:26 AM
Subject: The Original Ugly American

Dear Whoever,

Original "The Ugly American" my ass.

Duncan Stewart
Bamberg, Germany

Mr. Stewart:  We can see the shoe fits you well; so by all means, wear it.  -L. Fox

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From: Eric F.
Monday, February 16, 2004 4:45 PM
Subject: The Commute

I see you're enjoying your retirement. . .kinda cramped quarters though, spending the day in the car. . .no parks near by?

Eric F.
Phoenix, AZ

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Year 2002

Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 1:28 PM
Subject: Checkout for Item # 2043263080: (Miniature Gas Powered 110v Generator - 350 W)

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