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Did you have a good Fourth? I confess to eating more than my share of spit-roasted pig and drinking beer along with 100 others at a great party. On Sunday, I met some nice people at Breakfast in the Park. I hope tons of money was raised for hospice work that day. The raffle was amazing.

I was surprised to receive an e-mail saying there was a cowboy poetry and music festival in Monterey, of all places (somehow I think of Nevada or Texas when I think of cowboy poetry). Not only that, but it won’t be held until early December, yet tickets are already on sale. Must be popular. Interested folks should go online at http://www.montereycowboy.com or call 1-800-722-9652. But Bill Gainer tells me August is the month for cowboy poetry here in town. Stay tuned for details.

Hear about Dragon? It’s a voice recognition program for PCs, and according to a Newsweek article (May 28, 2007), it works pretty well. Now that’s progress; and I, for one, can’t wait until this technology is widespread and very affordable. Then I can dictate my great American novel to my computer. More technology: An up-to-the-minute video game – SpaceStationSim 2.0, published by Enlight Software – allows a player to create his or her unique design of the International Space Station, complete with six crew members and detailed, functioning interior components – complete, it’s supposed, with a computer that fails. It’s $19.95; go online at http://www.spacestationsim.com for more.

A tip: Visit http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/charts/genre_index.jsp to view music hits by genre.

Swami Beyonananda offers the following mantra to banish the ego in three easy steps: Ego … egoing … egone. Pure wisdom, don’t you think?

Will I see you at the California WorldFest this weekend at the fairgrounds?

-Pam Jung, pjung@theunion.com; (530) 477-4232.

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