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April 23, 2017

The night was chilly, and I shivered in the backseat a little.

It was 1998. My mom was newly married with a sweet newborn, and the four of us were heading home after dinner.

“What time is it?” I asked, speaking without thinking first, as I was quickly learning had consequences.

The car…

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April 23, 2017

I swear, sometimes I think Jimmie Johnson just likes to toy with us.

After six largely lackluster races to start 2017, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports team not only broke through for their first win of the year at Texas two weeks ago, but they did it in the last race before NASCAR entered its…

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April 22, 2017

My supervisor at the community college ran the Boston Marathon last week. Fortunately, he never trains at the college, which could damage my reputation.

Around campus, I've managed to project the image of a mild fitness nut: Fleshy, yet not overly bitter. I'm among the relative few who use the…

April 15, 2017

The discussion on a recent radio program was about professions that can be automated and those that cannot. I was disappointed to hear that parenting teenagers was not among the jobs for which you can hire a robot.

Later that same day, another story in the news made me think that perhaps some…

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April 09, 2017

Texas Motor Speedway has established itself as one of the wildest spectacles in NASCAR.

The track helmed by master showman Eddie Gossage has become known for its wild pre-race shows, outlandish marketing schemes and, of course, Big Hoss, the 218-foot wide video screen that looms large over the…

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April 08, 2017

My dream of being recruited to play college sports finally has come true. Yes, it's community college dodgeball. So what? "College athlete" still gets added to the resume.

It is not surprising that I would be called up for my skills at this game. I'm a veteran player, having started young in the…

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April 02, 2017

 

After accomplished sprint car driver Dave Steele was killed in a crash last Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Florida, the national racing conversation unfortunately took its seemingly annual turn to the loss of another driver and the inherent dangers of racing.

I wrote about it in this…

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April 02, 2017

I’m getting a little tired of developers unveiling plans for fancy college student housing. When I was in college, off-campus housing was essentially a series of shoebox-sized hovels with paper-thin walls and “furniture” crafted from scraps of particleboard and Elmer’s…

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April 01, 2017

The Eighth Annual Rotary Clubs of Greenville Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday April 20, 2017, with the proceeds being used to complete the polio eradication goal and other community initiatives. The tournament will be a super ball format at the Greenville Country Club. Entry fees are $125…

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April 01, 2017

Another negative experience at the same world-renowned fast-food franchise recently afforded me an opportunity to ponder whether that company can survive without clean windows and floors or consistent customer service. I concluded that for me the place is already dead.

By that, I mean the joint has…

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