Caveman Scribbles, At Best

December 1, 2009

When I was in grade school we didn’t receive grades for penmanship. We learned how to write, sure, and I remember those heady days when we were first allowed to try our hand at cursive. All those loops, those swirls! The letters linking arms to form each individual word. I want to say it was…
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A Penny Saved Is a Penny Urned

November 12, 2009

Yesterday my Mom and I went to a Veterans Day breakfast held by the Friends of Danang, the humanitarian group I went to Vietnam with. The breakfast was held at the Marriott downtown and so we parked at the arena and walked to the hotel while enjoying a crisp November morn. Brilliant blue skies, a…
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Chapter One

November 4, 2009

Those of you who write or blog or whatever involving the stringing of words know that November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) and this year I’m giving it a shot and who knows? Maybe I’ll actually crank out the required 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Anyway, here’s Chapter One: It’s a cliché but…
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One-Outer

October 26, 2009

I was in a good mood. My Nittany Lions had just dragged a squirming and squealing Wolverine squad behind the woodshed for a long-overdue stick beating and now I was at the bar with my girlfriend and her gang to watch the Penguins. I was sipping yet another beer and enjoying the evening when Dave…
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Tech Wreck

October 15, 2009

When it comes to discussing events that I cover I have two rules: I never, ever complain about covering a Hold-Em-only event, not after my nightmarish time working the $50K H.O.R.S.E event in 2008. I never, ever complain about covering a tournament where English is spoken at the table, not after I couldn’t understand a…
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A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

September 29, 2009

The other day I sat down and wrote out the reasons why I haven’t been posting here. The list grew to six items, which I’m not going to bother you with. Suffice to say I’m gonna try to do better, write more, eat more fiber, etc etc. Anyway, last weekend I went to Penn State…
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You Don’t Know Dick

August 31, 2009

I was Twittering while watching last night’s episode of Mad Men and asked a question that was misinterpreted by a few. Understandable as media criticism is difficult at 140 characters a pop, but what I was wondering about was this–how did Dick Whitman become Don Draper? Not, as a few people quite reasonably thought, how…
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Uh, I Like What You’ve Done With the Place

August 12, 2009

As I stepped off the elevator and onto the floor of Pittsburgh’s new Rivers Casino, this is the first thought that went through my head: “Man, this is pretty (deleted) weird”. Because the Rivers Casino is a…casino. Looks like a casino, sounds like a casino. Got the flashing lights and the slot machine toodle-oodling and…
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Bump in the Night

August 7, 2009

I have an active imagination. Not an over-active imagination, mind you. People who describe themselves as having overactive imaginations tend to be either weird (and not often in a fascinating-weird kinda way, more a queasy-weird way) or really, really scary. Or they’re these pretentious “I’m so interesting, let’s sit down for an hour and talk…
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Took Me Out to the Ballgame

July 23, 2009

Look, I have nothing against kids. Really. I don’t even mind when they act like…kids. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls, to bastardize the Kinks. That said, yesterday I went to an afternoon ballgame and spent nearly the entire time hunched in my seat with a sour look on my face. All…
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