Friday, April 28, 2017

This Western States 100 Sizzle Reel is going to make you want to run 100 miles and be a better human being

You’ve seen it right? Five minutes that will change your life. By Andrew Pridgen The Western States 100 is a cross-country mountain range running race that starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA, rushes up a giant granite rock face and then ambles 97 more miles of dirt and stream and loose rock and mule ear 18,000 feet toward the...

Locals and Conservationists May Have to Make a Deal with the Devil to Save Squaw

How to un-fuck Squaw Valley. (Click here to see why it's fucked.) By Andrew J. Pridgen Squaw CEO Andy Wirth has become something of a sympathetic creature of late in that he has to continue to carry a party line that is completely out of step with the community, with the environment and with industry trends. Wirth’s employer is currently stopping just...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

My Facebook feed reminds me constantly that things are TOTALLY OK in America

Keep it going! By Andrew J. Pridgen When I moved down here, I vowed not to read any news, or books, or listen to any public radio, or go outside and see for myself, or walk into a cafe and talk to — you know — actual people. I mean, that’s why I moved down here. Here is 28 feet underground in a...

Hey Oregon football, never f*cking tell me what to wear again

#wearyourflannel By Andrew J. Pridgen Those who know me know one thing: I am sartorially challenged. To take down a wholesale inventory of my wardrobe is to read a normal person’s packing list for a three-day work trip: Two pair(s) of jeans, one for work, one for Friday/Saturday go-out (no, they don’t have white stitches.) Two business casual work shirts with various...

So we’re clear, traditional moderates and conservatives are just as fed up with this bullshit

Republicans have over the last decade been co-opted by a fringe movement and remade themselves into a party of ridiculous piety, insecurity and wealth. They are a danger to the rest of us as long as the rest of us remain silent. That time has ended. How do we know this? Look no further than Utah.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Like the...

Welcome to The Suck Graduates

It’s graduation season, which means if you’re bedecked in a mortar board and tassel everyone older than you is about to offer advice. Which is fine. It’s exciting to see graduates. Your smiles are indelible. Your gowns pressed so neatly juxtaposed with that look in your eye, like you know something the rest of us don’t. It’s irresistible. By Andrew...

Growing up a racist — and trying to do something about it

Growing up white in the post Civil Rights era pushed racists into the closet. And they have done a good job — until now — hiding their true colors. By Andrew J. Pridgen My name is Andrew Pridgen, and I am one racist-ass motherfucker. Hard to believe, right? A white kid from Marin County who grew up with every access and advantage known...

Ziggy Snider’s no. 1 fan

As Indy 500 prepares for its 100th start Sunday morning, a story about my father and how much he longed to be a part of just one of them. By Andrew J. Pridgen For almost a decade starting in the late-'70s my family lived in Bakersfield. My attorney father was doing oil litigation, and my mother had grown up in...

P&G’s Olympic mom spots are making my eyes all sweaty

Procter & Gamble’s Olympic advertising is designed to leave you a sobbing mess, and they’re assholes for being good at it. Written by Kyle Magin I knew what I was doing when I YouTubed Procter & Gamble’s 2016 Olympic ‘Moms’ ad. In every Olympics since 2010, P&G has run an ad designed to make you weep by showcasing the devotion of...

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