Monday, June 26, 2017

Why it’s OK to root for present-day San Francisco to fail even if (especially if) you’re from there

A gated community. A city that is becoming uniformly wealthy, out of reach and out of touch. Too much reclaimed wood. Too many high-backed chairs. Teardrop light fixtures, everywhere. Soulless where there used to be a soul. Blank screens where there used to be imagination...Some shitty tapas place called Bask (get it, it's Basque!) where there used to be...

How it feels to be a Duck

It is the morning after Oregon’s worst home loss since the beginning of the Carter administration...and I couldn’t be more nostalgic or more proud. By Andrew Pridgen I first came to know the University of Oregon in the fall of 1993. I was a freshman in Eugene and those first 90 days between drop-off and Thanksgiving were as eventful and...

How to remember Erik Roner’s life without focusing on his death

Truckee resident Erik Roner, 39, died Monday in a skydiving accident at Squaw. The incident was the equivalent of a NASCAR driver perishing in a head-on on the way to the store to grab a gallon of milk. That said, Roner was a guy who lived without limits and died within them. I only hope his life is recalled...

My brief and torrid love affair with the iPhone 6s

We all love our handheld devices. Some a little more than others. By Andrew Pridgen Me: Hey. iPhone 6s: Hey Me: How’s it? iPhone 6s: Good. U? Me: Good. iPhone 6s: … Me: Sorry. I’m kinda new at this. lol. iPhone 6s: Don’t worry. I get it. Me: So, um. How does this work? iPhone 6s: ...Wow. No small talk? Me: I know what I want. iPhone 6s: Sounds like it. Me: So,...

Old Dude is Still Figuring out Facebook, Blows Up Horndog Fest for Julia Mancuso

This week's social media equivalent of someone 'introducing' you to Modest Mouse. By Kyle Magin People who are sincere on social media are the best. A typically fun/sexy/I-live-in-sunny-perfect-places Facebook post from World Cup skier Julia Mancuso of she and bestie/rad snowboarder Hannah Teter paddleboarding in bikinis on Lake Tahoe this week produced this particular comment thread: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaMancusoUSA/photos/a.10151613204437693.1073741826.131459577692/10152906345252693/?type=1&comment_id=10152906353447693&offset=0&total_comments=124&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22} Robert Dwyer Perfect butt! ! Like ·...

Born to Run came out the same year I did and it probably means more to me than it should

This week 40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Born to Run dropped. It was the first big album with small intentions and remains a reminder of a moment when commerce and art committed to one another fully. By Andrew Pridgen The closest thing to a big rock album this century, the Foo FIghters’ Sonic Highways, was a...

Let’s host a Winter Olympics in a city with more than 1 million impoverished mole people, no clean water or air, zero chance of snow and venues more than...

The mistake of Beijing as host of the 2008 summer games is all but forgotten in wake of disastrous decision to award the 2022 winter games...to Beijing. BTW, has the Olympic Torch ever been used to light a city on fire? By Andrew Pridgen The IOC this week chose Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics based on the 2008...

Why there is nothing white people love more than dead hot white women

Sad but true. Missing White Women Syndrome is a thing. A sickness. And our society is currently ill from it. By Andrew Pridgen Here’s a quick list of things white people like almost as much as dead hot white women: Weddings because we like spending exorbitant amounts of money on things that we know aren’t going to last. Disneyland, because we can’t stop...

Serena Williams is the Sting of tennis…and that’s a good thing

How many more decades do Serena and Sting have to toil and dominate before we stop treating them like the belt loop for which society hangs its mobile device and start giving them their due as today's GOATs? By Andrew Pridgen It’s like there should be three 30 for 30 documentaries about Serena Williams. One for each generation of tennis she’s...

The worst day of my life was spent wine tasting

The life and near-death experience of a day spent among the vines By Andrew Pridgen It sounded like such a good idea. It’s someone’s odd-numbered-year birthday. There’ll be a limo-van thingy. Girls in unnecessary boots. Guys in unnecessary scarves. We’ll order lunch off a chalkboard that’s made in a truck. Day drinking! A group photo-op on the lawn while blurry bocce...

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