Monday, May 29, 2017

The Ladybug

My buddy Paul's mom has this thing where every time a ladybug lands on you, it's a message from her son. Him saying, "Everything's going to be OK." Even though I see lots of ladybugs, none has ever really landed on me, which is OK too. I knew Paul for about half of his 26 years on Earth. We...

Why your save-the-date prohibits me from attending your wedding

Dear Former Colleague, I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know I got your save-the-date. I ran into my old roommate (well, it was actually the ex-girlfriend of my old roommate, who now lives in the house he and I lived in because he moved out of town and she took over the lease and...

Forever a Giant

Editor's Note: Sometimes (most of the time) professional sports franchises don't care. They're for-profit corporations. Their job is to put as many of us — millions of us — in the stands as they can. Other times ...well, other times — they do care. 2-19-14 Ms. Annemarie Hastings Vice President, Client Relations San Francisco Giants 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107 Dear Ms. Hastings, May...

How I lost my virginity …to the Swimsuit Issue

Editor's Note: Today's column is to honor this week's release of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The magazine's biggest-selling annual attraction has also deflowered three generations of young men. And so, if you're a mother to one of those young men, you may just want to stop reading here and click on this HGTV link instead. For...

To the surprise of few, today’s column declares ‘I’m gay’

Until yesterday, today's column was to be known as just another commentary on how desperately hard the NFL tries to stay in the headlines during its offseason especially when overshadowed by the specter of the Winter Olympics set in a seaside community where the weather is 60 degrees and sunny and the whole thing is overseen by a scowling...

This Olympics I’m a Lindsey Van fan

During the winter of 2010, I was lucky enough to call Park City, Utah home. It was the year America fielded its biggest Winter Olympic squad to date, and, after bringing home 37 medals from Vancouver, its most successful. By Andrew Pridgen Park City, the host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, better known as the "Roots beret games", is permanent home...

The funeral of my father

This past weekend was my father's funeral. We buried him in a family plot on the Central Coast of California. Nearby was another dusty square of land that used to belong to my great-great grandfather. It was there, in a barn that still stands, my father would attempt to milk cows early on summer mornings. It was there he...

Register today for Judd Apatow’s wacky, wild …and, in the end, a little bit sentimental Fundurance Run®

You've crawled under live barbed wire, climbed over giant wooden obstacles and waded through rivers of other people's pee only to come out on the other side to adjust your headband crooked and rub mud on your face for the post-finish photos at the Tough Mudder. You've pushed yourself to the limit staying up all night with strangers in a...

Eleventeen things U of O football players should throw snowballs at …besides the BCS

When I first heard a bunch of University of Oregon scholar athletes were caught on camera snowballing around campus last Friday, I was pretty outraged ...and excited — especially after I looked up what snowballing means in the Urban Dictionary. Then I became one of 3.3 million to watch the clip of the players snowballing with actual members of the U of...

For my dad

I've never been one to marvel at the mystery of fathers and sons. Rather, I never questioned that those relationships are anything if not imperfect and a little bit bleak from the onset. And I've always been OK to leave it at that. By Andrew Pridgen My own father has come to the end of his life. I know this because...

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