Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why Record Store Day matters

Rub your eyes and scoff and snort and click on some other link with astounding cat facts. That's fine. I get it. I don't really want to be reading about Record Store Day either. After all, it's sort of a cheap play right? By Andrew Pridgen Record Store Day is not important or of its time like the other big celebrations...

Finding Nirvana in Northern Nevada

Joan Jett-fronted Nirvana limps to the threshold of the Rock and Roll HOF Thursday evening for its Brooklyn-based induction. For decades, I labored under the notion that living in the West meant some kind of access to unfettered wide open space. Maybe, truly, the Dixie Chicks had a bigger hold on the conversation than I gave them credit for....

My heroes have always been journalists

When I was young, I never pushed a red firetruck around and made siren noises. I never put on a blue uniform with a shiny badge and chased the bad guys down the sidewalk in front of my house. I never brandished a gun and tromped through the grassy back yard jungle tiptoeing to avoid fake land mines. From...

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...

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