Wednesday, February 21, 2018

You know your sister is a “real” marathon runner when…

Elizabeth Ewens will run the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, 2016 in honor of her father. By Andrew J. Pridgen My sister started running again shortly after our father died in January of 2014. It's not like she was brand-new to the sport. A little more than a decade prior, she, just months removed from having my nephew, completed her...

I met Star Wars on Front Street

It wasn't as pretty but life was sometimes simpler with commercials on VHS. (Also, found: the link to the original ending of Jedi.) Written by Kyle Magin A green dot, a red dot and a blue dot, blotted in sharpie on three VHS tapes with worn jackets, signified an important choice in my childhood. Each one demarcated a chapter in the...

The things we learn from the people who are gone

On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz’s humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar and Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, died instantly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Joe Schultz left this earth not by...

There is only one way to take our country back

It is clear today more than any other time in U.S. history, the Republican nominee is the biggest threat to the safety and sovereignty of this nation and must be defeated by all 50 states. By Andrew J. Pridgen Growing up, the thing I looked forward to most in school was saying The Pledge of Allegiance. I liked how everyone...

When all you have is cruelty

There is only one word to describe the mandate of the incoming administration: "cruel." By Andrew J. Pridgen Donald J. Trump is a cruel human being. He is a cruel husband. He is a cruel father. He is a cruel businessman. And I’m sure were he to have ever opened his cruel heart long enough to have one, he would be...

The unflinching realness of Bill Paxton made my life a better place to be

Bill Paxton died Saturday of complications from surgery at age 61. The Fort Worth-Texas native appeared in every man of a certain age’s top five favorite movies including: The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). By Andrew J. Pridgen I cannot understate the loss of...

Why use of ‘air quotes’ is only like the 17th worst thing about this LA Times Multiplatform Editor job post

The actual job would best suit someone with experience in fast food expediting...or maybe a robot—the good kind. (A dog robot that can edit video and code a little might work too.) -or- THIS is everything wrong with print digital media. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are two types of people who read journalismjobs.com — the site that for the last decade and...

Turns out, they all cheat and lie and steal

The Paradise Papers prove what most of us already knew: it’s all a fucking scam. The rest of us shrug and go about our day. By Andrew J. Pridgen I’m an adult. At least I see an adult when I look in the mirror. So I should know better. I know people. I seek out the best but expect the...

Your hateful, misinformed memes have TOTALLY changed my mind

Holy shit. What have I been thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen There I was, going along, trying to do right by my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Trying to make sense of what this country is going to look like in a decade not only in the context of where we are now in the complex age of globalization and ever-shrinking...

This (New Year’s) resolution will not be televised: The migration of the drowning butterfly

DPB editor Kyle Magin tried to swim a 200-meter butterfly to kick off 2016. These are his hazy, guy-with-cardiac-problems-during-a-stress-test recollections. Written by Kyle Magin 0-25 meters The butterfly was created by some Australians in the 1930s who wanted to make the breaststroke faster. At first it was actually swum with its arm motion and the breaststroke kick, which seems like a solving...