Friday, December 15, 2017

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...

The Elephant Bar is where dreams went to die were they to have known they were dreams in the first place

RIP Elephant Bar. We will miss that dry heave-inducing Kona Kooler and Chicken Lettuce Wraps combo over a post-work drink lament on a Tuesday. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was fortunate enough to call Concord my work home for three years early in my career. As a community reporter for the Contra Costa Times, my beats were Martinez, Walnut Creek...

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...

Barry Zito should have quit, but he didn’t

In every unironic way imaginable I am a Barry Zito apologist. The possibility of a Hudson/Zito reunion/match-up in Oakland next Saturday (9/26) for me is orbiting somewhere in the same solar system as being invited to the closed-door Creed/Balboa bout or standing next to Fredo in that weird Cuban sex club and discovering he’s the worst brother ever or...

Is there Life on Earth after Bowie?

David Bowie released his final album in his final hours and then boarded his flight home. Now what? By Andrew J. Pridgen On a foggy morning in February of 1985, I snuck into the Stockdale 6 Cinema in Bakersfield, California with my sister to watch The Breakfast Club. Before the opening credits, this card: And that was it. I knew someone, somewhere...

2016: A Year in the Life and Death of the Press Box

The Tributes By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Prior to 2016, Death of the Press Box wrote exactly one homage and that was more of a construction update on the Cal Neva hotel and casino. This year, in accordance with the changing conditions of the social, political, environmental and economic landscape that reversed the course of the conversation (mostly, in...

Tony Hawk sticks a 900 as a 48-year-old …why it’s important — and why it’s not

In his words, he did it because (he still) can. By Andrew J. Pridgen Tony Hawk was already ancient in his sport’s terms when he stuck the skateboarding’s Triple Lindy: A 900. That’s not one, not two, but two and a half full rotations in the air off a vert ramp. Or, to put it in layman's terms, that would be like...

I am none of the surprised that 2016 stole Alan Thicke from us just under the wire

…Oh I will waste another minute on my crying tonight. By Andrew J. Pridgen Saturday, August 27, 2016 might be one of the greatest sports days of my life. It started in an Uber in West Hollywood looking for a liquor store that sold Colt 45 Blast en route to Dodger Stadium and ended with a toast at famed hole-in-the...

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Another good-bye, but this time a premature one By Andrew J. Pridgen I encountered Anton Yelchin at a q&a after the press and industry screening of a movie he starred in called “Like Crazy” at Sundance 2011. A beanie’d kid with fair skin and light eyes was sitting next to me in the dark theater and when the lights went up he...

The Force has finally woken up Harrison Ford

Asleep at the box office for almost a quarter century, Harrison Ford is finally back thanks to Han Solo...and the man who originally took him out. By Andrew Pridgen I've spent the last 36 hours dissecting Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviews and from what I've culled...the good (NYT, The Guardian, SFGate) the bad (LA Times) and the indifferent (Variety)...