Friday, March 24, 2017

If an over-financed, under-loved climber is injured or dead on Everest, it must be May

I couldn’t feign surprise by the news of injured guys in the very merry month of May Written by Kyle Magin Like that annoying Justin Timberlake meme or the resultant flora from April showers, there’s no more sure way to tell May has arrived than to find out some well-funded sociopath has harmed or killed himself (or, infrequently, herself) trying to...

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

I realize this isn’t the only Prince tribute you’ll read today. But I want to talk about something specific, his eyes. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a couple beers tonight, I’ll start talking about Purple Rain; but not about the music or the motorcycle or the Oscar win from a now-defunct category because the Academy decided nobody could do Best...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

To my father on his 70th

Today Craig A. Pridgen would have turned 70. This is what he taught me. By Andrew J. Pridgen The father of one of my best friends growing up had a study. It was down a long hallway of the second story of their house and it mostly sat empty—the darkest, most shadowy corner of the home. I never set foot inside...

Turns out the Eagles didn’t totally suck

I used to believe Glenn Frey was pop music’s Antichrist...until it dawned on me, he might have been the Eagles’ (and my) savior. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up fucking hating the Eagles. It was for a lot of reasons and really none of them were about the band or its songs. To me the Eagles were the worst (see: most...

The day I fell for Alan Rickman

-OR- Why I always wish it was John McClain instead of Hans Gruber who gets pushed off Nakatomi Plaza. By Andrew J. Pridgen It's no secret my love for Die Hard. I love the fact that I always ask myself new questions every time I watch it: Why didn’t one of the German terrorists drown in the giant fountain of the lobby...

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...

Scott Weiland was the rock star you thought you could have been

Those who consider themselves knowers of music never paid much attention to Scott Weiland in his prime. His voice, not great. His lyrics, predictable. His moves, borrowed. His career, too long. But now that we’ve lived in the future long enough, we know there was no one better. By Andrew Pridgen Kurt Cobain was too beautiful and broken to be...

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...

Yogi Berra took a little piece of heaven with him

“Mr. Berra,” his first Yankee manager Casey Stengel once said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.” He died Tuesday at age 90. By Andrew Pridgen I don’t believe in heaven. Not the kind they try to sell you on TV, anyway. There is no life in the clouds, no harps to greet you, no 24-hour Angel food cake...

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