Monday, February 19, 2018

This (actually) is 40

Today I turn 40. Hooray. Hooray for me. Actually, hooray for my mother and my father and my sister and brother-in-law. Hooray for my friends who’ve managed to stick around. Some a couple years, others since 8th grade, one since birth. Hooray for my exes, all of whom had to suffer through snippets of four decades of growth, insecurity and...

How McConaughey sold me my first Lincoln in under a minute

Matthew McConaughey's latest turn as a car spokesman for the new Lincoln MKC is a collection of snippets from a presumably ambling Texas-sized brand of life that make me never want to grace the upholstery of a foreign-born car with my backside ever again. The good-ol'-boy. The movie star. The comically infused charmer. The recalcitrant genius. The guru...

Lead from the Front: A Memorial Day tribute

My buddy CPT Joe Schultz, a Green Beret, was killed in action—on Memorial Day. By Andrew Pridgen 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...

Don’t go to Yosemite this summer

Your family’s summer Yosemite National Park trip is well-intentioned and stupid. By Kyle Magin Unless you’re pulling a mid-week visit and staying in the high country—which, let’s be honest, is only satisfying and/or possible for your most granola/well-funded/unemployed friends—you’re visiting the world’s most-visited national park with everyone else who has a weekend free this summer, which means literally everyone. You’ll sit in...

A Christmas Prayer from the Evangelical Trump Voter

Please bow your heads... By Andrew J. Pridgen Dear Lord, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, At this time of uncertainty, please keep us on this Christmas Day from being preoccupied by the distractions that face a nation and a world. And please punish mightily with sores on the crooks of their elbows the almost three million extra Americans, mostly from...

Thank You, Secret Trump Supporter

...We never saw you coming. Written by Bridget Clerkin Togetherness. Unity. A shared consensus in faith. These are the final words of advice Barack Obama has used his pulpit to promote, at once a reminder of the civility we should strive for and an example of its importance in preserving our fragile morals. In the face of an electorate unified only in...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

The paradox of courage

Courage: the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. By Justin Broglio There are a lot of famous quotes documented on the topic of courage. A good majority on the physical kind that arises from the fight-or-flight response in our brains, and a whole lot more said about the moral...

The man I knew but never met

The best are beloved because they transcend the medium. They are sitting next to us on a park bench, riding shotgun on a road trip or sharing a bag of peanuts flying coach. Robin Williams was one such entertainer. Over the last 24 hours since word broke of the actor's passing, everywhere I look I see people recounting run-ins...

My first Sunday without the NFL

Last Sunday was my first without the NFL. It felt good. It felt right. It felt familiar. When I was little, I was a 49ers fan. I was a 49ers fan because my father was a 49ers fan. That's usually how those things work. I remember my father and I would watch 49ers playoff games. I remember we would...