Saturday, September 23, 2017

To Paul on your 40th

Every year for his birthday, I write a note to my buddy Paul K. Sloan. Paul died on the 89th floor of the South Tower, World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Usually it’s a pair of letters. The first (uncensored) is hand-written and put in the box. And the second has the good parts taken out and made suitable for...

Coping with the unshareable vacation

It’s a tree-falls-in-the-woods-type problem I have: If you’re on vacation but aren’t posting on Facebook, is it really a vacation? By Andrew Pridgen I’ve diagnosed myself with a new syndrome, it’s called: Vacation Association Perception Inferiority Disorder, or VAPID for short. I’m pretty sure millions of Americans suffer in silence and I’m hoping they make a pill for it and call...

Why there is nothing white people love more than dead hot white women

Sad but true. Missing White Women Syndrome is a thing. A sickness. And our society is currently ill from it. By Andrew Pridgen Here’s a quick list of things white people like almost as much as dead hot white women: Weddings because we like spending exorbitant amounts of money on things that we know aren’t going to last. Disneyland, because we can’t stop...

The worst day of my life was spent wine tasting

The life and near-death experience of a day spent among the vines By Andrew Pridgen It sounded like such a good idea. It’s someone’s odd-numbered-year birthday. There’ll be a limo-van thingy. Girls in unnecessary boots. Guys in unnecessary scarves. We’ll order lunch off a chalkboard that’s made in a truck. Day drinking! A group photo-op on the lawn while blurry bocce...

Hey Bro, have you seen my Bronco Pump?

I’m only asking because I think you were the last to use it. By Andrew Pridgen ...Actually, that’s not totally true. We were the last to use it. It went something like this: We were hanging out playing Mario Kart and you were like, “This game's racist because the whole cart with a 'k' thing...and we should go get a keg.” And...

This Western States 100 Sizzle Reel is going to make you want to run 100 miles and be a better human being

You’ve seen it right? Five minutes that will change your life. By Andrew Pridgen The Western States 100 is a cross-country mountain range running race that starts at the base of Squaw Valley USA, rushes up a giant granite rock face and then ambles 97 more miles of dirt and stream and loose rock and mule ear 18,000 feet toward the...

The NBA Finals: This jacket is the real MVP

With apologies to Andre Iguodala (and Quentin Tarantino), the night the Warriors won their first title since 1975, this is how I tucked my son in after the Warriors' 105-97 NBA Finals-clinching victory. By Andrew Pridgen Hello, little man. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I’m your dad. I was in that pit of hell called being a Warriors fan...

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