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Archive for 2010

10/18/2010

Status Updates

  Listening to: Broken Bells, Eminem Recovery   Reading: Olive Kitteridge, ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue,” my new Time subscription.   Watching: House, Ultimate Fighter, Man v. Food, Chopped, Friday Night Lights season four (DVD), Dexter season four (DVD).   Writing: St. Armands Magazine restaurant wrap-up; December On the Beach visitor’s guide listings; a Karen […]

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10/11/2010

The Schedule Speed Wobble

Remember a couple weeks ago when I wondered at the fine line between satisfying all obligations and over-committing yourself? And how good it feels to have health, professional, social, civic and intellectual bases covered?   Yeah, I think I may have crossed that line.   That stretch a couple weeks ago, everything seemed to fall […]

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10/4/2010

October Ball

I had a whole diatribe written out about Evan Longoria: In case you missed it, the Ray’s third baseman bemoaned their low attendance in a tone that many fans (myself included) found…off-putting—especially considering Longo didn’t even play in the game in question, which was on a damn Monday night, and which they lost, anyway. There’s […]

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09/27/2010

The Full and Happy Life

Whew, what a weekend. Starting Thursday, my athletic schedule went kickball, hockey (practice), soccer, hockey (game), boxing. (Then add televised sports to that schedule: football, football, MMA, football, baseball, hockey, football, football.) And all this is still apparently not enough to combat the butter brickle ice cream left over from Kegtacular. I think I’m going […]

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09/20/2010

Business Class

I took an interesting side job last week. Karen Magee, a good friend and hockey teammate (and one half of the Wonderfuls who owned now-closed Jake’s Downtown), runs her own successful business consulting…business. I knew she worked a lot with start-ups, and I’ve stood in awe before at her grasp of business situations, but I […]

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09/14/2010

Fall Fantasy

CCB, Lombardi and me (in my Steve Young jersey). Still awaiting the subtle climate salve that is autumn in Sarasota, other things, I find, offer similar mental relief—none quite so much as football season.   In the process of organizing my thoughts for this blog, I realize I keep stumbling over things about fall that […]

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09/7/2010

God-Given Grits

Here’s the thing: I’m a little pissed about grits. It’s been slowly building for years now, but I’m finally there. What is it with grits in restaurants? Why do they suck?   I mean, crappy food at IHOP is one thing. But honest to god, we went to the restaurant in Charleston that’s famous for […]

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08/30/2010

The End of Summer

OK, OK, I know we still have plenty more 90-plus-degrees days ahead this year—not to mention hurricanes a’loomin’—but in so many ways, summer is coming to a close. And today’s beautiful mildness and fall-like breeze help set the tone.   The kids are back in school (or so I hear from my procreating friends on […]

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08/23/2010

Swoon

Colds, rainy mornings, traffic circles (hee)—these are how the world tells you to slow down a little. Fail to heed those warnings, and, well, you’re no longer in charge.   The summertime cold was, let’s face it, predictable. Two weeks of party prep and visiting family, coinciding with the final throes of Charity Register, ABC […]

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08/16/2010

Kegtacular IV

6:30 p.m., Sunday Hockey results: Revolution (including Kegtacular attendees Mr. and Mrs. Harrible, Krazy Kevin, Scoops, CCB and me): 1 Opponents: 3 "The sun seems way too high for 6:30 p.m.," CCB tells me on the way to post-hockey dinner. "Did we party ourselves back in time?" I ask. "I think the sun’s just behind […]

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