Monthly Archives: June 2010

Harold and Fumar

There’s a guy in North Carolina who might be my brother from another mother, or at least my cousin from another aunt and uncle. I found Chris Ayers’ blog because of a clever comment he made about “1776” on Twitter. … Continue reading

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Third Person Point of View

“What do you call your son at home?” asked one of the attendees at Monday’s JavaTweetUp at jAVERDE Coffee Company. “Frank Jr.,” was my reply. I mentioned that my mother, however, prefers to call him IV, as in the Roman … Continue reading

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Let the Church Say Amen

Once in a while the urge strikes me to do some Catholic tourism. For example, I visited the Romanesque building at St. John Neumann Church when it was brand new but my wife and son had never seen it. Yesterday we had … Continue reading

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Over the Rainbow Flag

The festivals in New York and Los Angeles get more attention but shouldn’t the Knoxville Pride Fest be the preeminent event of its type in the nation? After all, which other city has its parade on an actual Gay Street? … Continue reading

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The Surreal Thing

Although Stacey Campfield is a state representative for my end of Knox County, there is a chance that you have heard about him. He made the news for wearing a wrestling mask to a football game on Halloween. Years earlier … Continue reading

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Remember the Time

When Michael Jackson died a year ago, I wrote about the time I shook hands with the King of Pop. I can’t believe I had forgotten about another close encounter with him. An email from a friend brought the memory … Continue reading

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Bring Your Kiddies, Bring Your Wife

“When we’re ready to get married, Mr. Met is going to be at the wedding,” she said. I was dumbfounded. Mr. Met does weddings? Apparently so. Thankfully, I am likely to be on the guest list whenever the special day … Continue reading

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Butt-Kicking Contest

The Rocky Top Dance Challenge was still going strong when my wife and I had to leave on Sunday night. It was almost midnight and we had only been there since 8:30 p.m. Many of the competitors had been there … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras

It was my wife’s suggestion to treat tomorrow like it’s Ash Wednesday. In other words, we should eat like we have dietary restrictions because of today’s birthday feast. As is our tradition, we had lobster for dinner and birthday cake … Continue reading

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Choc Boar

The Knoxville Zoo and the March of Dimes have annual restaurant-sampling events that I loved attending in the past. Naturally I was thrilled to be invited to the Cityview Top Chefs of Knoxville event on Saturday, which was a benefit … Continue reading

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Soy un Perdedor

East Tennessee has a pretty good track record of providing memorable contestants to unscripted (a/k/a “reality”) TV shows. Ashley and Sherry Johnston of Knoxville competed on the most recent season of “The Biggest Loser.” Ashley lost 49.93% of her starting … Continue reading

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2D or Not 2D

How do they do it? Has there ever been a string of movies as good as those made by Pixar? The Emeryville geniuses have hit another home run with “Toy Story 3.” Andy Davis, the boy with the toys, is … Continue reading

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Tragedy Minus Time

The souvenir that my son brought home from yesterday’s session of the Forensic Chemistry Camp reminded me that all businesses need to promote themselves, no matter what they sell. I could spend hours clicking on all the links on the … Continue reading

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Southern Cardinal

Knoxville Catholics were abuzz with excitement when an honest-to-goodness red hat Cardinal showed up for the ordination of Bishop Richard Stika last year. Who knew that he would like our humble diocese enough to decide to move here? The Diocese … Continue reading

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