Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tricky Treat

The Internet is an amazing thing. You can start looking for one thing and end up finding something else entirely. Yesterday I took a picture of some soda cans at Food City with the idea to use it in a … Continue reading

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Feed-a Feed-a Feed-a Feed Me

The characters on “Glee” could have saved themselves some trouble if they had chosen a different musical for their Halloween episode. My wife was surprised that their tribute to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” included “Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me” … Continue reading

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Snipe Hunt

“Bandit” signs are all over the place during election season. The signs in West Hills looked different to me than similar signs a few blocks away. In that neighborhood, a corner snipe had been added to emphasize that Randy Walker … Continue reading

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Cake Takes the Pie

The cake versus pie debate is a no-brainer for me. I like pie but I love cake. A younger generation, my daughter included, is being swayed toward pie by the cleverly crude cartoons of Allie Brosh. Some indecisive genius in … Continue reading

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Worldwide Lance

Lance Harwell honored my cousin Terry Hatton on September 11, 2010. He flew an American flag over Afghanistan in an MC-12W. Lance sent me the flag along with a certificate that reads: “This American flag flew over the skies of … Continue reading

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Salsa-free-tas

Coupon Katie’s husband Shawn tipped me off about free burrito night at the six Knoxville Salsarita’s. The local outlets of the chain were celebrating their tenth anniversary on Monday. The line at Salsarita’s reached the door when my wife and … Continue reading

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Zombie All You Can Be

Zombies are still hot right now, figuratively speaking of course. I imagine that an actual zombie would be as cold as a regular corpse. George Mason University, my alma mater, is offering a class on the cultural impact of zombies … Continue reading

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Mars Attacks

Bruno Mars burst onto the scene through two hit singles that weren’t his. He was merely a featured artist on “Nothin’ On You” and “Billionaire.” I think the lead artists on those tracks, B.o.B and Travie McCoy, are likely to … Continue reading

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Rhapper’s Delight

It was impossible to find a parking place in the State Street garage on Friday night. Downtown Knoxville was full of people going to restaurants or, like my wife and me, the Tennessee Theatre. Traffic was reduced to one lane … Continue reading

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Beaver Fever

The Karns Lady Beavers volleyball team cracked open the bubbly after their three-game sweep of Sullivan South on Thursday night. The high school students were celebrating their advancement to the state finals with 2-liter bottles of Dr Pepper and Coca-Cola. … Continue reading

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Surf and Turf

Of all the states that need a body farm, Florida would have to be near the very top of the priority list. It is a constant source of weird news stories, it has alligators and is home to everyone’s favorite … Continue reading

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Here Now to Hear Later

Schoolwork should be my son’s top priority at this time of year. He has midterm exams next week in several subjects including Materials Science and Environmental Chemistry. As a result, I will not suggest that he take 37 minutes to … Continue reading

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Empowering Women

Elizabeth Bonilla, a victim’s advocate at the YWCA, was my classmate last year during the FBI Citizens’ Academy. When she asked me to support the YWCA’s “Week Without Violence,” I was happy to agree. On Monday, I participated in a … Continue reading

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Coffin Talk

“Want to see a replica of Lincoln’s casket?” I asked my wife. They have one on display until Thursday at Lincoln Memorial University, about an hour and a half away. My wife loves history and sometimes feels she would have … Continue reading

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