Monthly Archives: December 2010

Road-fed

The green beans tasted like meat at the Loveless Cafe. Of course, I would expect nothing less from a place serving authentic Southern cooking. The beans were the closest thing we had to an actual vegetable when we went to … Continue reading

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Odd Squad

“Oddities” is a show that I should like. It is about the staff and customers at Obscura, a shop in lower Manhattan that specializes in bizarre antiquities. They sell gallstones, taxidermy, outdated medical tools and the like. The so-called reality … Continue reading

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World Infamous

Of all the themed Kevin & Bean singles parties, the Losers Singles Party is perhaps the most memorable. I wrote about it in 2007 when I saw my second Air Supply concert while at a Children’s Miracle Network convention. The … Continue reading

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Egg Around

Before opening gifts on Christmas morning, my family ate a delicious wreath. No, we didn’t go all Euell Gibbons or anything. My daughter suggested the breakfast using Pillsbury Crescents and some ingredients you might think of as omelet fixin’s. She … Continue reading

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Yule Haul

Hours of entertainment await me thanks to several of the Christmas gifts I received on Saturday. My sister sent a Fandango gift certificate that will allow me to take my wife and kids to a movie this week. She also … Continue reading

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The Ornamentalist

Rather than buy a souvenir that takes up counter space, my wife and I buy Christmas ornaments to commemorate our travels. Last week at the Loveless Cafe on the outskirts of Nashville, I overheard someone explaining that they do the … Continue reading

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Make Glad the Heart of Childhood

Impersonating Santa Claus last week made me believe in his magic all the more. It was fun to put on the famous man’s red suit and paint my beard white even if it looked like I fell asleep face-down in … Continue reading

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Jingle Bell Roq

You’ll hear my daughter if you listen to the 100 tracks from past Kevin & Bean Christmas albums that are posted on KROQ’s website. She has one line (“What are their names, Uncle Bobcat?”) in track 97, “Storytime with Bobcat.” … Continue reading

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Podly Enough

Shaquille O’Neal, Snooki and “The Walking Dead” are typical topics of conversation for Terry Morrow, the TV critic for the Knoxville News Sentinel. He and I were talking about the year in entertainment and it occurred to me that it … Continue reading

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Hymn and Her

The voice resonating through the parking lot was my wife’s. I heard her singing something in Spanish as my daughter and I arrived at Sacred Heart Cathedral. A new outdoor speaker plays the sound from the microphones inside. My wife … Continue reading

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Lonely Joe

Can someone explain to me the appeal of single-serve coffee makers? First of all, who drinks just one cup of coffee? If I wanted only one cup, all I would have to do is put the appropriate amount of water … Continue reading

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Maryville

The local “dentist-office station” used to play nothing but Christmas music for the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year they seemed to only play a few Christmas songs per hour, mixed in with their regular light-rock playlist. A local … Continue reading

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Santa Maybe

Fr. Ragan Schriver broached the subject in a text message on October 5th. Would I impersonate Santa Claus at Holy Family Catholic Church like December 12? In Ragan-ese, “like December 12” turns out to mean December 19. Thinking the gig … Continue reading

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Hanu-lujah

The 24th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra contains a perfect mix of sacred and secular music for the season. The pace is set by the opening selection, which is my favorite Christmas piece. “Christmas Festival Overture” … Continue reading

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