Monthly Archives: February 2011

Bring Out Your Dead

No one dared cheer or applaud during Celine Dion’s performance at the Oscars on Sunday night. She sang Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” as pictures of deceased Academy members were shown. At most other award shows, the In Memoriam segment turns into … Continue reading

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Punch Brothers

If there were only five Best Picture nominees at the Oscars, they would probably be the five that are nominated for Best Directing. This year I’ve seen all five Best Directing nominees and eight of the ten Best Picture nominees. … Continue reading

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Going Green

The George Mason Patriots extended their winning streak to 14 on Thursday night. They close out the regular season in Atlanta on Saturday evening with a game against the Georgia State Panthers. In the past couple of days, Tom C. … Continue reading

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Open the Pod Bay Doors

A lonely TiVo demanded my attention Tuesday night. The machine sits in my office, unused since I got a high-definition DVR in the living room. It took me 24 hours to diagnose the problem and unplug the troublemaker. I was … Continue reading

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Polynesia Want a Cracker

Girl Scout cookies are a good thing, we can all agree. The local media has given a lot of coverage to the cookie drive this year, possibly due to press releases from Ackermann Public Relations. Although I love the real … Continue reading

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Concrastination

In the afterglow of a very successful Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, speculation has already turned to who will be in next year’s cast. Terry Morrow reports that WBIR’s Kris Budden has expressed interest. During Thursday night’s show, … Continue reading

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Precedents Day

Allison Kropff told me not to miss the noon newscast on Monday. I talked with Allison and her husband Justin on Thursday night after Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars. To me, the midday broadcast is like the evening … Continue reading

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Big Win for the Green and Gold

An article in The New York Times sums up my sudden interest in college basketball this season: “With each win and each day that draws March closer, it becomes more apparent that when the N.C.A.A tournament begins, George Mason could … Continue reading

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Onward, Christian Soldiers

Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Norah Jones all got mentioned during Bishop Richard Stika’s homily on Friday night. He was the celebrant as a class of high-school juniors from All Saints parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Bishop’s point … Continue reading

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Leap of Faith

In less time than it took for Paul Simmons to drive home from signing the contract, Bridgette O’Dell had posted three months worth of Einstein Simplified shows on the calendar page of the Side Splitters website. Our first weekly show … Continue reading

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First-Class Made

The actual dance routines are a bit of a blur in my mind. During the performances at Star 102.1’s Dancing with the Knoxville Stars, I was reviewing the notes with the next few things Kim Hansard and I had to … Continue reading

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Consumers Digest

One of my vegetarian friends got me hooked on Kellogg’s All-Bran Bran Buds. He eats them for dessert with non-fat ice cream, Wheat Chex and milk. It sounds weird but it tastes good. I use Bran Buds as a salad … Continue reading

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Loud and Long and Clear

Ed Wynn was on my mind last week. A Facebook friend had posted a reference to his Uncle Albert character on my wall. Later that night, I was waiting outside during an Einstein Simplified show, unable to hear what was … Continue reading

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Guinea Pigment

Stacey Handel dyed my hair for the third time yesterday. Four years ago, she gave my wife and me makeovers for a fashion show at the Women Today Expo. Two years ago, she gave me a different look for Star … Continue reading

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