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Don’t call it a comeback

So this morning, for the first time in 1 1/2 years, I returned to my local basketball court to play Saturday pickup. I didn’t know what to expect. Truly, I didn’t. My last game was played in February 2020—a long stretch for a normal body, a loooooooong stretch for a

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Dear Peloton

Dear Peloton: I know this is pretty wimpy, but I’m breaking up with you via blog post. It’s not you, it’s me. Actually, it’s you. I’m tired of you and your bullshit. You keep barking at me, telling me how great I can be, how I just need to stick

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True courage

I share no political beliefs with Wyoming’s Liz Cheney. I share no political beliefs with Ohio’s Anthony Gonzalez. They are conservative Republicans who believe things I don’t. Who stand for things I don’t. Who support things I don’t. But sometimes, life is bigger than singular issues. Sometimes, it’s about righteousness.

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How was Flashdance a thing?

So last night—for no particularly good reason—the son and I watched “Flashdance,” the 1983 cinematic hit that grossed more than $200 million worldwide (keep in mind, this was nearly 40 years ago—that total is enormous) and had every American woman (and some men) craving black legwarmers and an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt.

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F*ck Thrifty

So a week ago I wrote about arriving in Atlanta, proceeding to the Thrifty counter and the attendant telling me, “Sorry—we have no cars.” When I told him, no, I have a rental—he pretty much repeated what he’d just uttered. “No cars.” It was midnight-ish. I was stranded. I needed

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The weird travel trip continues

So it’s about 3 in the morning, and I just did something for the first time in my life: I bolted a motel for another motel. I was staying at a place, the Stay Plus Extended Stay Suites, that lived up to the $66 room rate. And, really, that’s my

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Chef Ron

So earlier today I was walking through downtown Bessemer, Alabama—a once-thriving mini-metropolis trying to work its way back after far too many years of neglect and economic downtown. My eyes were drawn to an abandoned movie theatre, and as I stared at it a man in a red hat said,

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The worst travel night

I’ve traveled a lot in my life. For work. For pleasure. For parties. For funerals. I did the whole backpack-thru-Europe thing. I took three planes to Yellowknife, Canada, where the temperature was negative 40. I’ve had terrifying flights and tranquil flights. I’ve never had a night like tonight. As I

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Should I be mad?

Sitting in the airport, waiting for a flight, having an internal debate that’s now external: Should I be mad? I have my mask on. Most everyone has a mask on. These two people don’t have their masks on. They’re sitting across from me, laughing, chatting, giggling, pointing. They’re not eating—the

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Rot in hell

So I was scrolling thru Twitter a few minutes ago, fascinated by the reaction to the decision in Minnesota, when I noticed that ROT IN HELL is trending. In case you think I’m making such a thing up … And I get it. I 100% get it. Derek Chauvin snuffed

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