Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, who occasionally has to fly standby, is out for at least eight weeks with a hamstring injury. Which means he has a little extra time to devote to a new passion: opening a restaurant: Since I’ll be out for a min on 8 week IR I get to focus on […]
This week, President Obama announced that he intends to remove Cuba from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism. It’s just the latest step in a thawing of relations between two countries that were once on the brink of a nuclear crisis.
It’s hard to find the right words to say about the legendary North Carolina basketball coach, who died Saturday night at age 83. But here are some people who came close: Tommy Tomlinson, ESPN: “Precious Memories“: The dogs start barking. The door opens. And there he is. The caregiver wheels him in. Dean is back […]
A couple years ago, someone gave me a strip from a fortune cookie, and I thought it was a cool thing to put on top of my computer monitor at work. It’s nice to look at when I get stuck, or don’t feel like I’m good enough, or don’t know what I’m doing with my […]
Down in Ballantyne, there’s a standoff going on between the guy who used to own all of Ballantyne Village, and the company that now owns a large portion of it. After a foreclosure, Bob Bruner now only owns the parking garage and two lots, while MV Ballantyne Village owns the shops and the rest of […]
Not that any of you asked, but a while back, deftlyinane.com went away. It was where I had been doing a lot of my writing through the years. There was some personal stuff in there. I vented about my crappy old clothes dryer. I wrote about the night I got engaged to my wife, who […]
We were about to go into the house when the owner opened the front door. He was an older man, with gray hair and a green polo shirt over his belly. He wobbled out and looked at us.
“You were supposed to call first,” he said.
Here’s how hot it is. I left a baseball in the back seat of my car. I left my car parked out in the sun. The ball turned brown on one side. It is at least 100 degrees right now. We tied an all-time record of 104 in Charlotte over the last three days. We […]
A guy I sorta know came up to me at the gym last night, all sweaty and happy. I’ve talked to him a few times. He went to Ohio University, like me. “Did you see?” he asked. He was talking about the Princeton Review’s list of the top party schools. Ohio came in first. He […]
I’ve had the same e-mail address for about eight years now, which is saying something. I’m not sure what. Anyway, after today, that address (it starts with “freejimtraficant”) is no longer really relevant, since Jim Traficant will be freed from a federal prison sometime today. Jimbo, the former congressman from my former district in Ohio […]