Monthly Archives: April 2013

Why I Ain’t Feeling So Hot Myself

I don’t consider myself old yet. I don’t act old. A little while ago, I took advantage of the Tuesday night specials at a local restaurant that are provided those who are over 50, and I tend to have supper … Continue reading

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The Quiet That Follows Every Storm

I guess it’s the calm after the storm. Yesterday morning I spent a lot of time writing a blog on NASCAR’s troubles, and I think, in terms of social-media attention, it’s the second most-read story I’ve ever written. Between tweets, … Continue reading

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The Overlooked Consequences of Change

On this rainy Sunday, I find myself unable to avoid tackling this issue because I’ve put quite a bit of thought into it. Last night, aerial shots on television revealed that the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway was sparsely … Continue reading

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His Was a Grand Tour

George Jones was 81. He was perhaps the best example of one of those sayings credited to many: “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would’ve taken better care of myself.” But forget all those outlandish … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Carolinas

Having spent 15 years working in North Carolina and living in South Carolina, I’m keenly aware of the fundamental differences in the two. To wit: North Carolina is a basketball state. South Carolina is a football state. If South Carolina … Continue reading

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The Empire Strikes Back

Thank goodness for baseball. NASCAR is a mess. There’s no good time to be unemployed, but at least I’m not covering this circus. Oh, I’m as busy as an endurance juggler – selling one novel, editing another, writing a third … Continue reading

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Let the Sunshine In …

During the 20 years that I traveled all over the country writing about stock car racing, criticism of my writing declined almost year to year, though I don’t think my outlook did. I probably built an audience that consisted mostly … Continue reading

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Head Full of Nothing

This hasn’t been my most productive of days. Normally, I have a list of activities all mapped out. Pay bills, blog, wash clothes, empty trash, write, edit, practice on guitar, et al. This morning I’ve been playing guitar quite a … Continue reading

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Understated and Underrated

Few race drivers have taken as many bum raps as Matt Kenseth. Cut to a scene from “Animal House”: “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” Because he won the last Winston Cup championship (2003)  while winning only once, he … Continue reading

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You Can Go Home Again … Kinda

Do you ever come across someone and have this reaction? I think it’s you. It’s been happening quite regularly to me lately. On Tuesday night at the Fatz Café, it was Dan Wooten. I’m having the special. He sits down … Continue reading

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