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King of the Bunny Hill

I’m a good skier. Actually, I was a good skier. It really didn't matter. After filling out a brief application, I was accepted into Catamount Ski Area’s training program. Catamount, just two hours out of the city, is a powder-less pimple of a mountain. If there’s any fresh snow at Catamount, it’s quickly...

I Was a Bad Santa

I really didn’t want to be in the paper wearing a ridiculous, bright red outfit. But there I was, dressed as Santa, smack dab in the middle of it. I think it took up almost two full pages. I couldn’t bear to look. How’d this happen? Well, as usual, I brought it all on myself. Twenty-six...

JAMES BLAKE, THE COPS & ME

I had a moment with James Blake on The Grandstand Court at the U.S. Open. This was back when Blake was a rising player with flamboyant dreads, and I was a ball boy with  bad allergies. During the match, Blake smashed a serve directly at me. I didn’t move my hands because I didn’t want to interfere with the return....
If you haven’t already seen HBO’s The Leisure Class, you should. Then watch, Project Greenlight, the reality show which spawned the movie - and reach your own conclusions. You gotta watch both. It’s a package deal. PGL offers a little bit on the filmmaking craft — and much, much more conflict. Hey, it’s a reality...
Dear Steve Bartman, Just a short note. You don’t know me. I feel like I know you though. I guess so many of us do. You entered our lives just over twelve years ago for a moment and then, well, you disappeared. And now, I wonder about you. I wonder what would have happened...

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