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Category: Memories

Memories of Spades back in the day

The other day I found an article entitled “A Caucasian’s Guide to Spades” on Deadspin.com – or a subsite of Deadspin, whatever constitutes Deadspin these days. It’s been a long time since I played Spades. A really long time. At least 10 years. I think the last time I played was at a college party […]

Reflections on a Reunion

On August 21, 1995, I left Melbourne, Florida for the Military Entry Processing (MEP) Center in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the first step in a military journey that led me to Basic Training in Missouri, Advanced Training in Arizona, and four years in the Army. It was also the last day I called Melbourne “home”. […]

My Favorite Presidential Debate

Not many people have a favorite presidential debate. Political wonks might cite Nixon vs Kennedy in 1960 or maybe the appearance of Admiral James Stockdale in 1992. But for me, my favorite presidential debate has a good story. In January 2000, I was living in Salley Hall on the Florida State University campus. It was […]

Portrait of Young LOOGY

I’ve often written about my early days on the ballfield. Days where I was the Jamie Moyer of the Eau Gallie Little League – a junk-balling control specialist with a a good change-up and an uncanny ability to locate my league average fastball. Up and down, in and out, I kept the other 12-year olds […]

Since I returned from Afghanistan

Has it really been that long? Seems like yesterday I was flying back from London to Miami – 13 hours cramped in an airplane over the Atlantic. I remember I watched “Wreck It Ralph” on the flight. I watched other movies as well, but I don’t remember which. A year and a few months ago, […]

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