Sunday, August 2, 2015



Lifestyle - Off The Beat

  • Off The Beat | July 26, 2015

    Resolving to break snooze-button addiction

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    I’ve always heard how being a morning person is beneficial to pretty much every aspect of life. Morning people get a jump on their days, are more productive and because they are perfect, also workout before going to their jobs. But I am a

  • Off The Beat | July 19, 2015

    A bumpy first trip to Midwest

    I entered the state of Kansas for the first time in my 23 years of life approximately 18 hours before I started my job at the Mercury in June. My mom and I had planned to complete the drive from Massachusetts a day earlier, but, as easily

  • Off The Beat | July 12, 2015

    Did dream tell of Cosby’s dark side?

    Brian mug.phatch

    As it turns out, the man known as America’s dad can’t be trusted around your daughters. Bill Cosby testified that he got Quaaludes in the 1970s for women he intended to have sex with, according to a 2005 deposition that the Associated Press obtained

  • Off The Beat | June 28, 2015

    Conducting some home experiments

    It may be self-apparent since I’m writing this column, but I need to make something very clear — I am not a trained scientist. My education in mixing chemicals and documenting the scientific method pretty much concluded in high school, which is the last time

  • Off The Beat | June 21, 2015

    Amazement, exhaustion on vacation

    Of all the impressive sights in Washington, my favorite is the view looking east from the Lincoln Memorial. The dome of the Capitol in the background, the Washington Monument and a sea of Americana in between made what amounted to a day-long hike well worth

  • Off The Beat | June 14, 2015

    Cutting away some of life’s excesses

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Sometimes I can be a bit of an idealist, and one of my aspirations is to be a minimalist. My accumulation of things isn’t out of control by any means, but there are certainly things I don’t need, and I like the idea

  • Off The Beat | June 07, 2015

    Wary coffee convert finds the jolt

    Kristina.phatch

    I recently stopped into a local coffee shop and tried a new drink. Five years ago, I probably wouldn’t even have been in the shop in the first place. I’ve been a slow convert to the coffee world. I still don’t like

  • Off The Beat | May 31, 2015

    Celebration of ‘townie season’

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    This weekend was Aggieville’s second annual Nothing Festival, a holiday for townies, who are people living in a college town but are not affiliated with a higher educational institution. The Nothing festival is all about celebrating a little more breathing room for locals with

  • Off The Beat | May 24, 2015

    Recalling complicated relationship with car

    Alejandro and I have a love/hate relationship. We’ve been together since June 2010. Alejandro is a dark gray 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, appropriately named after a Lady Gaga song. “I know that we are young, and I know that you may love me, but I just

  • Off The Beat | May 17, 2015

    Honor soldiers with memory, not sales

    Honor soldiers with memory, not sales As a military veteran, I’m super excited for Memorial Day this year. It’s not because I plan to remember or memorialize my comrades who died while serving, but because of all the loot I get. I can


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