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  • Off The Beat | January 05, 2014

    Memories of smooch planting


    Family traditions are wonderful things, since they accompany such fond memories. My family had a tradition of eating black-eyed peas, boiled cabbage and corned beef on New Year’s Eve. While I enjoyed the peas and corned beef, I must admit I hated eating the

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | December 22, 2013

    Still a pretty sweet gift

    Last year, right after Thanksgiving, I embarked on the most involved cooking project I have ever undertaken. It was also probably the most involved gift I have ever given. If you knew me, you would know that means it was pretty darn involved. I made

  • Off The Beat | December 15, 2013

    Old shows on new tech


      I like to watch videos on YouTube, and lately I’ve been viewing a lot of clips from two of my favorite TV game shows when I was a kid, “What’s My Line?” and “I’ve Got a Secret.”   Both shows originally ran on

  • Off The Beat | December 08, 2013

    ‘Nerd movie experience’


    I love “The Hunger Games.” I read all the books of the series in three weeks. Now that the movies are being released, I’m reminded of how interesting the story is. Despite my love for the series, I waited an entire week after the

  • Off The Beat | December 01, 2013

    It’s OK to be alone

    Brian mug

    I spent Thanksgiving alone. This isn’t a column looking for sympathy. I’m just stating what happened. I actually enjoyed the day. I didn’t work. I watched football. I talked with my family on the phone. However, spending Thanksgiving or Christmas by yourself

  • Off The Beat | November 10, 2013

    Grievances against a fortune cookie

    Brian mug.phatch

    As should be very apparent by now, I’m an extremely petty individual who feels strongly about insignificant things. I hope I’m delivered from this evil spirit in my life one of these days. DEAR CEO of the fortune cookie company, “You will be

  • Off The Beat | November 03, 2013

    A Husker fan in a very purple world


    It’s one of the first questions I get when I meet people here in Manhattan. “Did you go to K-State?” No, I didn’t. Sorry, I am not a Wildcat. I am a very proud Husker. I was born and raised in Nebraska and,

  • Holidays |Off The Beat | October 27, 2013

    Halloween birthday an extra treat

    Sarah mug-cut.phatch

    I think it’s probably every little kid’s dream that their birthday lasts longer than one day. A whole week would be ideal. In some ways, having my birthday on Halloween was like that growing up. I was basically guaranteed three days of celebration,

  • Off The Beat | October 20, 2013

    Cash-ing in in Nashville


      I always thought my wife Joyce was the world’s number 1 Johnny Cash fan. But after being part of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd visiting Nashville, Tenn.’s new Johnny Cash Museum on a recent Friday, I’m convinced there are plenty of other folks who are

  • Off The Beat | October 13, 2013

    Let me ‘mansplain’


    “Mansplaining.” It’s a form of sexism. It’s like “explaining” but it’s when a man explains a subject to a woman with the prejudicial assumption that she’s unknowledgeable or incompetent. Urban Dictionary, known for its snarky definitions of 21st-century slang, captures the

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