Monday, May 30, 2016

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  • 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

  • Off The Beat | May 10, 2015

    Admiring mom mor e as I get older


    In hindsight, it was the moments I was in the most trouble that best demonstrate how much my mom loves me. Take, for example, one day in college. I don’t remember the exact circumstances, but I had fallen behind on my bills as well

  • Off The Beat | May 03, 2015

    Navigating Twitter can be addicting

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    It might be less dangerous to be hooked on drugs than on Twitter. OK, that’s probably an exaggeration, but if you’re sniffing something you shouldn’t, at least there are doctors and meds to get you off the stuff and give you back

  • Off The Beat | April 26, 2015

    On reunions and time machines


    On reunions and time machines I’ve aged. This past week, I received an invite to a Facebook group for my high school’s 10-year reunion. When did 2006 become almost 10 years ago? This is crazy. I take umbrage with it. I am umbraged. The worse

  • Off The Beat | April 19, 2015

    Father’s wise words still handy

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    My father could have appreciated the sentiment of the memorial, but he would have rolled over in his grave, had we not cremated him, at the ceremony accompanying its dedication. He never was big on public gatherings. On April 11, USD 365 officials dedicated an electronic sign

  • Off The Beat | April 05, 2015

    Fight for your right to park


    At 6:57 a.m. on Wednesday, I became a victim of injustice. It was at that time that I received a $15 parking ticket. When I woke up that morning, I had a gut feeling that it was going to be a rough day, and it all

  • Off The Beat | March 29, 2015

    Foster just one of many oversharing

    Ned seaton

    Marcus Foster got kicked off the K-State basketball team because he put a picture of himself on Twitter with a plastic lizard named Randolph. Well, to be completely accurate, he said: “Me and my boy #randolph lit on the beach.” In other words, “I’m

  • Off The Beat | March 22, 2015

    Defeating my nemesis: the clothes dryer

    ‘Behind every great man, there is a great woman.” Or something like that. It’s hard to track down accurate quotes on the Internet. As I see it, though, what a great man really needs is enemies. Look back through time and you will find

  • Off The Beat | March 15, 2015

    Even fictional goodbyes can be hard to say


    It’s hard to say goodbye to friends, sometimes even to fictional ones. I get quite attached to some of my favorite TV personalities, and lately it feels as though I’ve been saying goodbye to all my favorites. “White Collar,” a show about a

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