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  • Off The Beat | June 22, 2014

    Stuck in the bleachers

    Kristina.phatch

    When the Mercury staff started putting together a team for the city co-rec softball league, everyone was on board… except for me. I try to get to “Angry Alpacas” games as a spectator, but there was no way I was going out on that diamond.

  • Off The Beat | June 15, 2014

    Beat it, pop music haters

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    I have something to admit. I need to come out and say that I like pop music, which is ironically not a popular thing to admit. For people like me, the admission is spoken with inflection full of shame. But I’m ashamed no more.

  • Off The Beat | June 08, 2014

    Reset button would come in handy

    Brian mug.phatch

    Oh, reset button You’re so small, yet so powerful You impacted my life as a young video gamer You erased problems the virtual world threw at me Glitches Freezes The game being an ignorant cheat Your presence comforts me I sometimes long for you

  • Off The Beat | June 01, 2014

    Real-life Iron Man

    Bauman-cut

    Let me tell you about one of my many heroes. No, I’m not going to name an X-Man or Star Wars character this time (that’s the next column, most likely). Still though, this hero is amazingly similar to Marvel’s Tony Stark, a.

  • Off The Beat | May 25, 2014

    Summer less fun for teachers’ loved ones

    Megan.moser1

    It was great growing up as a teacher’s kid. Maybe you’ve heard people use the term ‘preacher’s kid’ or ‘PK’ to describe the child of a pastor, minister or other religious leader. And along with that label come certain expectations. I guess

  • Off The Beat | May 18, 2014

    ACRONYM: a recipe for success

    Brian mug.phatch

    I’ve spent the equivalent of college here in Manhattan. I came to the Manhattan Mercury as a wideeyed youth in August 2010. Now it’s May 2014, and I’m a hardened man who’s ready to graduate to the next stage of life much like

  • Off The Beat | May 11, 2014

    ’Ville office was comic book heaven

    Dendurent1

    When I was a 10-year-old boy living in Wamego, my favorite place to go when we visited Manhattan was a real estate office in Aggieville. But I wasn’t looking for bargains on new homes. I wasn’t seeking my own apartment. Instead I was

  • Off The Beat | May 04, 2014

    It’s never too late to take another swing

    Baseball and I didn’t have the best breakup. But Sunday afternoon, I’ll be forced to reunite with my long-time flame. That’s when The Mercury’s Angry Alpacas will take the field for our first exhibition game in Manhattan’s co-rec slow-pitch softball

  • Off The Beat | April 27, 2014

    The most wonderful time of the year

    Bethany047cut.phatch

    Coinciding with the warm, beautiful weather of spring and summer is my favorite time of the year: wedding season. I’ve long enjoyed weddings more than holidays for a few reasons. First, many of the ones I’ve attended took place in warm weather. The

  • Off The Beat | April 20, 2014

    With a hint of the classic, a modern twist

    Kristina.phatch

    Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous detective in history, but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories were not my introduction to the character. I decided to read the original novels and short stories recently because of the BBC TV series “Sherlock.” It shows the


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