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  • 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


    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


    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’


    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

  • 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

    Greg doering047cut.phatch

    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

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