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Columns

  • Shotgun wedding (photos) anyone?

    Let me just say that carrying a shotgun (unloaded, of course) through a crowded, public place was the least eventful moment of an interesting day recently.

    If you remember, I recently donned a mustache to a bachelor party. Well, the bachelor's wedding was June 30.

    No mustaches, but plenty of mayhem.

    Not for the bride and groom, though (at least that I know of). Just personal mayhem.

  • 40-foot drop forges friendships

    By Paige Wilson

    I felt another plump droplet of sweat race down the side of my face and plummet into the abyss below me, wishing I could escape this situation with the same effortless motion - but perhaps not with the same end result.

    I was buckled into a strappy harness, helmeted and connected to a lean metal cable by foreign ropes and knots. Somehow I was expected to leap across a gap of open air - 40 feet above the unforgiving Alabama turf - relying on these contraptions as my safeguards against painful consequences.

  • Bye-Bye, Enterprise

    By Nick Schrager

    I hate to say it, but it's time to go... it was a blast while it lasted.

  • Every second counts

    What did you do with your leap second?

    You probably didn't notice but this past weekend was one second longer than usual. On Saturday, the International Atomic Time was adjusted to compensate for gradual changes in the Earth's rotation.

    The most recent leap second before Saturday occurred on New Year's Eve on 2008.

  • I am nostalgic

    By Nick Schrager
    Summer intern

  • Warrior Dashed Out? I hope not

    I'm going to open by saying what you are about to read is not the column I wanted to write.
    I wanted to write about how the Warrior Dash was a wonderful experience, about how it showcased our community and about how much I'm looking forward to participating again next year.
    Only I can't.
    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the Warrior Dash, and if it does return, I fully intend to do it again. Even if it doesn't return, I'll probably travel to run another one.

  • Warrior Dashed Out? I hope not

    I'm going to open by saying what you are about to read is not the column I wanted to write.

    I wanted to write about how the Warrior Dash was a wonderful experience, about how it showcased our community and about how much I'm looking forward to participating again next year.

    Only I can't.

    Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the Warrior Dash, and if it does return, I fully intend to do it again. Even if it doesn't return, I'll probably travel to run another one.

  • I am nostalgic

    By Nick Schrager

    I grew up a gamer. I am a gamer.

    The first gaming console my family had was back in the 80's when I was a wee one, the Sega Master System. In fact, I still have it somewhere, minus the electronic pistol it came with, I disassembled that when I was around seven during my phase of taking things apart to find out what made them work.

  • Town moving backwards in civil liberties

    By Nick Schrager

    Summer intern

    Oh, fudge!

    Potty mouths in Massachusetts may have to start watching their wallets.

    A Massachusetts town has recently made it easier for police to cite citizens for using profanity in public, according to an article by the Associated Press (AP).

    In fact, the penalty is a $20 fine.

    That is one expensive swear jar.

  • We shall call him 'Sparkie'

    Sometimes we choose our pets. Sometimes they choose us.

    Well, I think I've been chosen.

    Last week, a furry, four-legged friend showed up on my back porch. My cat, Biscuit, noticed him first. She began to meow very loudly, which she never does, as she sat on guard at the back door. I soon realized what she was meowing at as I peered out the door to find this adorable dog smiling back at me.