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Tips for freshman from a veteran

I’m assuming that by the time many of you read this column, the students will be coming back to town. It’s an exciting time in Champaign-Urbana. The university calls it “Welcome Back” week, but most of the town...
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Summer vacation

When I was a kid, summer vacation was often no vacation at all. It was fun, or at least it seemed that way on the surface, but there were times when it sort of became too much. Sure, it seemed like I was always...
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Fantasy baseball

It’s weird how things change, for the worst mostly, when it comes to certain things. I’ve always said it’s strange that these days people would rather be an actor portraying the president than the actual presid...
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What to wear in the heat

It has been hot lately. Yeah, I know, that’s just not saying enough. It’s likes saying Katy Perry is kind of a bad singer. She’s just so much more than bad, just like this weather is so much more than hot. It’s...
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Responsibility, turtles and kittens

When folks think about me, I’m guessing the word “responsible” isn’t the first thing that pops in their mind. Sure, I’m far more responsible than I used to be, but that’s not really saying all that much. I no l...
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High school tricks

I did a ton of stupid crap in high school. In all fairness, I still do a ton of stupid crap, but for now, I’ll try to keep my focus on the formative years. Most of my transgressions were pretty good-natured and...
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Owning a dog

The faithful readers of this column, all four of them, will probably remember that we got a new puppy, Rocco, sometime this past February. Well, forty-some pounds and six months later, he’s getting to be a big ...
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Being polite

My favorite part of the song “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads is the part where the guy says, “I hate people when they’re not polite.” I totally hate that, too. I’m not necessarily prepared to actually bec...
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The Champions Club

Well, as of last week, I have that first summer getaway out of the way. When I say it like that, it seems as if it was some sort of burden or chore. Well, it was, and it wasn’t. When you combine baseball, beer,...
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A passive aggressive America

One of my favorite statements that I’ve heard is that “a little PBS is a bad thing.” I don’t remember who actually said it, but if I have more than three beers, I totally take credit for it. I guess it means t...