Final Sniff

OK, OK. Dry your eyes or stop cheering. No matter what you think or have thought of this column over the past three and a half years, one thing is for certain: It's finished. Yep! I quit. Done. Fin. Au revoir!...

Sniffer Breaks Windshield

First Sniff Nothing like the Chief to bring out the best and worst in people via e-mails last week. I knew going in that you all would probably break records for responses to this column, but I didn't know it ...

“Chief retired without dignity!”

First Sniff By the time you are reading this, the Chief will have danced his last dance. Last night, at Assembly Hall, tears were shed, hugs were had, anger was vented. But, let's be honest here. This is ...

Sniffer Finds Love in Obama’s Choices

First Sniff There is something different about this. Something very very different. When I think "presidential campaigns," I think about bullshit for the most part, I think about slush funds, lobbyists, spe...

Sniffer praises a Republican

First Sniff It would be difficult for me to ignore when Republicans, locally and nationally, do things that make a liberal, like me, smile. After all, I kind of enjoy being able to use them as cannon fodder fo...

Sniffer gets engaged…

First Sniff Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed your time off from me, as I certainly know that I enjoyed my time off from you. And because I have never been one to leave out any details of my personal life (wel...

The Sniffer sheds a tear…

First Sniff There is a small part of me that hopes I will feel differently every year. Imagine! A 27-year-old guy like myself feeling honestly "blue" the day after Christmas? Seems preposterous. But it's the...

Sniffer Reviews 2006

First Sniff End of the year. I generally list a Top Ten Best Records of the Year, but I feel like that seems too obvious, too traditional. Instead I am going to list the best moments from this year month by mo...

Sniffer cringes at Christmas lights

First Sniff They're up again. It pains me - absolutely pains me - to have to keep on with this subject, but I really don't have a choice. I railed on this last year and I have decided that I will continue to...

Sniffer goes soft

First Sniff I spent the whole day in the waiting room at Carle Hospital on Monday. My whole family and my sisters-in-law were there, nervously anticipating thearrival of our newest member, Jack David Fein. I...

Sniffer praises powers

First Sniff I got my driver's license on the morning of October 19th, 1995. I had been driving for roughly 11 years and one month when finally, at long last, my car (my fourth one over the years) gave out. It ...