As I flipped through the local newspaper this morning (yes I still read the print edition page by page) I stopped -- as I usually do, on the daily horoscope. Yeah, I read that, too. I am neither proud nor ashamed of this. Like the obituaries, it simply is. Often these snippets of random fortune … Continue reading Riding a student wave of cool stuff on SURF Day at Elon
Betting on sports in North Carolina will be legal one of these days. That's a pretty smart wager. But when it might happen is more of a mystery. The smart money is on the over rather than the under. That was just one of multiple takeaways on Tuesday from a three-hour symposium at Elon University, … Continue reading The odds on sports betting in North Carolina?
In March of 2013, which now seems like eons ago but in fact is only a fraction of time when the universe is considered, a consultant was hired to take a look at Burlington's downtown, make a few notes and then come back with a report about how to, you know, make it decent. In … Continue reading Building a new downtown for Burlington a block at a time
People develop interesting bonds in compact work spaces where creative minds are churning in a highly combustible atmosphere. Co-workers alternately love, loathe and tolerate each other -- the occasional shouting aside. They laugh easily, sometimes with gallows humor while minor jealousies simmer within a cauldron of bad or slightly nervous annoying habits. When things go … Continue reading Eulogy for a friend: Did Mike Wilder really say that out loud?
A couple of years ago when sorting through old boxes I happened upon a column from April 4, 1987 during sports writing days that I wrote for the Burlington Times-News. Back then, the Greater Greensboro Open was played the week before the Masters. — which would be this particular week. It was a popular tournament … Continue reading Snow in April? Remembering the Frozen Greater Greensboro Open of 1987
UPDATE ON APRIL 4, 2019: Burlington Beer Works will begin offering sampling flights today. Four 5.5-ounce pours for $7. Yay! Time to get some samples! About a week and a half ago, on March 16, Burlington's much-anticipated downtown brewpub took part in a street festival held to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, or rather St. Patrick's … Continue reading Updated: What’s on tap at Burlington Beer Works
It was just after 2 p.m. on Friday (March 15, 2019) and Tracy Schmidt is in the middle of a conversation with Sharon Dent. They are on the second floor in the new Burlington Beer Works microbrewery and restaurant overlooking Front and Main Streets in downtown Burlington. Schmidt, the general manager, and Dent, president of … Continue reading Let it flow at Burlington Beer Works
Burlington will keep its downtown bookstore after all. Let me be the first to say, "Yay!" Some might remember that back in December I wrote about the looming departure of Persnickety Books, a used bookstore on Davis Street. The closing, set for this winter, was a shame because the enterprise is a successful one. And, … Continue reading Saving and expanding Burlington’s downtown bookstore
'Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL'; by Jeff Pearlman; 2018; Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Publishing Co.; 366 pages. Near the end of "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL," author Jeff Pearlman's 366-page lament about the brief three-season life of a professional football … Continue reading Book review: ‘Football for a Buck”; or, how Donald Trump killed the USFL
Two items on today's (Feb. 7) Region section page of the Burlington Times-News got my attention. One was the print headline: "Council tables townhouse decision." Online the headline on the same story is: "Again, Burlington Council holds off on Garden Road development." Under either headline I'm bitterly opposed to this project and I'm glad the … Continue reading Burlington: Where the sidewalks end and development begins