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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Stark makes rich men of all of us at Beef & Boards
Posted Wednesday, October 15, at 9:11 PM
Watching someone ply their craft with gusto never fails to bring a smile to my face as I absorb myself in their zeal. That's why I've always been a sucker for hustling baseball players like Nellie Fox or Lenny Dykstra or Ryan Freel. Special teams football guys like Steve Tasker and Pat McAfee. Everyman actors like Steve Buscemi...

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Home is where the stomach is
Posted Saturday, October 4, at 10:17 AM

Daughter No. 1 called the other day -- no, wait, let's get that right, she sent me a text the other day; nobody calls anymore -- wanting to know if it would be all right if she and husband Karl spent the night on their way from Iowa to Ohio. So, apparently Indiana isn't just a fly-over state, it's also a drive-thru...

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Indiana No. 1 in something? Dream on ....
Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 2:23 PM

Probably the last time anyone really remembers Indiana being ranked No. 1 for anything good was back when Hoosier hoops ruled the hardwood. Usually state rankings find us in some kind of a dogfight with Mississippi and Arkansas for all the wrong reasons...

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Come on, Putnam County, let's check your pulse
Posted Thursday, September 18, at 9:09 AM

Come on, sing it with me: Letters ... we get letters ... we get stacks and stacks of letters ... That was a staple of the old Perry Como television show I can remember my parents insisting we would watch on the one-and-only TV in the household of my youth...

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Going bananas over leg cramps
Posted Friday, September 5, at 11:32 PM

It seems nearly impossible but I doubt I've watched a complete episode of "Seinfeld" for a number of years now. Oh sure, I've occasionally paused mid-episode while channel flipping to enjoy a famously recognizable scene or two. The Puffy Shirt? The Marine Biologist? The Contest? Who can flip past any of those when you see one of them in progress?...

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Too hot for cold, hard facts
Posted Wednesday, August 27, at 3:55 PM

It seems more devious than sacrilegious that during the hottest stretch of summer, the gang at the old Farmers' Almanac would get all folksy on us and start yammering about what horrors await us again this winter. I mean, can't we even enjoy our 90-degree days? Enjoy our 100-percent humidity sweatfest here without getting all nostalgic for ice, snow and cold and a visit from the Polar Vortex?...

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Ice Bucket Challenge? I think I know how this ends ...
Posted Friday, August 22, at 2:11 PM

Well, you knew it had to happen sooner or later ... Yep, I've been challenged to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) fundraiser that has gone virally berserk in recent days. Greencastle High School football coaches did it (my khakis suffered collateral damage during that event, by the way)...

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Honk if you hate keyless entry
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:06 PM

If you were peacefully trying to meditate in a courthouse cubicle the other day, I'm sorry. If you were quietly noshing in the back corner at Almost Home or Chief's the other afternoon, I apologize. If you were wandering the friendly confines of the courthouse square and almost jumped right out of your skin? Oops...

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Yea, you never forget your first
Posted Tuesday, August 12, at 11:50 AM

Conventional wisdom, popular culture and old adages never fail to remind us that you'll never forget your first. You remember, she had those curves -- those gentle, tantalizing curves. And in all the right places. Sleek and stylish. Classic beauty lines. You wanted to be seen with her and let everyone know she belonged to you...

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Average House Band to share old memories and play their songs again
Posted Wednesday, August 6, at 5:27 PM

Suffice it to say, there is nothing average about the annual Greencastle return of the Average House Band. When the boys are back in town this Friday and Saturday (9 p.m., Inn at DePauw, $10 at the door), it will be hard to tell who's having more fun -- members of the band or those who flock to enjoy their return to their roots each August...

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R.I.P., James Garner
Posted Tuesday, July 22, at 8:18 PM

The world learned Sunday that actor James Garner died Saturday night of natural causes at age 86. That makes me sad. So very sad. For not only was he a fine actor whose work I immensely enjoyed in the old "Maverick" and "Rockford Files" TV shows but he genuinely seemed to relish what he was doing at all times. A man's man, he shared an obvious sense of humor with a wink and a nod that he didn't take himself too seriously...

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Taking the iced tea plunge
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 7:46 PM

There's a scene in the Bruce Willis "Die Hard" sequel where our hero, John McClane, finds himself stuck in one of those "Groundhog Day" situations. Willis breaks the sacred fourth wall and stares into the camera to say, "Why does this stuff (expletive deleted) keep happening to me?"...

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So you got a little color this weekend, eh?
Posted Thursday, May 15, at 1:12 PM

The fact that little ol' Annie made the loathsome lyrics "the sun'll come out tomorrow" synonymous with optimism has always amazed me. After all, we redheads should stick together. And if you have the slightest hint of red in your head, the last thing you want to do is be out in the sun. Today or tomorrow...

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Royce Waltman someone to celebrate
Posted Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 PM

With the passing of former DePauw University basketball coach Royce Waltman Monday night -- a feisty fellow and architect of a 1990 NCAA title run that came up one last shot or one fateful missed call short of reality -- I was deep in my own thoughts and memories when I spotted a tweet from Ken Owen...

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Sick, sick, sick (and tired) of this winter
Posted Sunday, February 9, at 3:38 PM

As I stood around freezing in single-digits temps Thursday morning to snap photos of the annual Girl Scout cookie delivery, I couldn't help but think back to undertaking the same assignment last February. It was 60 degrees then, and nobody was wearing a jacket. Thursday morning I couldn't feel my toes for an hour after getting back to the office...

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Dec. 7 takes on additional meaning locally this year
Posted Wednesday, November 27, at 3:44 PM

To most Americans -- especially those age 60 and older certainly -- Dec. 7 will always and forever remain a day that will live in infamy. And with good reason, of course, since it is the anniversary of the heinous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that propelled the United States into World War II...

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Dressed for success? Hardly think so
Posted Thursday, October 24, at 5:43 PM

Just making conversation the other night, someone asked what I had dressed up as the last time I put on a costume for Halloween. That was an easy one. There was a party to go to. People were supposed to come in costume. It was last minute, and I wasn't even sure I was even going to go...

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Weekend thoughts and other notions
Posted Monday, September 23, at 6:14 PM

Random weekend thoughts -- not necessarily by Jack Handy ... So it's officially now autumn ... where in the world did the summer go? Oh yeah, I spent most of it being smothered in a sling in the La-Z-boy. Happy to be back, thank you very much. *...

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'You know why I pulled you over?' ...
Posted Thursday, August 29, at 10:36 PM

Note to self: No matter how bad things ever get, forget about a career as a criminal. No cheating on taxes. No refilling yesterday's cup at the McDonald's self-serve island. No ripping tags off old mattresses. As Charlie Brown (no, not that cartoon guy) once said in song: "You're gonna get caught, just you wait and see ... Why's everybody always pickin' on me?"...

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The quest for beef in sweet home, Chicago
Posted Friday, August 23, at 12:57 PM

Yea, you can pretty much take one quick look at me and know that I enjoy me some good grub. A meat-and-potatoes guy all the way. And where's the beef? Chicago, baby. That's why I didn't have to think twice when my sister Jennifer -- in from California for my daughter Emily's wedding in the Windy City last weekend -- asked if I wanted to go try and find some real Chicago Italian beef...

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A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Eric Bernsee has enjoyed residing in Greencastle for more than 25 years. Years of consuming McDonald's iced teas, Dairy Castle flurries and Marvin's GCBs have helped make him the man he is today.