Houses and Homes

Perhaps my favorite quote from any book is towards the end of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: He sat down on a grassy bank and looked at the city that surrounded him, and thought, one day he would have to go home. And one day he would have to make a home to go back to.…

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Special Education

You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake, you are the same organic decaying matter as everything else. – Tyler Durden, Fight Club My sense of the rustling encroachment of my mortality has been a little keener over the past couple of weeks. Personally, I’ve been hampered by a torn muscle in my lower back,…

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Well Heeled

I’m not used to being the Enemy.  One of the Bad Guys*. But somehow this weekend, the basketball team from my grad school alma mater – The University of North Carolina – became the villain in a “Hoosier-esque” story arc that was manufactured around this year’s Final Four in Detroit. The Michigan State Spartans were…

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Rock, Chalk, Salt-in-the-Wounds

I almost turned it off. As Kansas was routing a flat-footed and confused North Carolina Tar Heel team in the first half of their NCAA national semifinal game Saturday, I nearly turned it off. Watching the perfect storm of Kansas playing superb and inspired basketball and the Tar Heels playing a sloppy, poor-shooting, and poor-decision-making…

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Heels Top Dog, but Retriever Fever Burns in Our House

So, as a Tar Heel, the perfect basketball season contains the following:a) win the ACC regular seasonb) beat Duke every time you play themc) win the ACC tournamentd) go to the Final Foure) win the National Championship Ellington says first game is right over there in Raleigh This year, the Heels went 1-1 versus Duke, so “all of the above”…

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Heels Take ACC

Green_Over_Paulus There's really not much more that needs to be added to that picture.  On Saturday, the Tar Heels beat their despised rivals, the Duke Blue Devils**, at Cameron Indoor Stadium to capture the ACC regular season title.  The Heels finished at 14-2 in the ACC, 29-2 overall and #1 in the nation.  The ACC Tournament…

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The Good, The Bach, and The Ugly

As these things usually go, we’d thought that this might be a low-key weekend as we prepared to move over next weekend – and of course, we were wrong… The Good.  We had the final walk-through on the new house — (which I’m now going to refer to as “The Aerie” which is a reference…

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That Lovin’ Feeling: Tar Heels Down Duke

Wright_scores The Tar Heels outlasted an emotional but ultimately over-powered Duke team in Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight — sending thousands of blue-painted privileged kids out into the chilly Tobacco Road air with yet another home loss on their record in the ACC season.  Yeah, too bad for them. As a proud Tar Heel alum, I've…

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ACC Demolishes Big-10………………………..Again

Lawson_UNC The sixth-ranked Tar Heels rode a big second half from Tyler Hansbrough to beat the soon-to-no-longer-be #1 Ohio State Buckeyes in the final game of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.  The Buckeyes had led for most of the first half, but the Heels came out strong after the break (when I started watching….coincidence??) pulling away…

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