South City Confessions: Don’t look up! In a world without Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg lost nearly $6 billion today. Say it again with me, but with a Dr. Evil meets Donald Trump line reading… A BILLION DOLLARS! That’s a lot of money. I’ve had some rough days myself, including last week’s instance where I wanted Kraft Mac n’ Cheese but didn’t have it. As men, these sorts … More South City Confessions: Don’t look up! In a world without Facebook

Mick Jagger gives Crown Candy Kitchen a shoutout during Rolling Stones show at the Dome

Andy Karandzieff must have been smiling ear to ear last night at the Dome in downtown St. Louis. The greatest rock n’ roll band in the world had just given his local eatery, Crown Candy Kitchen, a shoutout in the middle of their show–loud enough for the 60,000+ audience to get a reminder of where … More Mick Jagger gives Crown Candy Kitchen a shoutout during Rolling Stones show at the Dome

A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

A lot of fighters tried to take Matt Hughes out in the ring. A few succeeded, while many failed and failed again. But zero battles inside the Octagon could measure up to the fight he’d face after retirement. A few years ago, a train tried to take Hughes out near his hometown of Hillsboro, Illinois. … More A freak of nature in the octagon, Matt Hughes’ life after retirement is even more remarkable

Farewell, Mr. Orange: A master film projectionist, father, and lover of baseball caps tilted up

“Smile! It’s good for ya!” Last week, I was at a movie screening with a few minutes to spare. As 10 turned to 15 and that escalated into 30 minutes, a delay brewed and audience members wondered what was happening. There aren’t projectors up there anymore at Ronnies or Esquire, just a digital machine with … More Farewell, Mr. Orange: A master film projectionist, father, and lover of baseball caps tilted up

500 words about my love affair with Stella Artois

“Give me a beer.” One of the simplest, most-easy-to-understand phrases hits like a blunt request. It’s synonymous with baseball for me. A cold one at the ballpark always felt very Don Draper to me. As Mike Shannon would eloquently put it on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium, a cold, frosty Budweiser. Once … More 500 words about my love affair with Stella Artois

The simples of rules: Follow the COVID-19 guidelines, or you’ll get shut down

Some things in life shouldn’t need explanation or that much oxygen to understand. They are called rules. COVID-19 has taken a pound of flesh, in some way or another, from most of us; some more than others. Local businesses-the lovely family-owned and staffed comfort shacks spread out across Macklind Avenue-have taken a particularly nasty beating … More The simples of rules: Follow the COVID-19 guidelines, or you’ll get shut down