Yellowstone

Yellowstone

I’m not a useful person to take camping.   A handsome face is great and everything, but when you’re sitting among a bunch of trees, 30 miles away from the possibility of posting a selfie to Instagram, that handsome face doesn’t add much value to the good of the...
Heavyweight

Heavyweight

One thing about being a serious wrestler is that an accurate scale is among the most essential household furnishings. Guesstimation is not tolerable when it comes to a wrestler’s weight, so having a scale that spits back a reading to the exact ounce is of utmost...
Sonny and Cher

Sonny and Cher

He was cooking breakfast, oldies radio playing in the background, when it came across the news that it was the 44th anniversary of Sonny and Cher separating.   While noteworthy, this tidbit was nothing extraordinary, as people–especially those of celebrity...
Icy Conditions

Icy Conditions

The future of humanity, at times, seems most dismal.   The last time I opened Facebook, I was confronted with the horrific news of another mass shooting. It was an unwelcome distraction from the ongoing debate of whether this half of society hates President Trump...
Troy Nickerson Waits in Line

Troy Nickerson Waits in Line

Troy Nickerson had never read the Harry Potter series, but the expectation plastered on his mien, his intensely blue eyes piercing the wall before him, could have convinced any bystander that his Platform 9 ¾ lay hidden somewhere in the depths of the Chattanooga...
Raul the Barber

Raul the Barber

Where I grew up, haircuts cost $5, and from what I always understood, it had been that way since the shop opened in the 1950’s. Rent had multiplied, the price of gas had gone through the roof, but haircuts were still $5. It was at once totally awesome and completely...
Karaoke, or Karaoki

Karaoke, or Karaoki

Before it started, it had all the makings of a standard Saturday night. I had just finished a long day of wrestling and was prepared to go home, make a salad and protein shake, and fall asleep before 9 o’clock while trying to make a dent in the mountain of books piled...

Key Lime Pie

My flight to Orlando was scheduled to leave at 5:30 PM, so I left Greeley right after lunch, just to be on the safe side. After battling traffic, road construction, and a security line that reached halfway to Castle Rock, the five-hour buffer I had given myself turned...

Happy Birthday, Burroughs!

I often tell people, only partially in jest, that my greatest accolade as a college wrestler was being Jordan Burroughs’ teammate for four years. It has proven to be quite the résumé booster throughout my professional career. What are some of your athletic...

Raquel

  He hears the ticking of the clocks And walks along through the city blocks Hunts her down by the waterfront docks Where the sailors all roll in Maybe he’ll spot her once again How long must he wait? One more time for a simple twist of fate ~ Bob Dylan...