I attended my condo association’s board meeting the other day, and a few things stood out to me in context to what’s going on in the news.
A police officer was there, and explained the current situation with the Beltsville police department. There used to be seven cops assigned to our area. Now there are three, and they’re working 12 hour shifts. These aren’t cutbacks – there are far fewer cops now to fill the spots of the ones who are retiring. Plus, the retirees can make very good pay in freelance security, so why stay on full time? Continue reading “Real Concerns and the Headlines They Ultimately Create”
In the summer of 1981, my parents somehow got me on the show WOW, which aired on WDCA Channel 20. WOW was a children’s show starring Captain 20 (Dick Dyszel). The kids entered the set on a sliding board then participated in fun activities as cameras filmed us. Continue reading “That Time I Was on WOW on Channel 20”
While boating on Tims Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennessee, my friend and I (and his 4-year-old daughter) stopped off at a small island to check it out. I believe it’s called ‘Devil’s Step Island’ and it’s marked on the map below. Up the hill, we found a small campground, and nearby, an abandoned cemetery. Continue reading “Abandoned Shasteen Cemetery in Winchester, Tennessee”
My ice hockey team, the Screaming Squirrels, won our men’s league division’s championship Sunday. It was our 7th ice championship overall (6th at the Gardens Ice House), and first since 2014. We were the fourth seed, but dominated the playoffs by knocking out the 5th, 1st, and 2nd seeds. Continue reading “Squirrels Win”
It’s been ten years since my first boss at washingtonpost.com passed away. Bill Grant hired me in October of 1998 as a sports producer. It was my first ‘career’ job out of college. I suppose it helped that I lived right down the street from him, and had been recommended by another employee who was one of my former journalism professors, but I’d like to think I earned it. Continue reading “Remembering Bill Grant”