I was at a restaurant, I saw a guy wearing a leather jacket at the same time he was eating a hamburger and drinking a glass of milk. I said “Dude, you are a cow. The metamorphosis is complete. Don’t fall asleep, I will tip you over.” — Mitch Hedberg
Have you noticed that whatever sport you’re trying to learn, some earnest person is always telling you to keep your knees bent? — Dave Barry
Futbol in ‘Bama?
For my newest piece in Birmingham Magazine, I caught up with John Killian and Julian Copes, a couple of young, civic-minded soccer fans in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Along with a few other friends, 2013 they founded an organization called The Birmingham Hammers with one simple goal - to bring professional soccer to Birmingham.
If someone had mentioned this idea 20 years ago, they would have been laughed out of town. Birmingham is mostly thought of as an American football town, but that may be changing. While the Hammers may not by on the verge of getting MLS to come Birmingham, they have serious nibbles from other leagues. If I had to pony up a little moolah, I’d say these guys will land a team within the year.
The Sweet Science -
After realizing that my Kindle library and bookshelves were crammed with books about sports and copies of vintage sports magazine, I decided it was time to create a new blog about sports in print. I may even slip a shameless plug in here once or twice. Let me know what you think.
A few days ago I was flipping the library of books on my Kindle as well as the titles on my bookshelves at home and I realized - I have a bunch of books about sports. Fiction books, non-fiction books, humorous quick-reads, dramatic page-turners, all about sports. It got me thinking. What are the…
My newest story in Discover St. Clair is sure to get your stomach growling. It focuses on a handful of meat-and-three restaurants in the area all cooking up some darn good Southern cooking. The story mostly focuses on what these restaurants offer for lunch and dinner, but I have to recommend the breakfast at Huggy’s Diner. Best French toast and pancakes I’ve had in a while.
Look Up In The Sky ….
I’ve been a little negligent keeping this blog up to date, but, hey, better late than never. Anyway, I had a really cool piece published in the January issue of B-Metro Magazine on several experimental pilots throughout the Birmingham area. I’ve become fascinated with the idea of someone spending the time, money, and energy to build their own airplane, and then having the cojones to actually get in the darn thing and fly it himself. This article gave me the chance to explore that idea.
I interviewed a handful of local pilots and got to fly in a couple of interesting planes for the piece, taking the controls for a few minutes as well. My favorite of the two planes was, without a doubt, the 1946 Erco Ercoupe, owned by Mr. Johnny Ward of Shelby County, Alabama. We took it up in the air late in the afternoon on a beautiful October day in central Alabama. It’s an open cockpit plane, so the experience is similar to riding around in a convertible with the exception of being about 1,500 feet in the air, of course. We flew over several local landmarks including American Village and my Alma mater, the University of Montevallo. If you ever get a chance to fly in one of these, don’t pass it up. Heckuva lot of fun.
I didn’t get a chance, however, to fly in the Breezy, much to my disappointment, although my wife was thrilled those plans fell through. Another time.
Also, I need to give a shout out to the photographer on the story, the always brilliant Beau Gustafson.
Read the story here.
Drifting classic lambo in the rain.
Photo fun with a Coca Cola sign at Superior Grill, Birmingham, Alabama. Image created with #Snapseed #superiorgrill #birmingham #coke #cocacola #funky #kitsch