Category: Press Columns

One year and counting

People tend to put a lot of emphasis and celebration, or just the opposite of celebration, on certain occasions each year. There are those who celebrate anniversaries, birthdays and other special events, while they might try to ignore others, like…

A year can change a man

It’s been just over a year since my dad suffered the first of three aneurysms. It feels like yesterday but also like it never really happened. It’s hard to explain something that’s self-conflicting. Seeing my dad out and about doing…

Grab your floaties, we’re going swimming

If getting married is referred to as taking the plunge, right now I’m grabbing my sun screen and towel. Being pale complected is the first thing I go for is the sun screen. Adriana, on the other hand, would probably…

They are seldom perfect

by A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia Last Wednesday’s city council meeting concluded with a vicious dog hearing; a vicious dog hearing that ended with a split council vote but whose initial declaration was upheld. The thing with ordinances, like most things…

Right things happen at the right time

Preston wrote in his column last week about the right things happening at the right time, something I’ve probably covered over the years in abundance. There are certain moments in life that transcend the usual, everything from an engagement (like…

The right place at the right time

I usually email all of my columns to Adriana but this one needs to stay under wraps for a little bit. This isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke so prepare yourselves. About a month ago I put a down payment…

March Madness

The madness is upon us. I can hear college basketball announcers Dick Vitale and Gus Johnson screaming and mayhem ensuing. So grab your pencils, do your research, grab your lucky rabbit foot. The NCAA tournament is lurking at every office,…

Flirting with death opens your eyes

I don’t remember the last time I wrote a column, but it’s probably in the neighborhood of a year or so ago. That’s about the amount of time I spent getting used to my backside on hospital beds or trying…

Ah!!! Raspberries!!!

Over this past weekend I had the opportunity to play Apples to Apples with my brother, Mr. Crompton, his girlfriend and my girlfriend Adriana. For those who don’t know how the game works, you have seven cards with different words,…

Beaver pride

One thing I’ve never been short of is school spirit. Throughout my life I’ve been raised to root for my teams, good or bad. Coming from Idaho State University, I had a fair share of years where some of the…