Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finding Motivation to Get Fit

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM

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Having trouble getting motivated to get fit or stay fit? Join the club. Even trainers fight temptation and apathy, and sometimes it takes a life-changing event to make the lifestyle changes that make a lasting difference.

There's no quick fix, as the stories of trainer Marcus Santi and photographer Justin Burks demonstrate.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Politics of Skate Parks

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Who would have thought that a skate park would be seen as a threat to a historic neighborhood?

I'm sorry but not surprised that the skate park proposed for Glenview Park has run into opposition and will possibly be built at Rodney Baber Park instead.

Sorry because Rodney Baber Park floods from the Wolf River part of the year and is hard to get to without a car. It's a baseball and softball park on the north end of McLean just north of Interstate 40. It's hard to imagine kids without cars getting over there on their skateboards, but what do I know. I came of age in the Pleistocene Era of hula hoops, pogo sticks and baseball.

I'm not surprised because I know both Councilwoman Wanda Halbert and skate park proponent Aaron Shafer, and I could see this one coming.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Andre Agassi: How Open is "Open"?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 4:01 PM

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When a professional athlete writes a book and calls it "Open," skepticism is in order.

Andre Agassi's autobiography is uncommonly interesting, uncommonly well written, and — to an extent we may never know — uncommonly open. But I had a feeling after I finished it that I had been shortchanged on the story.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Go Griz, Western Style

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 1:51 PM

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MISSOULA, Montana — The Grizzlies own this town under the big "M" on Mount Sentinel.

Their "Go Griz" slogan and trademarked maroon paw print are on convenience stores, billboards, bars, restaurants, newspapers, and jackets. Of course the Grizzlies are from the University of Montana, not Memphis.

If a team longs to be embraced, it helps to be good. The football team went 14-1 in 2009 and lost in the national championship game in Chattanooga for the second year in a row. It also helps to be the only game in town. The closest pro sports teams are in Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Canada.

Other pleasant surprises about Montana: no sales tax, free samples of Trout Slayer Ale and Moose Drool beer, snowshoes, the Clark Fork River, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, books about mountain men, George Winston's CD "Montana: A Love Story," and the discovery of a disparaging word for immigrants — honyocker.

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