Drinking Red, White, and Blue Kool-Aid
Sunday, January 20th, 2013

David Stairs Amid the controversy over Guantanamo interrogation techniques resurrected by Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty I read Mark Owen’s No Easy Day, the ooh-rah first person Seal Team Six account of the assassination of Osama bin Laden on May 1st, 2011. Suddenly, the notion of watching Jessica Chastain burn up the screen with her […]

Blood Types
Thursday, November 15th, 2012

David Stairs “It’s not a blue world anymore, Max.” —Chief Blue Meany speaking to his assistant at the end of Yellow Submarine The aftermath of the 2012 election got me thinking about color. The typical red/blue dichotomy that the media has devised to represent our apparent “bad blood” has been an all-too-familiar-display since Election Day, […]

The Trouble With Trauma
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

David Stairs It happened in an instant. One moment I was leaving the school parking lot, the next the ground was close to my face and I could see the EMT’s feet as they worked around me. It was 8:20am Monday May 2. Moments earlier I had dropped my son Luco off at Renaissance Public […]

Football Is Bigger Than the Second Coming of Christ
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

David Stairs On Sunday February 6th I went to my local grocery store to get some canned tomatoes for the dinner I was planning. The place was mobbed. I looked around, half expecting to see the Lord descend in a cloud of glory, but I should have known better. After all, it was Superbowl Sunday. […]

The Tubberiad
Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Martin Scriblerus As the sun comes up on a new day… Chances are good you know them all by name: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po. They live in one of the most completely artificial environments on earth, or anywhere outside of Disneyworld, the Tubbytronic Superdome. Under the sign of the drooling sun, over hill […]

Requiem For a Middleweight
Friday, December 4th, 2009

David Stairs The author, at his homemade miniature golf range, with his Father’s Plymouth Belvedere in the background. I was driving across northern Indiana last year when a wide-tracking station wagon blew past me at 85mph. Once upon a time this event would not have warranted notice. But on this particular day it was the […]

RV Nation
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

David Stairs Guaranty RV sales, Junction City, Oregon One doesn’t notice it at first, not until you start frequenting environments dominated by parks and resorts. Until then it’s subtle, in the background. But driving through the Targhee National Forest it’s inescapable: the number of RV-related camps and services expands exponentially. In Yellowstone, general elevation +7500′, […]