Don\'t Ask Why
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:42These past couple of weeks have been a bit on the drizzly side, and I’ve been standing around like a restless flamingo. Shoes make the man, the axiom goes, and when there’s a hole in the shoe it makes the man soggy.
My favorite pair of shoes is from the TOMS company, which sends a pair to a little international bare-footed kid for every pair that is purchased by an idealistic American consumer. I got these shoes two years ago, and up until recently they had seemed to retain their newness.
That is, until I was walking to class in the rain last week and became waterlogged from the bottom up.
A hole, it’s been said, is the only item to grow bigger when more is taken from it. Apparently my left shoe was harboring such a...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:24If it weren’t for the Red Cross, America would never meet its annual quota for consumed ham sandwiches. And you can help.
While at the Tulsa mall during spring break, I visited the blood drive I saw near the entrance while wife Hanna got a haircut.
It seemed more productive than sitting at the salon flipping through Clinton-era stylebooks.
Donating blood has been a hobby for me since my sophomore year of high school when the FFA kids hosted a drive in the gym. A cotton ball taped to my inner elbow—or “anicubital space”—was my substitute badge of courage since I was the pasty guy who never tried out for football.
Before that, though, the idea of giving blood brought to mind images of Dracula. Maybe it does for you, too...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:59As a professional writer—that is, a recreational writer with deadlines who waits tables—coming up with a topic is the most important first step of the writing process.
The unimportant first step of the writing process is refilling my glass with artificially flavored juice from concentrate four or five times. Not because it’s important to stay hydrated while typing, but because I can waste a solid five minutes drinking and refilling.
It’s easy to refill a glass. It’s harder to find a topic that isn’t worthless.
I should know. I’ve written dozens of columns with worthless topics.
But this week I was ready to sit down and write: I met former President George W. Bush.
At least, I thought I was ready to write. You see, I...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 06 March 2012 15:53With graduation hurtling at me like a bad cliche from outer space, the question everyone is asking is, “What are you going to do next?”
Until recently, the answer has always been “retire.” But I don’t make that joke anymore because it’s becoming less funny the closer May gets.
The simple answer is that I don’t know. There are some possibilities, but nothing is set in stone.
The problem is, I’m a communications major, which means I’m highly educated in being qualified to do virtually nothing.
I know this because I’ve already started: As a junior I completed my capstone research project last year—I investigated the effects of Froot Loops media on local kids’ breakfast cereal preferences—so I’ve actually had...
Written by David Vogel Tuesday, 28 February 2012 16:02My column two weeks ago about merging Hillsboro and Marion into one city received mixed reviews. Some were pleased. Others worded it this way: “What are you trying to do? Stir up trouble?”
While previously discussed economic and cultural benefits might be easy to imagine, there are some items that would require a bit more planning: The public school systems.
Marion and Hillsboro schools engage in a rivalry that often stoops to sub-belt hitting. I’ve never understood the animosity that exists between the students, teams and communities, but it’s not ignorable.
Yet, if the cities were to merge, it would be silly to have a population of 5,000 people with two school districts. My solution: consolidate USD 410 and 408 and...
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