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Oh the Places You’ll Go

first_imgThere. Much better. If that poem doesn’t give you a little burst of inspiration to go out and see the world, I’m not sure what will.THE LIST 1. Joyce Kilmer Memorial ForestWhy? To revel in the beauty of some big-ass old growth trees.2. Linville RiverWhy? To see the awe-inspiring, piss-your-pants rapids that are iconic of the gorge.3. Blue Ridge, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, the name of the town is Blue Ridge. I gotta go there. I’m surprised I haven’t been yet, honestly. Plus, the cycling scene there is off the chain (no pun intended, maybe).4. Chincoteague Island, VirginiaWhy? One word. Ponies.5. Cumberland Island, GeorgiaWhy? I mean, it captured the fascination of my editor for over 20 years of his life, enough so that he decided to write a biography about the island’s lone protector, Carol Ruckdeschel. It has to be good. Plus I like turtles.6. Edisto River, South CarolinaWhy? If not for the scenic flatwater paddling, then definitely the treehouse lodging.7. Everglades National Park, FloridaWhy? I know, I know. It’s not “technically” the Blue Ridge, but shoot – neither is half our territory! Plus, how sweet would it be to spend a week sea kayaking around the Everglades, camping on pristine beaches, watching the sun set over the horizon each night…I can almost feel the salt rash on my bum and the sunburn on my face now.8. Wilmington, N.C.Why? To go on a history tour of the town…NOT. I want to surf. Duh.9. The Fantastic Pit, GeorgiaWhy? Sounds dirty, and it is. Imagine a 586-foot vertical drop into Ellison’s Cave, the twelfth deepest cave in the United States.10. State College, Penn.Why? To get my ass kicked on a bike.11. Seneca Rocks, W.Va.Why? I’ve been there, seen it, but I actually want to climb that shit. It’s a classic.###That’s a good start, but I’d love to hear from you. Where should I go in 2015? Looking for adventure partners along the way! Per my last blog post, you’re well aware that I already have my mind made up about New Year’s resolutions. In general, I’d say I’m satisfied with that list. It’s succinct, realistic, common-sense.But you know me. I’m one of those annoying big-ideas type of people who could stay up into the wee hours talking about dreams and goals and never get anywhere with any of them but ride high on the energy of endless possibility for weeks after.So what’s the big thing that’s missing from that list? The thing that keeps me up at night, wheels turning? The thing that distracts me from writing this blog as we speak?Places.Like the great American writer and filmmaker Susan Sontag, I’m of the mindset that, “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” I covered a lot of ground in 2014, from the coast of Carolina, to the cliffs of eastern Kentucky, to the highlands of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. But there are plenty of places I haven’t been, even in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.But, before I launch into a detailed description of all the places I’d like to visit this year and why, let’s set the mood with a little Dr. Seuss, shall we?You have brains in your head.You have feet in your shoes.You can steer yourselfAny direction you choose.You’re on your own. Andyou know what you know.And you are the guy who’lldecide where to go.You’ll get mixed up,of course, as you already know.You’ll get mixed up withmany strange birds as you go.So be sure when you step,Step with care and greattact and remember thatLife’s A Great Balancing Act.And will you succeed?Yes! You will, indeed!(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)KID, YOU’LL MOVEMOUNTAINS!last_img read more

After the ‘Thrill’ is gone from the pages

first_imgWhen I first took this column two and a half years ago, I envisioned saying goodbye in a three-part series.The first would be a detailed look at the birth of the column. Part two would be a retelling of its life.Part three would be an in-depth look at its title, “Thrilla on Manilla Paper.” After all, you deserve to know what in the world could possibly have led to such a name. And before this is all over, you might still get that explanation.But instead of a three column series, it is just this one.I thought, two and a half years ago, by the time it was all said and done, I’d need thousands of words to sum everything up. Instead, it’s just a few hundred on this piece of paper.In fact, one sentence might do the trick. So here it goes.What a long, strange trip it’s been.It’s a journey that has truly traversed this campus and country.It has gone from the steps of Heritage Hall to the gates of Dedeaux Field, from press row at Galen Center to the tallest heights of the Coliseum.It’s a trip that’s taken me from Los Angeles to the top of a hill in Berkeley; from the cozy confines of South Bend, Ind., to the open air of Seattle, Wash.It’s taken me from a stadium that seats 100,000 people in Columbus, Ohio, to a stadium that sounds like it seats 100,000 people in Eugene, Ore.Simply being there has been remarkable and being able to share it with you through my lens has been just as great.But simply being there is not the story. No, this column would be far more boring if it were just a retelling of the places I’ve been.Postcards are for brief hellos and goodbyes. Columns are not. Columns are a place for opinion and analysis — a look at what has occurred along that journey.But again, this would just be a space filled with words if there were no characters. So I owe it to all the men and women who have graced these pages along the way, who have made the stories what they were — and given me the ability to write what I’ve written.There was Pete Carroll, who over the last four years was one of the most quotable people on the planet.He reveled in every win, and was quick to point out who deserved praise, wallowed in each loss and never hesitated to point the finger at himself.Without Carroll, this would just been stories about a football team. Instead, wins and losses took on a life of their own, with Carroll’s commentary as an integral part of their interpretations one way or another.There was Joe McKnight, whose tenure at USC was a tumultuous one, filled with great promise and flashes of brilliance as well as great disappointment.Without McKnight, this would have been a football team with a lot of running backs. Instead, it was a football team with a bevy of backs, one of which could have been legendary.There was Tim Floyd, Taj Gibson, Dwight Lewis, Daniel Hackett, O.J. Mayo and DeMar Derozan. All six were central figures in the meteoric rise of USC basketball and key players in its sudden fall.There is Jovan Vavic, the candid and quotable head coach of USC’s top-ranked water polo teams. He reached the pinnacle of the sport but found obstacles in his attempt to repeat — that was, until he got over the hump.But again, it would just be a story if not for Vavic’s passion and intensity. He spoke his mind and wore his emotions on his sleeve, making for more than just some article about a few games in a pool.There have been dozens of other names that have crossed these pages, each with a story to tell and each with the unique ability to make a story more than just words.Really, all I’ve done over the last two and a half years is mix their words and actions with my opinions. What you have as the end result is a column.Whether you’ve agreed with me or not is not important. It’s whether you’ve taken the time to agree with me or not that’s more important.If you have, thank you. I hope you’ve been able to take something away from this.The inches left in this paper are running low, so before I say goodbye for good, let me explain one last thing: my column’s name.I wanted to name it “From the Parking Lot,” in reference to a shot by former Vermont basketball player T.J. Sorrentine. He hit a deep three late in a first round game against Syracuse in 2005, securing an upset for the No. 13 Catamounts. The shot was from way behind the arc, prompting Gus Johnson to say: “Sorrentine hit that one from the parking lot.”But the Daily Trojan’s sports editor at the time, Peter Simones, said the reference was too obscure. Instead, after brainstorming, a title playing off one of the greatest boxing matches of all time was chosen.Clever, I know.Anyway, now that the name situation has been settled, that time is drawing near. It’s the time where this column comes to an end.But before it’s knocked out for good, I want to leave you with a quote from General MacArthur. He said, “Old columnists never die, they just fade away.”Actually, I don’t think that’s what he said. But it’s too late now. There’s no space left to talk about it, no columns left to write.“Thrilla on Manilla Paper” ran every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Grant at [email protected]last_img read more

Olympic boxing greats Lomachenko, Rigondeaux fight as pros

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Then Lomachenko will try to cap his year by breaking through Rigondeaux’s often impenetrable defense.At 5-foot-6, the 29-year-old now living in California hardly looks intimidating. Lomachenko arrived for his news conference Thursday in a button-down shirt and thick glasses, a cerebral look for what figures to be a fierce night in the ring.Fitting, because this is a fight he’ll have to win as much with his mind as his muscle.“Of course, it’s going to be a very intelligent fight. Two guys meeting who really knows about boxing,” Lomachenko said through an interpreter. “So it’s an intelligent fight, brain fight.”Both fighters thrive in those, part of the reason they can’t land the bigger fights they want. They’re tough to even look good against, let alone beat, and many opponents want no part of that.So they ended up fighting each other, one of them perhaps headed to a loss that’s been so infrequent dating to their youth.“It’s going to be a great fight for the fans and it’s going to be a great historical fight that fans will forever look back on,” Rigondeaux said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny First he has to deal with Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the 122-pound champion moving up two weight classes for an ESPN-televised chance to earn the appreciation that his unbeaten pro career hasn’t brought yet.“It’s a very important fight in my career,” Rigondeaux said through an interpreter. “It’s going to be a great show and I hope everybody appreciates the show we’re going to put on Saturday.”The Olympic gold medalist for Cuba at 119 pounds in 2000 and 2004 would have preferred it at a lighter weight, where he wouldn’t be giving up size to a fighter who has the offensive arsenal of Lomachenko. But 130 pounds was where Rigondeaux, 37, had to go to get the opportunity that has eluded him throughout his unbeaten career, even when he toppled Nonito Donaire in 2013 in a fight that gave him another title but not really many more fans.His defensive-minded style was the way to pile up the points as an amateur, where on top of his Olympic golds he also won world titles in 2001 and 2005, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2003 and 2005. But it hasn’t done much to make him marketable as a pro, where Lomachenko’s six straight victories by stoppage demonstrate the kind of aggression casual viewers favor.“Rigo has had a historic, legendary career as an Olympic fighter and now as a professional and this is a fight that he’s been waiting for his entire career, to bring him not just to the top of the pound-for-pound list, where he has always been, to bring him the exposure and the accolades as one of the most popular fighters in the world that he’s so deserving of,” promoter Dino Duva said. “But he’s never had the chance to get there. This is the fight that’s going to bring him over that hump.”The undercard includes American Shakur Stevenson, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist who sparred with Lomachenko during camp, as well as former Irish Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlan. U.S. women’sOlympian Mikaela Mayer also is in one of the preliminary bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2008, file photo, Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukrain,e reacts after defeating Khedafi Djelkhir, of France, during the men’s featherweight 57 kilogram final boxing match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Before they became professional champions, Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux were the class of boxing’s amateur ranks. They meet Saturday for Lomachenko’s 130-pound title in the first pro bout between two-time Olympic gold medalists. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, both champions and two of boxing’s best, were even more than that as amateurs.They were the gold standard.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers from Process to work in progress Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? So a fight between them seemed natural, the first professional bout pitting fighters who each won two Olympic gold medals.“It’s obviously a historic fight,” promoter Bob Arum said. “Two great, great fighters with two unbelievable pedigrees facing each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThey fight Saturday at the Theater in Madison Square Garden for Lomachenko’s 130-pound title, a popular pairing for fight fans who marveled at their mastery of the craft back when the prizes were medals around their necks, not belts around their waists.“This fight is very important for me because a lot of people who are fans, a lot of media want this fight,” Lomachenko said. “It’s a very special fight for them. It’s special for me. It will be interesting.”Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) won Olympic gold in 2008 and again four years later in London fighting at a different weight, the highlights of an amateur career in which the Ukrainian compiled a 396-1 record. He won a 126-pound belt in just his third pro fight in 2014, has made three defenses of the 130-pound title he won in 2016, and is likely headed for a move up to lightweight next year.last_img read more

Crime Latest: PSNI seek information from public on dead Donegal woman

first_imgThe PSNI have sought the help of the Donegal public following the death of Convoy woman Lu Na McKinney.Ms McKinney lived in the East Donegal town with her husband Stephen who has since been charged in connection with her death.Ms McKinney, a Chinese national, died following a boating incident in Fermanagh earlier this year. Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch are appealing for information about Lu Na McKinney who died at Devenish Island on Thursday, April 13th.Detective Inspector David McGrory said: “Police are issuing a photograph of Mrs McKinney today in the hope that people will come forward with any information they have about her.“I would like to hear from anyone who knew her or anyone who had contact with Mrs McKinney, who lived in Convoy, County Donegal, in the months preceding her death.“Colleagues in An Garda Síochána are working jointly with PSNI to investigate Lu Na’s death and anyone with information can contact either the PSNI on 04890 650 222 , confidential Crime Stoppers number on 0800 555 111 or An Garda Síochána at Letterkenny on 074 9167100 ,the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Crime Latest: PSNI seek information from public on dead Donegal woman was last modified: December 12th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoydeathLu Na McKinneylast_img read more