Facebook Etiquette

by Derek Workman

With Facebook, we can easily stay in touch with a much broader collection of people. You can chat with that mate from secondary that is living in Cape Town. Reconnect with the friend from primary whose family moved back to Kenya after standard four. You can cyber-stalk that Swedish exchange student you crushed on third year at UB. Facebook is Great! 

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Don Gavin - The Unknown God

by Derek Workman

The crowd is relaxed and primed. The MC begins his short introduction. The man who will follow does not need one. Not around here at least. He is the reason all these people are here. The reason they and many others have been coming to Giggles and other clubs around New England for nearly 30 years.  

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On Note-Based Culture

by Derek Workman

We now live in a Note-Based Culture. The world communicates the way we used to get in trouble for communicating in school - except it is digital now. Instead of our notes traveling to a friend a few desks away they travel a friend on another continent. Because of this we are endlessly multi-tasking. (In fact, chances are you will send or receive a note to someone while you are reading this.)

We share our lives 160 characters at a time.

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Dear Girl That Tells Me I Do Not Understand Fashion - An Open Letter

by Derek Workman

Unfortunately for you, fashion could be defined as ‘something you are going to be embarrassed about when you see a photo of yourself in a years time’. In your effort to be on the cutting edge of fashion you have fallen off the edge and bumped your head. That is the only way to explain why you thought it was a good idea to leave the house looking like that.

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Living a Week Ahead

by Derek Workman

"I was sitting on the steps of the admin building on the phone crying to my brother for like an hour." Carly Omenhiser says on a mild southern Alabama evening. She  takes a pull off her cigarette, swats at one of the first mosquitoes of the spring. "It was my junior year at Troy. I was majoring in education. I had just done my first stint in a classroom and figured out...well, that teaching wasn't what I wanted to do. Dealing with twenty screaming kids all day and then dealing with twenty sets of parents. And the pay wasn't very good." She pauses while she stands, puts her hand over the grill to see if the temperature is right

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Why the US lacks a true No. 10

by Derek Workman

A response to David Hirshey’s Soccernet.com Column  

In his October 11th column the respected soccer writer David Hirshey’s a made the valid point that those of us who follow the US national soccer team are all too aware of.  Namely the US has long been without a true player-maker. The last legitimate maestro we had was Tab Ramos, who retired in 2002. And the Messiah player we have all been waiting for - and who has often been falsely prophesied of – does not seem to on the horizon.

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Reporting From A Different Ground Zero

by Derek Workman

“Just double bag it!” The word choice here is critical. My drinking buddy, Mateo says to me, “Just double bag it!” He does not choose words like “you had better,” or “It would be a VERY good idea to” or (a more appropriate reaction) “Better not touch that with a ten foot pole.” Instead, he says “just”, as if this were a detail hardly worth thinking about, merely a suggestion, with a ‘dat-a-boy’ tone. Mateo tells me this after the girl I have been flirting with for most of the night goes to get another drink.

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