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A Michelle Kwan Sighting, in Abu Dhabi

June 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Olympics

For more than a decade, Michelle Kwan represented what we in the journalism call a “standing story”. A standing story is one that is news at any time. Work or play, good or bad, any developments warrant coverage and follow-up because we believe our audience has significant interest in the topic. Particularly so, in my […]

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My UAE Team and Finally Getting a Second Championship

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, The National, World Cup

I settled on Al Jazira as my favorite soccer team, in my six-plus years in Abu Dhabi. In large part because the club was about 200 yards from where I lived and about 300 yards from where I worked. A club considered one of the biggest in the nation was awfully handy to me; I […]

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Catching Up on Super Bowl Commercials and Other American Cultural Touchstones

April 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France

Geez. You spend most of 7.5 years out of the country … and homeland cultural references just blow right past. Until two days ago, I did not know that Bill Simmons‘s new website, The Ringer, had launched. As of June 2016. Which means it is not new at all but somehow had gone unnoticed by […]

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Journalism Layoffs and Quickly Reaching ‘Acceptance’

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, Sports Journalism, The National

It’s called the Five Stages of Grieving, and professional journalists by now know it by heart. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. An interesting development in the grim business of companies firing large numbers of journalists, which has been a primary characteristic of the profession for more than a decade now … is how those being […]

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Winter Clothes? Yes, Really

April 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, Olympics, Travel

I’ve never really had winter clothes. Because I always lived in places that either were temperate or Just Plain Hot. Long Beach, then the Inland Empire, then Abu Dhabi. But here in Europe, in France, we can go weeks (!) without a single minute in the 60-degree (Fahrenheit) range in December, January, February. Granted, it’s […]

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The Value of Male vs. Female Sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, The National, Volvo Ocean Race

I love the Volvo Ocean Race. The idea of circling the planet in a boat that has about an inch between sailors and the world’s oceans … is compelling. I became fully aware of the eight-month, round-the-world event, often described as the “Everest of sailing”, in 2011, ahead of the 2011-12 race, which included a […]

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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The UAE Gets into the Business of Printing Money

March 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, The National, UAE

Curiously, for the first 44 years of its history, the United Arab Emirates outsourced the making of its money. As in, printing bank notes and minting coins. I know the UAE dirham notes well, having carried them around in my pocket for the six-plus years I lived in the country. I had no idea, however, […]

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Ah, the ‘Go to Hospital, See a Match’ Scam

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

Great story out of Italy. FC Crotone, a small club from the south of Italy, qualified to play in the top-flight Seria A this season — a first for the team from the ancient city in the deep south of the country. As one might imagine, the local fans of calcio were quite excited, for […]

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Christmas Eve in the South of France

December 24th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Languedoc

I like to attend Christmas Eve services. Preferably of the “candlelight” variety. I have attended one every December 24 since I was 13 — aside from one year in Long Beach when we got the starting time of a service wrong and arrived just as everyone was leaving. Options for church-going in this part of […]

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