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The Galaxy without Landon

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Galaxy, Hong Kong, Landon Donovan, soccer, Sports Journalism, Travel

I got an email the other day from the L.A. Galaxy media department. “Postgame notes: L.A. Galaxy 2, Chicago Fire 0 – March 6, 2015” The Galaxy season opener, and a victory for the defending Major League Soccer champions. And it was then that I realized …

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Why Phuket?

November 30th, 2013 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Phuket, tourism, Travel, UAE

A fair question, especially if you live in North America. Why Phuket? Hawaii or the Caribbean are very similar, and much closer. I can’t imagine I would have come here, from L.A., for instance, because the distance is so great. Hawaii is five hours; Phuket is more like 18 from LAX, with a plane change, […]

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Abu Dhabi: World’s No. 4 City?

September 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, Rome, UAE

It’s one of those stories that prompts an immediate reaction. “Are you sure you heard that right?” Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is the No. 4 city in the world, behind only New York, London and Paris, according to a survey of more than 18,000 people from 24 countries around the world, including the […]

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From 2012 to 2013

December 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Austria, Dubai, Football, Hong Kong, London Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

I find the notion of “2013” awkward. It’s the 13. Not a felicitous number. Though it does sound more like a football score than anything we have had in a while. Which is good. Moreso than 20-10 or 20-09, certainly, or even 20-07. Just looking at it, it seems as if it is a prime […]

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Sitting Out Election Day

November 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, UAE

For the first time in my life, I will not be voting in a U.S. presidential election. I am not proud of that, but here are the mitigating factors:

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New York, New York

August 11th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, UAE

I could never live in the NYC. Too intense, too crowded, for a suburban SoCal kid. But for a day or three? Yeah. NYC can be a rush. My daughter and I did a week in an afternoon today, or so it seemed.

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Air Pollution: World-Class Bad Air

June 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Beijing Olympics, Hong Kong, The National

A vanity among residents of greater Los Angeles is that they breath the world’s worst air. Not even close. It might have been true for a stretch in the 1950s and 1960s, but strict controls on automobile emissions have turned SoCal air from horrible to just bad — and that doesn’t cut it among cities […]

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‘Coach News’ from a Former Home

January 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Football, Hong Kong, Sports Journalism, The Sun, UAE

I was a history major in college before I opened the door to the offices of the student newspaper, in my fourth year of school, and that was that. Had I not gone into journalism (and it is hard to imagine I wasn’t going to end up there), I would have tried to make history […]

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A Plunge into Tennis

December 27th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Sports Journalism, The National

I have written tennis. I covered the entirety of Wimbledon in 1985 and 1986. The first year, some German kid named Boris Becker won. The second year, he won again. Tennis is fairly far down the list of sports I know best … and sports I like. But when the staffing situation at the paper […]

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The Day They Came for Him

September 9th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Baseball, Hong Kong, Journalism, Newspapers, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

The guy who laid me off 3.5 years ago had his own moment with the sharp end of the “consolidation” side of print journalism last week. That is to say, he’s out of newspapers and apparently is unemployed. Here is the typically code-riddled e-mail to the people who worked for him:

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