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What once was lost

One minute she had the keys in her hand, using the fob’s button to pop the lock on her car parked in the drive. The next minute the keys were gone. Way gone. She tore the house apart and put it back together looking for the damn things, to no avail.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  02-27-2013  |  Commentary

Going up against a pro

Last week, an old friend of mine traveled from his home in New York City to Chicago for the purpose of eating jelly doughnuts.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  02-20-2013  |  Commentary

Screech No More

Dustin Diamond says that when he finally bid farewell to the “Saved by the Bell” franchise in 2000, they didn’t let him keep any of the clothes. And even if they did he wouldn’t have wanted them.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  02-13-2013  |  Commentary

Walking tour about the food, history

Ronnie’s Country Store on the corner on the corner of Cherry and 6th streets in downtown Winston-Salem is closed on this Saturday afternoon, the green-carpeted, sidewalk risers picked clean of produce that morning, the last of the infamous country ham doled out for the day.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  02-13-2013  |  Food+Drink

How to ‘redneckognize’ a rip-off

Television historians will look back on summer 2012 as a watershed, the moment when the game had changed for good.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  02-07-2013  |  Commentary

Home for Christmas

They call it Murphy’s now, the kind of neighborhood Irish watering hole as common to this part of Long Island as discount clothing stores and vanity license plates.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  12-26-2012  |  Commentary

NOLA chef makes movie-house fare

The last time I ate at one of Chef Adolfo Garcia’s restaurants, my server was a large fellow with broad shoulders, a husky voice and an enormous pair of tits.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  11-19-2012  |  Commentary

Sandy and Katrina

Electricity bled back into my parents’ neighborhood on Long Island on Friday. My uncle and his family down on the Jersey Shore came back online later this weekend.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  11-19-2012  |  Commentary

Little Monsters

If you’re wondering how Frankenstein managed to sire a daughter, let alone one who has inherited his neck bolts and surgical scars, you are missing the point.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  11-19-2012  |  Commentary

Simon Saysnew

I cannot believe my good fortune when, at the Guilford County GOP headquarters, Eddie Simon slides into the seat next to me carrying what appears to be a genuine, honest-to-goodness three-ring binder.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  10-24-2012  |  Commentary

Climbing the Mountain

Summer is a fading memory, winter a certain promise.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  10-17-2012  |  Commentary

Service with a grimace

John Isner’s serve is a study in leverage, trajectory physics and efficiency of movement. He bounces the ball between his gangly legs, taps it with his racket and neatly catches it off the ground in his left hand. He gives it a light, fingertip toss and it hovers there for a split second at the apogee, 11, maybe even 12 feet off the surface of the hardcourt. He shifts his weight to his front leg as his body leans into the stroke, and he gives a little jump just before the moment of impact, stretching his 6-foot-9 frame to its limits.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  08-30-2012  |  Commentary

Locked Up

You meet all kinds in jail.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  08-22-2012  |  Commentary

High Point for Romney and Ryan

The kids are hating it. Just two days into the campaign, which began in earnest the day before when Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket, Ryan’s kids and Romney’s grandkids — all at around 10 years old, all on stage behind the candidates — have the same dazed look that every kid gets after surviving a prolonged road trip.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  08-15-2012  |  Commentary

Crossing the river

The Mississippi River, the largest on our continent and the fourth longest in the world, makes a spectacular bend around the city of New Orleans, effectively turning the city into a peninsula and giving geographical basis to the nickname Crescent City.
YES! Weekly  |  Brian Clarey  |  08-02-2012  |  Commentary

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