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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES unleashes his inner musician   Let’s make some noise I have a confession: I’m not a very good guitar player. Now, I’m not the subtly bragging type who says that and then turns around and jams away, fishing for compliments all the while. No, I’m lucky enough to have learned a few chords and a song or two, and can limp along...

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TUCKER HOTTES has a healthy respect for the power of the river   Have fun, be safe out on the river It’s been something like 20 years since I stepped foot into a kayak. Back in the days of summer camp, I always liked to gravitate toward the activities around the lake — fishing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, etc. Clearly things haven’t changed all that...

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at the movies with WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES   Robots and monsters and more — oh boy! I’m a big fan of movies — I grew up wearing out several VCRs and spending lots of time across the street from my house in a dusty old video rental store. The place was dimly lit, and run by an old couple who didn’t seem to be able to stand each other. The place...

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Heading out to a summer concert? TUCKER HOTTES has a few tailgating tips   The art of the tailgate Well into the swing of the summer concert season, we’ve got a few more shows and festivals hitting the area before things start to cool down. I’ve got a couple shows under my belt already this season, and I’m still looking forward to a few more before...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES: Have tablet, will travel   Over the weekend, I took a trek into New York City to visit a good friend of mine for his 30th birthday. Due to the hassles of parking, and the need to accommodate my dog, I usually wind up taking a sort of odd little journey when I’m visiting New York. First, I swing to my mom’s place in North...

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TUCKER HOTTES reminds us to remember our canine pals in summer heat     Fireworks not always fun for pooches We finally passed the official entry point to summer, and boy did it come all at once. I’m suddenly reminded of summers I spent in southern Georgia, with brutal humidity and pretty much daily thunderstorms. My plants seem to be happy about...

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When his dog declares it’s time for a walk, TUCKER HOTTES listens   Stella knows best The nice weather has been fickle so far this year — we’ve had fits and starts of warmth, broken up by rain and general crappy cloudiness. I’ve learned to (mostly) stop complaining, and just enjoy it when the sun is shining. This weekend, I was able to attack my...

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WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES is suffering from serious sticker shock   The hefty price of gaming this fall Everybody get out your wallets and start stuffing as much money as you can into a big jar — it’s going to be an expensive fall. We’ve gotten information about the next generation of video game consoles in dribs and drabs over the last few months,...

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don’t bother trying to reach him. WEB MASTER TUCKER HOTTES is gaming.   Candy (Crush) addiction As many readers know, I’ve played my fair share of video games in my day. I even talk about them here more than is healthy — but I’m far from obsessed, and by comparison to some of my friends, I am in fact more of a casual gamer. But on the whole, my...

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 TUCKER HOTTES is ready for summer, even if mother nature isn’t quite on board.   Ah, the fire pit. Finally! The glimpse of some less-than-crappy weather peeking through the last week has brought with it a little hope that perhaps the cold and rain won’t last forever. I had a chance to do a real-scale grilling operation Sunday, taking advantage of the...