Welcome to Dave's Presidential Library.
If you didn't read the personal files,
you may not know that I'm a professional hack. Uh, writer.
Over the years, I've written about everything from Jamaican coffee
to Texas beers, from bass fishing to whale watching. Currently,
I have a few gigs I'm fairly proud of.
- I'm a Senior Editor at Boating
- I'm a Field Editor and the resident astronomy columnist
at Camping Life magazine.
- I'm a contributor to the Real
Beer Page .
Granted, I'm not Hemingway, but I'm working on it. And I
can prove it. In 1998, I won my first Boating Writers International
(BWI) Writing Award. In '99, I took home three BWI Writing Awards,
more than anyone else in the bidness. You don't have take my word
for it, though. You can read my collected works and decide for
yourself if I should start polishing my Pulitzer acceptance speech
or start dropping off resumes at McDonalds.
Something to take note of is the fact that these are the
unedited versions of these articles. This means you're getting
the uncut funk, like it or not, and you can see what my stuff
looks like before the editors get their hands on it.
I've tried to organize this so that it makes some kind of sense. If you
have any trouble getting around, email
me. If you think I'm good enough to hire - and believe me, as a freelancer
I'm always looking for more work - then by all means, email
- The North Star. My ramblings about
the best-known star in the night sky.
- The Northern Lights. If you've
ever seen the Aurora, you know how incredible it is. If you haven't seen it,
you don't know what you're missing.
- Egg Balancing Day. It's one of
the great mysteries of life - can you really balance an egg on end on the
soltice? I did.
- The Marfa Lights. Just outside the
town of Marfa, in West Texas, these strange lights have been freaking people
out for hundreds, maybe thousands of years.
- Moon Madness. Consider... THE MOON.
- Black Hole Sun. If you've never
seen a total solar eclipse, you can't really begin to understand the power
of the event.
- Lone Star Gazing. This is my column from the sadly defunct
Southern Draft Brew News Southwest, where I can wax prolific
on everything that involves beer and Texas. September
1998. - November 1998. - January 1999.
- The Bitter End. A review
of my favorite brewpub in Austin.
- Live Oak Brewing. Brewing
up with the guys at Austin's own downtown brewery.
- The Texas Brewers Festival.
Unlike most festivals, the TBF is a series of five events that
take place in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio,
with different breweries and brewpubs at each event.
- University Brewing.
This was Texas' first Brew-On-Premise, but I think the brewpub's
own brews are the best reason to visit.
- Stalking the Beer Hunter - Part
One and Part Two. In
1997, I interviewed the one and only Michael Jackson, and I'm
proud to share the whole, unedited, two-part thing with you.
- For the Love of Lager.
A tongue-deeply-in-cheek appreciation of the most maligned brews
on earth - American Lagers.
- Brew it Yourself. This
here's a little homebrewing primer I wrote a couple of years
Boats and Boating.
- Fishin' With Denny Brauer.
If you don't do much bass fishing, you may not have heard of
Denny Brauer. For your edification, Denny's one of the all-time
great bass fishermen, and the first one ever - in 1997 - to take
home over One Million Dollars in winnings. In a single season.
So in 1998, I interviewed him. This won me the first of three
Boating Writers International (BWI) Writing Awards in 1999.
- Watercraft War - The PWC Controversy.
I like to stir things up, and there's NOTHING that stirs up boaters
like the mention of personal watercraft (PWC). What's more, this
scored my second 1999 BWI Writing Award.
- The Two-Stroke Controversy.
One of the hottest topics in boating is the issue of pollution
emitted from two-stroke engines, which also happen to be the
most popular marine engines. I try to get to the truth of the
issue. In case you're insterested, this won me that third 1999
BWI Writing Award.
- The Springfield Shooting.
In May, 1998, Kip Kinkel opened fire in the cafeteria of the
high school he attended in Springfield, Oregon. This is the story
of the paramedics who had to answer the emergency calls.
- Mike Hackett's Story.
Mike Hackett was the first paramedic on the scene of the Springfield
shooting, and he granted me his first interview following the
- The Bandit. This is one
of the best new courses in Texas, down in New Braunfels, and
one day I'm going to shoot a decent score there.
- Coffee Heaven. A
trip to the home of the world's best coffee - Jamaica's Blue
If you want more, check back in a month or two. Maybe I'll get around to
putting some new stuff up.
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