Articles by: Jason Sandford

A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

A Rose by another name: Andie MacDowell

Rose Qually is hot – her career is sizzling and the woman who goes by the big screen name Andie MacDowell nevers seems to age a day. So it’s no surprise to see Ashvegas’ most famous celeb on the cover of this month’s InStyle Home magazine. Rose has been everywhere lately. Pumping her latest movie, “Beauty Shop,” Rose made an[Read More…]

by April 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

Roaming WNC: Pottery for the people at Mud Dabber’s

There’s a great pottery tradition in Ashvegas and surrounding parts. Let me tell you about a little studio I stumbled across last weekend. I was on my way back from Sylva (see my earlier post) when I decided to stop at Mud Dabber’s. (I always thought those wasps in the clay were called “mud daubers,” but who am I?) I’d[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
More photos from Biltmore

More photos from Biltmore

Here are some more photos from Biltmore, shot last weekend when it WASN’T snowing. See my earlier post and my photo gallery for more. And a few more, just for the heck of it: Shoot – might as well make a full page of it:

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas of the past

A few things I miss about Ashvegas – Bill Stanley’s Bluegrass and Barbecue; Gatsby’s; Sunny Sparachino’s; 45 Cherry; Dinner for the Earth on Broadway (now Earthfare); a club called Captain Jack’s Pooh-Pooh Parlor, or something similar.

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter

Blackberry winter – that’s what the mountain folks around Ashvegas call this cold snap we’re having. But I’ve lived most of my life in WNC, and I don’t recall any actual snow associated with Blackberry winter. And I don’t ever remember it snowing this late in April. Not that we got a lot of snow – just a light dusting[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Rashad comes to town

Rashad comes to town

Basketball and Bible-thumpin’ don’t really mix for me. That’s why I’m glad I didn’t go to see today’s exhibition game between ACC stars and a team put together by a local ministry group. I drove by Ashvegas High after hearing that Rashad was planning to show up and shoot some hoops against a bunch of scrubs and some fellow ACC[Read More…]

by April 24, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Ashvegas A-listers

Blog bits: Ashvegas A-listers

More blog bits for ya. I watch the celebs so you don’t have to: From the ATL to the AVL Cee-Lo Green brought his act to Ashvegas earlier in the week, and I wish I had stayed on top of things because if I’d known he was going to be in town, I would have shagged my sorry ass down[Read More…]

by April 23, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Sylva: On growlers and Greening Up the Mountains

I visited Sylva last weekend. Let me tell you about Sylva. Like most of the small towns across WNC, they’ve got a lot going on. I never had much cause to just up and go to Sylva, but now I think I do. There’s a renaissance on. There’s a pizza shop and a bakery and a brewery and an outdoor[Read More…]

by April 20, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Biltmore’s flower festival

Biltmore’s flower festival

George’s houseMe and my boo went to check out Biltmore’s flower festival. What a day! It was absolutely beautiful and we had a great time being tourists in our own Ashvegas. I won’t bore you with too many details. Y’all are as familiar as I am with the big house and gardens. It sure is hard to beat on a[Read More…]

by April 19, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Weasel words and mollycoddles

Blog bits: Weasel words and mollycoddles

A few assorted items: The new pope We have a pope. Ratzinger from Germany. Pope Benedict the 16th. The bells have been ringing, the white smoke pouring out of the chimney. I know you’ve been on the edge of your seat about this… Mum not mayor Ashvegas City Councilman Carl Mumpower, or the Power of Mum as I call him,[Read More…]

by April 19, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Britney: 60 million in record sales can’t be wrong

Britney is a cultural barometer. That’s why her pregnancy is news in this celebrity-obsessed culture. I said it in my early post (see link below). I can’t say it better than the Washington Post did today: It’s all about life passages, says Ken Baker, West Coast editor of US Weekly. In olden days, in the tabs (say, the 1990s), there[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 1 comment Asheville News
Eric’s manifesto: Part II

Eric’s manifesto: Part II

The Hunt Washington was lucky that day in Birmingham, they had a witness who happened into a fortuitous position, and my truck was identified. I knew something was amiss based upon the early reports coming out of Birmingham so I prepared to make a move as i debated within myself whether or not to run or fight them in court.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Eric’s manifesto

Eric’s manifesto

In my earlier post Eric Ruolph post (see link below), I said all our questions about him and his motivations would probably never be answered. His guilty pleas today assure this. There will be no long, drawn out trials. No studied defense. We’ll have to glean what we can from some soft Diane Sawyer interview (if she gets it) and[Read More…]

by April 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Britney is preggers

Britney is preggers

  Britney is knocked up. We all saw the magazine pictures.  It was only a matter of time before she admitted it. Now she has. Now she has I guess the question now will be – will Brit make a good mom? She parties in Vegas. She smokes. She dances with snakes. Her image is so sexed up that people[Read More…]

by April 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
The royal wedding: Ken and Barbie

The royal wedding: Ken and Barbie

Breaking news:  The local TV station’s version of Ken and Barbie, are now married. We know this because the local TV station actually aired tape of said nuptials on two (count ’em, two) newscasts. Candace Little and Scott Wickersham will now likely breed. This is a scary thought. Candace is a former Miss Georgia who, according to the Georgia state House of[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Mighty Tar Heels

Mighty Tar Heels

I’ve been conspicuously absent lately in writing about the Tar Heels. I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything during the NCAAs for fear of jinxing them. Now that it’s over, and the mighty Tar Heels have won their fourth National Championship, hear me roar. There’s no doubt that it takes a little luck to string together six big wins[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Whoring my way down the information superhighway

I am selling my first item on e-bay. The Beer Guy says it’s “the devil’s work.” But I can’t help it – the lure of easy money, the thrill of the chase, the rush when the transaction is made, the exhausted, satisfied feeling once the deal is done. I’m a whore on the information superhighway. So far, I’m surviving. I’ve[Read More…]

by April 12, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Back in the saddle: the pope, punking out and pulling a tube

Ok, ok. I know I’ve been gone a week or so. So sue me. They pulled the tube on Terry. The pope petered out. And Rudolph got rooked into pleading guilty. I’ve been busy. But I’m back. So here goes. The Schiavo situation was a travesty.  The government got involved, she was starved to death and died a tabloid death.[Read More…]

by April 9, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Panties and poker

Our local TV news had a story tonight about Maggie Valley’s porn star opening up a panty shop in town, and the “outrage” it was creating. The outrage was supplied by one overweight redneck who said “We don’t need that kind of stuff here in Maggie Valley. That’s not what we’re about.” The porn star’s name, by the way, is[Read More…]

by March 29, 2005 9 comments Asheville News

Fairview man arrested for Schiavo bounty plot

There’s big breaking news in Ashvegas – police have arrested a Fairview man for placing a $250,000 bounty on the head of Michael Schiavo and a $50,000 bounty on the head of one of the judges who ruled in the case. The Citizen-Times has the story here. From the press release, it sounds like the threat was made in an[Read More…]

by March 26, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

This guy wannabe sheriff

Responding to my earlier post speculating about who might be the next the High Sheriff of Buncombe County (click Ashvegas politics link at bottom to read it), apparently this guy wants to be sheriff. J.B. Howard is a Dem, former Highway Patrolman and a private investigator. For a quick recap: it’s an open secret that the High Sheriff’s health is[Read More…]

by March 25, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
From Aspen to Ashvegas

From Aspen to Ashvegas

God bless Hunter S. Thompson. This sounds an awful like lot like some of the Ashvegas hippie literati. Every place you see the word “Aspen,” think Ashvegas: TENTATIVE PLATFORM Thompson for Sheriff Aspen, Colorado, 1970 1) Sod the streets at once. Rip up all the streets with jack hammers and use the junk asphalt (after melting) to create a huge[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Johnny and Jesus in the clouds

Johnny and Jesus in the clouds

The Beer Guy told this story the other night at the Westville: Well, I’ve seen Johnny Cash in concert. Let me tell you my Johnny Cash story. Johnny was playing a concert in Bristol, Tennessee. I think it was1978 or ’79 or something like that. They’d set this concert up as a fundraiser for a country music museum they wanted[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Far from normal

As you can see from below, I am only barely half normal. Which I think is good. Clink on the link to see how normal you are. You Are 55% Normal (Somewhat Normal) While some of your behavior is quite normal… Other things you do are downright strange You’ve got a little of your freak going on But you mostly[Read More…]

by March 22, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
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