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A dog’s life in ‘freestyle’

A dog’s life in ‘freestyle’

I promised you a story about dog dancing, so I’m here to deliver. Last weekend, a group calling itself the World Canine Freestyle Organization came to town for a weekend of workshops in dog training and dancing. The pooch prancing is what gets everybody’s attention. The competition was actually held Friday. I think about 100 spectators showed up for the[Read More…]

by May 17, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

News annoyances

Yes, it’s still sweeps. So here we go… Bulldog’s Top Ten TV News Annoyances: 10. Cliches “Focus in.” As opposed to, what, focus out? “Now we turn to.” Good Morning America does more “turning” than a carousel. “Speak out.” (See “Focus in” above.) 9. Weather Teaser “Old Man Winter dumped 10 inches of snow on us today. What’s the forecast[Read More…]

by May 16, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
A Drive-By music review

A Drive-By music review

This from Ashvegas music correspondent MicFly: Truck Stop: Patterson Hood in Town When guitarists for rave-up rock bands do one-off solo shows, it’s often time break out the acoustic guitar and visit the softer side of life. Drive-By Trucker Pattersoon Hood brought an acoustic with him to Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. on Friday night, but still couldnt let go[Read More…]

by May 16, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Ted Turner in Ashvegas?

Blog bits: Ted Turner in Ashvegas?

Turner turning heads Got a reliable report over the weekend that Ted Turner was spotted at UNC Ashvegas graduation on Saturday. One fan asked for a picture with the cable news mogul and was sternly told “No.” I don’t know his family connections, so I have no idea if he was there to see someone walk the stage or just[Read More…]

by May 16, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Remembering Alvy

Remembering Alvy

I walked by Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas yesterday and snapped a few shots of this impromptu memorial to Alvy Alvarez, the shopworker-turned-owner and manager who sadly took his own life last week. His death shocked Ashvegas. People are stil stunned. I want to thank JJ for commenting on an earlier post. I didn’t mean to insinuate that a[Read More…]

by May 16, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Tankini time in Ashvegas

Tankini time in Ashvegas

OK, I’m admitting up front that I’m using this post shamelessly to put up a few pics of beautiful women in bikinis. But this is an Ashvegas business, so I’m legit in commenting. (That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it.) Let me start by saying that I admire any person, any entrepeneur, who’s willing to put themselves, and their[Read More…]

by May 15, 2005 3 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas political update

Ashvegas political update

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s race Looks the High Sheriff’s staying put, after all. I wrote earlier (click “Ashvegas politics” link at bottom of post) about talk that the Buncombe County Sheriff was going to step down because of ailing health, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Here’s why: Nobody could get behind the new guy the sheriff wanted,[Read More…]

by May 15, 2005 1 comment Asheville News

Chappelle shows up just in Time

Looks like Dave Chappelle has crawled out from under the rock he was hiding under. Drudgereport has the blurb, saying that Time magazine will have the story. See my earlier post on Dave. Please follow and like us:

by May 15, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Where to begin: Dogs, fair trade, grumpy vaginas

Where to begin: Dogs, fair trade, grumpy vaginas

There’s so much going on today, I don’t know where to begin. The dog dancers are still going strong today over at the Sunspree. There’s a World Fair Trade Day event in downtown Ashvegas, where you’re guaranteed to get a snoot-full of hippie. Then there’s the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain and a book reading by Susan “grumpy[Read More…]

by May 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
It’s the Fourth of July in my backyard

It’s the Fourth of July in my backyard

It looked like the Fourth of July in my backyard because my rose, called the Fourth of July, broke out in glorious bloom for the first time this spring. It’s been a struggle in Ashvegas and the surrounding mountains because a late cold snap really fried the tender buds on trees and flowers. The late freeze killed my ancient, giant[Read More…]

by May 14, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas base closure?

Ashvegas base closure?

Who knew we had a “military base” right smack in the middle of Ashvegas? Actually, I did. I’ve been to the Naval Reserve Center off Merrimon Avenue, behind the post office. But you can’t really call it a base. I think all of about six or seven people actually work there. While the reserve center is small, it has been[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
WLOS: Friday night dailies

WLOS: Friday night dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… “Punnyman” John Le interviews the mammy at the Thomas Wolfe house “living history weekend.” Swear to God, she promised to cook up some taters and a pie and “a ham if you gonna stay awhile,” all in her best mammy voice. Le played right along, cracking some dumber-than-dumb joke. I half expected him to respond:[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Never-ending TV nuptials

Never-ending TV nuptials

There seems to be no end to the number of WLOS-TV personality weddings this year. Scott Wickersham and Candace Little tied the knot earlier this year. Cherub Charu will make it official with a big Indian wedding (I hope this isn’t one of those pre-arranged deals). And now we learn that Julie “Life’s a Wonder” Wunder is going to the[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
WLOS: The dailies

WLOS: The dailies

You know it’s sweeps when… Every story’s about a freakin’ sex offender. “Sex offender moves to Buncombe County.” “Sex offender banned from park.” “Sheriff knocks on door of sex offender.” And it’s not just WLOS. Seems like everybody’s doin it. Give it a rest, people. Puh-lease. You also know it’s sweeps when Sheraldo is hot on the trail dumb teachers[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Restaurant reviews; mmm, mmm good

If you want some fun reading, check out the restaurant reviews in this Haywood County newspaper. They’re straightforward and tell you more than you ever wanted to know about your local steakhouse, deli or burger joint. Some of the choice bits from the sanitation inspector: O’Malley’s On Main , 172 N Main St., Waynesville. Inspection: March 30. Grade: 92.5. Comments:[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas saddened by loss of Gold Hill’s Alvarez

Ashvegas is still reeling from the death of Alvy Alvarez, the sociable dude behind the counter at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas on Haywood Street. Word spread through downtown today, with friends and loved ones coming by to pay their respects at the coffee shop, named a top 10 coffee shop by a USA Today writer. The coffee was[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 2 comments Asheville News

Ashvegas, site of world dog dancing championships

Ashevegas is going to be the site of some kind of “world championships” for dog dancing. I think I saw a story about this once a year or so ago, and it looked pretty freaky to me. Here’s the official web site. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Sunspree, starting tomorrow. I’ll definitely be there to check[Read More…]

by May 13, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

Blog bits: Bears, e-mails and emus

More news from weird WNC: E-mail me I need tips, news, comments, criticism. Post on this site or send to sweetashvegas@hotmail.com. Where’s the body? This is an interesting debate. William Nidiffer has been dead for four months. Dead from a shotgun wound to the chest, his body was found Jan. 8 in the area known as Ephrum Gap, near Unaka[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

More on Waynesville’s pulpit politics

The controversy over Pastor Chan Chandler’s preaching at East Waynesville Baptist Church pretty much ended earlier this week with his resignation. But there’s still plenty of reaction out there. Check out Scott McLeod’s thoughtful opinion piece in the Smoky Mountain News, Waynesville’s alternative weekly. The publication also offers a little more nuance in its series of stories that you’ll find on[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 2 comments Asheville News
Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Hi Steve

Steve, the photographer in Mexico, who I mentioned in an earlier post (remember – you can click on the link at the bottom of a post to read a thread – in this case, Ted’s Excellent Adventure), sent me a note today. Here’s a taste: I’ve retired a bit early at 51 years when I moved down here over two[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Top 25 reasons to visit Ashvegas

Here’s the link to the cover story of Froemmer’s Budget Traveler magazine, which I mentioned in an earlier post. Here are a couple of my favorites: The banned-book list at Malaprop’s: In addition to titles of gay, lesbian, and transgender interest—and separate sections for graphic novels and local writers and poets—this very independent bookstore has several shelves of books currently banned[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

Grief at Gold Hill

The outpouring of grief continues at Gold Hill Espresso and Fine Teas, following the death of Alvy Alvarez. See the latest story here at the Citizen-Times’ Web site. Flowers, cards and notes are stacking up outside the front door. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an impromptu candlelight memorial this evening. Please follow and like us:

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News
UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

UNC Ashvegas gets a new chancellor

The local newspaper has the story here. Turns out that it’s Anne Ponder, an Asheville native who has been at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. As we know here in the mountains, there are two clans of Ponders – the teachin’ Ponders and the preachin’ Ponders. Guess she’s one of the teachin’ kind. Here’s her bio. From everything I’ve heard, people[Read More…]

by May 12, 2005 0 comments Asheville News

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