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May 8, 2009

The Last WORD

The Fat Lady Sings, Off-Key, Drools

At about this time every year, like the swallows to Capistrano or the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio, the WORD migrates to its summer musing grounds at the sanitarium —St. Mumbles Home for the Terminally Verbose.

The reason is clear, and never moreso than as this season —the WORD's 13th —peters out.

It's been a fraught year of high palaver and eye-popping transition, both good and not-so-much. An interminable presidential campaign saga finally did end, and in extraordinary and historic fashion. Meanwhile, the bottom and everything that's below the bottom fell out of the economy, with families, homes, entire industries and —of particular interest to WORDsters and the civic-minded —dozens of daily newspapers ("I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying--it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off." --Molly Ivins). . . all evaporating. What replaces them, from the individual to the institutional to the societal? Are we looking at a future of in-depth Tweeting?

As any newsperson or firehorse knows, it's hard to turn your back on day-to-day catastrophe --we just have to look at the car wreck. But even the most deranged and driven need a rest. As philosopher Lilly Tomlin once observed, "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up."

So this morning, as a near-frost hovered over northern Utah, the unmarked van pulled into the driveway and the gentle, soft-spoken men in the white coats rolled the WORD out of bed and into a straitjacket for the usual summer trip to St. Mumbles, where the blathering one will be assigned a hammock and fed soothing, healthy foods --like tapioca, dog biscuits and salmon --while recharging the essential muscles of cynicism, outrage, sarcasm, social engagement and high-mindedness, in preparation for the next edition.
Summer well, friends.

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A how-to guide for the ultimate supercross experience

By Zane Buxton

April 29, 2009 | It's been four long years since we've heard the familiar radio advertisements for the greatest motorcycle show on earth in Utah. This was finally the year they came back.

April 25 was the day the AMA Supercross would return to Utah for its last race before the championship was to be awarded the next week. You need to be preparing yourself for loud, edge of your seat entertainment!

This trip starts out with locating the perfect seat weeks before the event. Here is some advice on ticket selection, you don't want to be high and you don't want to be low. With that said you ask, where do I want to sit? The middle is the key for all areas of the arena, the middle of the sides and the middle from top to bottom. This will also put you in the middle of the price rance, and open up a great viewing point to see the entire track while still being able to identify each rider individually.

Moving on to the day of the race! On the ticket it will say the preliminaries start at 12:30 p.m. and the main event starts at 7 p.m. During that time they are always going to have access to the pits and that is something you don't want to miss out on. I recommend coming early to the race to be able to have time to walk all around the bikes in the pits and see what it takes to put this race together.

During the day they will always have riders on the track and open seats down low. Take a break to go in and watch them from the bottom row, like I said this isn't where you want to sit for the entire race however it is definitely worth seeing the riders up close for a bit.

Its now time for the race, the moment you have been waiting for. Kickoff starts with an introduction from usually the top 15 riders in the point's race for the championship. This is fun to watch and gives you a quick bio on the riders that you will be watching compete for the glory.

Now the main event, the top riders are going to be circling 20 laps to determine the winner. This means no bathroom breaks!! These are the top riders in the league and always offer a good close battle to the finish.

With that all said make sure you attend every local and national AMA Supercross event you can, follow them on there site AMA Supercross.


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