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Mike Gruss Archive

A name change done with malice blindsides us

Enough with the changes! Already, Hampton Roads is known for a high number of people who come and go, who flip their houses without ever taking down the "For sale" signs. People here grow impatient with anything that takes too long, like revamping Waterside or building a light-rail system or driving more than three-fourths of a mile to the closest 7-Eleven.

Sailor-turned-comedian is dying to do Letterman

"Dying to Do Letterman" is a short movie, just 75 minutes, a documentary about a comedian and former Hampton Roads resident named Steve Mazan. A touch silly. A touch cynical. A touch sappy.
And here's the short version of what happens: Mazan is 35 when he is diagnosed with cancer. In a worst-case scenario, the doctor tells him he has five years to live.

Retaining the awkwardness of adolescence

I woke up, hit snooze, and threw back the duvet.
Something felt off.
I swabbed my tongue around my mouth. Nothing.
And there it was, a feeling I hadn't had since my sophomore year in high school: regret.

Decades of toil & near misses led to his first book at 93

Norton Girault is not writing as much as he once was.
He is 93 and recovering from knee surgery. Following a physical therapy session, he has driven to Azar's, a small restaurant in Norfolk's Ghent, to meet me for what could be generously classified as a bit of marketing.
Norton Girault has just published his first book.

Virginia politics: easy fodder for comedians

"Don't get me wrong," started Amy Poehler on "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update. "Transvaginal is my favorite airline. I have so many miles on Transvaginal that they upgrade me to ladybusiness."

Losing the first draft of history?

Hany SalahEldeen should have been doing something else. But instead, he sat before two computer monitors at his apartment in Norfolk, just as he had done the day before and the day before that. On one screen, he kept an eye on television feeds capturing his native Egypt and the upheaval there. On the other, he clicked through a stream of social media: YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Space travel is just up the road, best case

Perhaps you read this week that Gov. Bob McDonnell was in Washington and said something about space and Virginia. And like me, you said, yeah-yeah-yeah, blah-blah-blah: lemme know when I can take an exit from I-264 directly to Jupiter, Neptune or Uranus.

Are we just posturing to be the greatest griever of all?

The inevitable first step in coping with a musician's death is to evaluate what the artist's music has meant in your own small, meaningless life.
Of course, last Saturday, Whitney Houston died and so:

After dip in popularity, seesaw is poised to rise again

Think about the last time you spotted a seesaw.
And because I don’t have all day to wait for your answer, let me tell you, it’s been a while. It’s been a long time since you’ve been reminded of the torture you endured on a seesaw or, as it’s more commonly known, the most dangerous weapon on the playground.

For the seesaw, it's a safe bet popularity could rebound

Think about the last time you spotted a seesaw.
And because I don't have all day to wait for your answer, let me tell you, it's been a while. It's been a long time since you've been reminded of the torture you endured on a seesaw or, as it's more commonly known, the most dangerous weapon on the playground.
Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. And jump! And boom! And cries. Major pain for the other person.

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