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Cheap Shot | For the Birds: Phil counts his fine feathered friends

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Feb 13,2008 - First the dodos went extinct, then the passenger pigeon—now every bird has died. This isn’t hyperbole or due to the Asian bird flu, but because of math. In anticipation of the 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, I bought a bird feeder...

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City Guide 2008 | Get Oriented: Free for All

How to live the good life when you have nothing left to lose.

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Feb 1,2008 - If there’s a point in your financial life when cheap still isn’t making financial sense, then welcome to my club. There is no price to join.

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Cheap Shot | Yuppie Puppie Is the Cat’s Meow

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jan 30,2008 - It happened again. Last night I thought I was having a heart attack. My left arm went numb and my chest felt heavy. A repetitive, rhythmic sound woke me up. Was my brain oxygen-starved? Was this the bitter end of my heart beating? I read a lot about...

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Cheap Shot | KRCL Rules: On the air with Dr. Fever

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jan 23,2008 - As a graduate from the School of Gianni, I knew exactly what to do when I saw his name on my caller ID: I sent the call to voice mail. A few of you might know Gianni because as “Dr. Gianni Fever” he hosts Monday Drive Time on KRCL 90.9. I...

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Cheap Shot | A Veteran’s Delight: Lunching at Mocha Delites

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jan 16,2008 - During the first Gulf War (Iraq Lite), I worked in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Navy. Like a lot of veterans, I don’t like to talk about the horrors I saw during wartime. But, today, I feel like sharing. I was embedded with the Navy’s Department...

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Cheap Shot | Crazy uncles & Moochies Meatballs

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jan 9,2008 - The moniker of “crazy uncle” isn’t an aspiration that little boys set their sights on. Growing up, there aren’t Primary songs or nursery rhymes that go, “I hope they call me Crazy Uncle when I have grown a foot or two. I...

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Cheap Shot | New Year’s Revolution: It’s not green to be fat

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jan 2,2008 - The Resolution Warriors are about to hit the gyms. These are the people who have purchased the newest in active-wear for their inactive lives and wonder, “If I don’t supersize, am I on a diet?” Resolutionary warriors come in different...

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Cheap Shot | Should auld acquaintance be forgot, go to Burt’s

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Dec 26,2007 - Penny is stoopid. So stupid, in fact, it takes the misspelling of the word to properly address how stupid she really is. There was a time when she was almost kind of smart. She lived in Salt Lake City and worked at Salt City CDs. Back then, you could...

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Cheap Shot | I’m From There: Phil finds a home at Piper Down

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Dec 12,2007 - This is a good year to be from New England. The Red Sox won the World Series and the Patriots used a page right out of the oldest East Coast playbook: One if by land, two if by sea and three if by football. Howdy, howdy, I’m from Texas. Not since...

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Cheap Shot | No Pain, No Gain

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Dec 5,2007 - I’d rather not talk about myself and my achievements. Agree, disagree or neutral? The thing I hate about taking personality tests is my fear of failure. What if I flunk? After coloring in 240 question bubbles with my No. 2 pencil, I’m afraid...
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