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Cheap Shot | Gone to the Dog

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Nov 28,2007 - I don’t know what I was thinking. Dewey is a 3-month-old puppy, and I have a cat. But, when Mike called and asked if I’d watch Dewey for five days while he took his family to Disney World, I said, “Yes.” And so began Mr. Dewey’s...

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Cheap Shot | Selling Out Is a Gift

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Nov 21,2007 - Drinking a Chimay Red at the Bayou, I said to Bryan, “If I mention too many advertisers in City Weekly’s gift guide, will it look like I’ve sold out?” “Then write about the Bayou’s Beervana selection,” he said....

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Cheap Shot | Drink. Drank. Drunk.

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Nov 14,2007 - “Phil you’re a nobody,” Brad said when I answered the phone. My brother Brad is a lawyer, so I know he could not have come to this conclusion without evidence, facts and possibly even a little ipso facto lawyer talk. “Are you one...

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Cheap Shot | Caffeine Fiend: Phil Needs Coffee. Now!

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Nov 7,2007 - Coffee is my motivation to get out of bed. Not work or money or my bladder or breakfast. When my alarm goes off, I ponder things like, do bears hibernate because they don’t drink coffee? If bats drank lattes, would they fly during the day? The turtle...

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Cheap Shot | I’d Like to Buy a Vowell

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Oct 24,2007 - The first time I heard Sarah Vowell on the public radio show This American Life, I tried to adjust the bass, the tone and the balance of my speakers to right the wrong of Sarah’s quirky sound. It was no use, and this made me happy. It was great...

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Cheap Shot | Hair today. Gone Tomorrow: Phil hits the DMV and the Dollar Shop.

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Oct 17,2007 - On the way to the Division of Motor Vehicles, I was talking to Kristen on the phone, and she asked, “What are you wearing?” “Wearing?” Asking what clothes I have on is like asking a police officer what he or she wears to work....

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Cheap Shot: Food Fore! Cheap

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Oct 10,2007 - What if it all boils down to this: Billy Joel is right. You really do get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers. People might ask, “What’s the matter with the clothes you’re wearing?” But they’d only further prove...

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Tight Bytes

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Bill Frost is on vacation. Since he’s the head honcho for The Ocho and I’m looking to cut corners—while simultaneously padding a word count as a fill-in for Frost Bytes—here’s The Quatro on how you can park, drink, watch...

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Seven Cheap Dates

Back to School ’07: Someday, your education may pay off.

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Aug 15,2007 - Every year as the back-to-school sales started, my mother would take me up and down the school-supply aisles looking for the perfect Trapper Keeper binder. Each one spoke volumes of its owner’s individualism. My friend Eugene had unicorns on his...

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Confessions of a Cabby

Cab drivers see the finer things in life.

By Phil Jacobsen
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Kestrel, 26, is a beautiful, outgoing brunette who used to wait tables. But she got tired of slinging a tray on her shoulder, so she threw in her apron for a hack license. Now, she works from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tonight, she’s my cab driver. Tomorrow,...
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