Hot Air: Paddle Twaddle

Okay, a quick one before I have to get back to work on the book.

Tune in this afternoon at five for the WFHB Daily Local News. It’s Big Talk Thursday, and my guest this week is Michael Waterford, writer, explorer, and adventure entrepreneur. He’s a Bloomington native who’s temporarily cooling his heels in Portland, Oregon, these days prior to setting off sometime in June for a solo canoe trip down the length of the Mississippi River.

Waterford hopes to beat the standing record for the trek — 42 days. He’s paddled the Mississippi once before, back in 2013, an exploit he calls the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life. Me? I’d cop a ticket for a sleeper on the City of New Orleans. Waterford, though, is made of sturdier, stronger, and more ambitiously deranged stuff.

The feature will air at 5:15 and if you miss it, don’t worry ’cause I’ll post a link to the podcast tomorrow AM. And keep an eye out for my print profile of him coming up in the Limestone Post, part of my “Big Mike’s B-town” series, sometime in June, ‘kay?


Peace out, babies, and wish me luck in finishing this book that I’ve been working on for going on three goddamned years now. Sheesh.

Nose Pollution

BTW: Speaking of canoes, remember this stuff?

When I was 14, my friends and I thought this was real manly, sexy stuff. This and English Leather, Old Spice, Brut, and Hai Karate. Thank the god I don’t believe in we haven’t turned the reins of this crazy, mixed up world over to fourteen-year-olds. Yet.

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One more thing: Hey, don’t make fun of me for thinking Canoe et al were hot stuff. Loads o’dames back then thought this look was alluring:


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