Crowder, Chuck, Columnist en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Big Man, Big Laughs Born in Chattanooga, Ralphie cites Bea’s Restaurant on Dodds Avenue as one of his favorite childhood memories, and favorite haunts when visiting the Noog.

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Rat Farm: ‘Real Blown-Up Folk Music’ “We wanted this album to be rustic, folk sounding, much like the material from our Out My Way/Huevos era,” Kirkwood said during a recent phone interview. “We wanted to become self-absorbed in the music without having to think about it too much.

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Last Words It’s with a very heavy heart, and dried up pen, that I announce this will be the last column I file with The Pulse. I hate to admit it, but after 5-? years, it’s time for the paper to print something other than my inane observations and pet peeves...

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Not a Fan Personally, I’ve never used that phrase verbatim, although readers of this column can attest that there are many, many things that I’m not a big fan of. And, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to list several more.

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More Gluten, Please! I couldn’t help but think at the time that up until a couple of years ago I had no idea what the hell gluten was, and I doubt many of you did either. However, suddenly there’s a growing number of people dead set on keeping gluten away from their gut.

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Healthy? Pay Up Is it me or does this seem unfair? If I’m watching my diet, exercising and not running to the doctor every time I have a sniffle shouldn’t I be rewarded with reduced premiums? My car insurance company thinks so.

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Street Talk Being a savvy native, I know the hidden spots around town where one can park for free for just about any event or occasion. But even I‘m floored by the stretches of prime street locations unavailable for parking at all.

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Head Games Back in the day, the only way you could deliver the sounds coming out of your stereo into your ears and not everyone else’s was to utilize a gigantic headphone device the likes of which could also be found in the cockpit of a 747.

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Eww, That Smell Bands have a place in time. The smart ones know when enough is enough, but the allure of nostalgia never dies. There’s too much money (and ego) involved. Death can’t compete with Riverbend’s thirst for classic bands and the crowds they draw.

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Don’t Ring My Bell The other night I heard a noise as unfamiliar to me as a cheetah’s mating call. At first I thought it was something on the TV that was keeping my lazy, couch-potato ass occupied.

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Scoop the Poop For the last several days I have been stepping over a pile of dog crap that’s nestled in the little strip of grass between the sidewalk in front of my Southside home and the curb where my car is usually parked.

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Back in Time So much has changed around here in the last 10 years, but there has been one constant—The Pulse. It’s covered all of the Noog’s milestones along the way, and has been a significant part of the reason our city is such a cool place to live.

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Cooper’s Union Even though my presence in The Pulse offices is as uncommon as free donuts, I feel like someone’s missing over there. I know those few who do hold down a desk are saddened by his darkened office. And they should be.

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East Ridge Ruffled I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but there has been a lot of feather ruffling lately in the government of one of our neighboring municipalities, East Ridge.

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Stones Cold Cash I’m sorry, but I feel like the Stones owe us for making them so wealthy that each member’s entire future family lineage will be rich beyond their wildest dreams, even if they never even met great-great granddaddy Keith. And I think I’m not alone.

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Giving, Until It Hurts The holiday shopping season is definitely in full swing. With that comes an outlay of income that may or may not be disposable for some. Seems that nowadays—given the option—no one (at least in my peer group) expects a gift.

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McDelight? Well, it’s been all over the news in the form of new McDonald’s television spots—the McRib sandwich is BACK! Where it went I’ll never know, but now it has returned from its journey (but only for a limited time).

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What Price Memories? I’ve grabbed up bits of memorabilia over the years from failed establishments that meant something to me. I remember sitting across the street from the old Scrappy’s bar near UTC when the wrecking ball leveled it just to run over and grab a brick.

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Train Song, Be Gone I recently attended a fundraising event for a local performing arts organization. This fancy dinner and short performance was themed “All Aboard” or something rail-transit related, which should have clued me in on what I was getting into. Sure enough, when the performance part of the program began, the song that makes everyone in the Noog cringe came over the PA: “Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?”

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Five Years of the Noog Infamously, there was that one column that nearly propelled The Pulse into a lawsuit. That’s why you’ll notice I never mention proper names of those who aren’t in the public eye.

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