Josh Ruffin

Josh Ruffin


They’re Rich!

They’re Rich!

Hey everybody. Did you know that, for the first time in United States history, half the members of our Congress are millionaires? Yeah, I didn’t either; thanks, Twitter. Yep. According to reports recently filed by both opensecrets.com and — lest you think I’m resting the entirety of my evidence on the merits of a website […]

Stupid Polar Vortex

Stupid Polar Vortex

It is nighttime in Middleton, Wisconsin, and the current temperature is -11 F, the coldest it has been or will be all winter, and the coldest it’s been here for the past five winters. Outside the sliding door to our balcony — the only window, though a substantial one, in our apartment — snowfall from […]

Home and Family

Home and Family

It’s 1:22 p.m. on the Friday this column is due. I’m sitting at my parents’ dining room table, where I’m visiting them at their home in Fitzgerald, Georgia. I hesitate to say “my home,” “our home,” or even just “home” when I describe this place, because I never really lived here. The last house I […]

Christmas Through the Movie Lens

Christmas Through the Movie Lens

When I still lived with my family in Georgia, we had a tradition of watching one Christmas-themed movie a night in the week leading up to the 25th. Over time, the general selection has changed — “Elf” replaced “The Polar Express” because if we wanted to see Tom Hanks serving hot chocolate to dead-eyed children, […]

What’s the Point if No One Will Listen?

What’s the Point if No One Will Listen?

For those of you who bother to read this column every week — whatever your motivations, I thank you; those checks at least pay an electric bill each month — it’s almost too easy to predict what I would write about this time. And frankly, I’m okay with that; the shooting that occurred this past […]

While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

While success ruin the new world’s best brewery?

Earlier this year, Hill Farmstead Brewery usurped Three Floyds as the general-consensus “World’s Best Brewery,” at least in terms of crowd-sourced opinion (such things are, obviously, every-fluctuating and nigh-on impossible to quantify). Now, this is impressive enough on its own merits. Three Floyds is a veritable behemoth in the craft beer community — not quite […]

A really good book

A really good book

I’ll admit, there are more pressing issues to write about this week: Wal-Mart having the star-collapsingly giant balls to hold a food drive for its employees instead of paying them a decent wage (a Walmart executive: “Most of our employees are on food stamps”), McDonald’s official employee financial guide suggesting that workers sell their belongings […]

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Back Pew Hero Worship: A Passing of the Torch

Usually, when I write about combat sports, most of this column is concerned with unpacking various tidbits, ripple effects and societal implications writ large by a fight’s outcome. This “slice n’ dice, followed by cross-section examination” method has worked — admittedly, to varying degrees — for so long because most of the fights I write […]

Practice Makes Perfect, Especially When It Comes to Beer

Practice Makes Perfect, Especially When It Comes to Beer

I don’t talk about my day job much in this space. When I do, I typically mention it in a self-deprecating way — frankly, black humor is how most service industry workers keep themselves from killing customers and each other — or as a stray offhand remark. At this point, however, my work bears a […]