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Need a house?

I came across a bizarre story in MSN Real Estate about a 72,000 square-foot house being built in Missouri. Yes, it could be the one of the largest new houses in the country, but the story is intriguing because no one is exactly sure who’s going to live there. The home under construction between Ozark and Branson, just off U.S. 65. Even more interesting is that zoning requirements in the...

6th time’s a charm

I failed again. Sigh. P90X is one strange mess. I figured if I couldn’t begin the workout program and finish 90 days by over-planning, being creative, tricking myself, penalizing myself and so on, I might as well just stick with everyone else and make ‘working out’ a New Year’s resolution in 2011. So I started P90X for the 6th time. Nice follow-through, huh. Sheesh! It was...

Christmas!

It’s funny to think it’s even Christmas morning. Living in downtown Orlando gives me very little sense that Christmas is even here. I’ve haven’t noticed any Christmas lights up or decorations (but it’s mostly tall buildings – so there are no trees, big yards or enough space to spread out a Nativity Scene). So I guess this year it sneaked up on me. I spent my...

Welcome home, grab a shovel

Made it. What a journey. I really want to pressure wash myself of airports, cheap hotels, long lines, Delta cookies (but they’re still so damn good) and the various knots in my left shoulder blade. I arrived home about noon today to a driveway that was BURIED. My parents were stuck at my brother’s house and were nice enough to pick me up at the airport when I finally arrived from...

Vacation Day 1: Epic Fail

Have you ever been to Grand Forks, North Dakota? Neither have I. That is, until today. What started as an exuberant morning to kick off the first day of my holiday vacation – only ended cold, alone and in the beautiful prison of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ah, it’s not that bad. It’s a town known for a few things: floods, drinking and hockey. Damn good hockey team. My tale of woe...

Off to the Great, White ______.

Ah, the possibilities of filling in the blank. Disaster? Wonderland? Trainwreck? White-out? I’m about to embark on a cross-country adventure back home to see my family in the small town of Scandia, Minnesota. The problem is, a massive storm is a-brewin’ and we’re going to meet face to face when I get there. According the Startribune.com, here are some highlights from...

Where’s my jacket?

It’s getting cold. Should be in the 30s tonight. I’m freezing. What a baby I’ve turned into. In Minnesota it’s supposed to dip to single digits. Then drop even colder. It’s amazing what a few years in the desert, then a few months in tropical temperatures can do to your body. Anything below 65 starts to feel cold. And the 30s? Forgettabout it. I had to scrounge...

How to follow a new team (I think?)

I’m from Minnesota and one thing is for certain, I will always love Minnesota sports teams despite how terrible they are. The Twins (Baseball) and the Vikings (Football) are my favorites, followed by the Wild (Hockey), then Gophers (Football/Basketball), then the Timberwolves (Basketball). I am not a fan of the NBA. And the last time I was a true fan of the Timberwolves was back when Pooh...

Video production flashback

I lived in Tucson, Arizona nearly five years. The Johnjay and Rich radio show is a popular program in those parts. My good buddy Ben Aaron (now on the air at NBC in NYC) used to be my roommate and had a mutual interest in all-things TV. Johnjay approached us to create a promo video for the show. We had a pile of VHS tapes, a mini-DV camera, a Mac with Final Cut Pro…and my Chewbacca costume...

What do you do when your football team is not good?

I could think of a lot of things. But I don’t know how to fix it. It’s a mess. But three hours on a Sunday you wait for all week – only to lose OVER and OVER and OVER. My beloved Vikings blew it again this week against the Chicago Bears. They pretty much look as bad as a team can get. Injuries, off-the-field drama, a confused coach, low morale, laziness and just disgust pretty...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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