• Operation: Top Secret Santa. Enlisted Spies: Agent Dad & Agent Mary

    Our Christmas Secret Santa Mission: Barbie Goes Big Time

    December 20, 2016
    "It's time," my father whispered as he tiptoed into my room. It was well past my bedtime, but I was wide awake, and ready for our secret mission. "Do you have the Barbie?", I whispered back to him. "Yes, she's in the car waiting for us. C'mon. Bundle up. It's cold outside." Dressed more like the Michelin Man than agents prepared for covert operations, we crunched across the Colorado snow.
  • Inside the Orange: The 2016 Hooters Worldwide Wing Eating Championship & International Swimsuit Pageant

    July 16, 2016
    by Mary Bowers Las Vegas, Nevada –  it’s the place where fortunes are won and lost in a moment. A roll of the dice or a spin of the wheel and life can change in an instant. Grief washed over me as Michelle Lesco gently pulled me away from the table, tears rolling down my
  • Behind the Bun: Inside the 2016 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

    Eva looked happily up at me as she held her hand in mine, as we walked through mid-town Manhattan. "I have three best friends in the world and you are my bestest one", she said. The streets were calm on July 3rd, as America awaited the holiday.