Dennis Hinkamp

Dennis Hinkamp grew up in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia BS, MS Journalism before moving to Utah in 1980. He has been writing his column "Slightly Off Center" for 22 years. For his “day job,” he is a multimedia specialist at Utah State University in Logan.

A former standup comedian, Dennis won the Utah Laugh Off in 1989. After about 10 years of shows every weekend in some seedy bar or club, he gave up on that career. His other phases include Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, triathlons, home remodeling and Burning Man.


Articles

Enjoy, Memoir, Think

Meat your maker

Most days I do want to save most of the planet and most of the people residing on said orb, but there are so many choices. I’ve already made the biggest contribution to the planet’ …

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Think

Countdown

It is an old but pertinent joke. Why is there is a highway to hell, but a stairway to heaven? That should tell you something about music, life, the afterlife and the state of humor …

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Memoir, Think

Thoughts while walking the dog

If this is such a great economy, why do we see so many young women who can’t afford pants without holes ripped in them? The young men seem to be able to afford belts now; I don’t s …

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Think

Walking the walk

For most of my first six decades on this planet I routinely dismissed walking as some lesser form of exercise. I belittled even “jogging” because it seemed too recreational and sil …

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Memoir

Love it & live it

The yuks come easy when someone says, “I’m going to X-place” and you say, “Oh I’m sorry.” Or you can always refer to your birth city as “A nice place to be from.” Completing the ru …

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Culture, Fitness

What’s a sport?

I  see a lot of CrossFit people flipping tires end over end across fields and gym floors in Cache Valley where I live. They might be strong, but don’t they know that it is easier t …

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Nostalgia in a time of mindfulness

Nostalgia is a long soothing warm pool with a deep end full of non-vegan sharks. In fact, I think the sharks are paleo/keto and there is no lifeguard on duty. I feel the siren call …

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Social Justice

YOLO FOMO

It’s forbidden-fruit-Genesis-level tempting to write about politics because that is where all the easy jokes are. On the other hand there isn’t much room for new satire because eve …

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Outdoor

Border madness

Not to sound too utopian, but borders only exist on maps. They are conceptual art at its best. You can’t fly over the land and see outlines of the countries and states we were requ …

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Think

Editing is the key to happiness

Tidy is such a passive word. You can’t ruthlessly tidy but you can ruthlessly edit. Tidy is the new word that goes with the Marie Kondo cult. There is nothing wrong with her philos …

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Memior

Dressing our flaws in beautiful penmanship

I  have always taken for granted that I can transfer things from my brain box down through my fingers, onto a keyboard and off onto some electronic location. In the old days, I was …

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Community

Slightly off season

Fall and winter travel is easier than ever, now that daylight saving time lasts longer than daylight losing time. Even after the great fall-back darkness descends, you can find ple …

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How do you know what you know?

This isn’t about this news cycle; it’s about every news cycle since shared cave paintings. Could Kokopelli really play a mean flute? Did elk really look like that? I doubt it; ‘pel …

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Culture, Enjoy

Slightly Off Center: Burning Man again?

I just wanted to give my 21st annual report confirming that Burning Man is still boring. I don’t know why I keep going back; it must be the excitement of those 42 600-mile-trips ac …

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Expand, Live

Slightly Off Center: September 2018

Nostalgia at the shallow end Nostalgia is a public pool filled with warm memories at the shallow end, but in the deep end there be monsters disguised as beguiling Sirens. You may e …

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