East Nasty of the Week: Duane Stephenson

Well, folks, it’s me.  Annie.  Your now-foreign East Nasty correspondent – much like one Connie Chung, perhaps.

When I heard that Duane Stephenson had been elected as the East Nasty of the Week, I made sure that Rod stopped the presses to let me write this one.  See, I made a promise to Duane that should he ever have the honor of ENOW bestowed upon him, I would resurrect from my Coloradan exile, rising from the hinterlands on the wings of the Internet, and write a little something-something.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  THIS Duane Stephenson?

No.  I have no idea who that man is.

I’m talking about THIS Duane Stephenson – and really, as far as we’re concerned, the ONLY Duane Stephenson.

Duane grew up in Texas, where he was educated in the ways of music, Tex-Mex, and Shiner Bock.  After high school, he took the advice of one M.W. Smith – that would be “go west, young man” – and headed to the University of Southern California.  But eventually, the allure of the Lone Star brought him back to Texas.  He loves Texas.  I think he is obsessed with Texas.  I have no idea if this is Duane’s website, but… yes, this totally has to be Duane’s website.  I heard he’s updating it soon, though…

Based back in Texas, he spent years writing songs, playing in bands, and touring.  He has CD’s, people, and a very pretty guitar.  Having lived in Nashville for 5 years now, Duane is self-employed in the realm of computers.

Which brings us to present day.  Duane is a recent(ish) addition to East Nasty, and with no real previous running experience, is seizing what I think may be the Year of the Duane (spread it around like wildfire).  He is preparing to run – nay, own – the half-marathon in April.

He is David Wilcox’s biggest fan, makes a mean pot of chili, and knows more “Lost” trivia than anyone I know.  Long live Duane Stephenson, and amen.

Contact Duane at duane@eastnastyforlife.com

20 Responses to East Nasty of the Week: Duane Stephenson

  1. Chuck says:

    Duane is a great pick for ENOW. All are deserving, one per week is chosen. Keep training Duane and Country Music Half will be yours.

    Rod Jones, I like the new web site banner. Nice work.

  2. Xtina :-) says:

    Congrats Duane!!! Enjoy having you as a friend… and look forward to running with you 😉

  3. Erica says:

    Yummmm, Duane’s chili IS delicious. And he is quite the rockstar on the roads if I do say so.

  4. Margaret says:

    Congrats Duane!! Well deserved! Keep up the great running 🙂

  5. Christy says:

    Congrats Duane!!! So good to see you out running strong today. And a David Wilcox fan!?!? I had no idea… love him!

  6. eastnasty says:

    Actually, Duane did this new banner for us… it’s one of five different ones that he created that are all very cool. A perfect example of the computer-type work that he does now…

  7. […] really great!  Finding good people in a new city is an amazing feeling. – Duane was the East Nasty of the Week. – One of my best friends from high school who lives in the Denver area had her first baby – […]

  8. Rod says:


    Thanks for the banners, they look great. And congrads on the ENOW, you deserve it.

  9. Duane says:

    Wow! What an honor! Thanks Annie!

    I have really enjoyed getting to know you all and running through the streets of our beloved East Nashville.

    Annie was right – I’ve had no running experience before joining east nasty in July of 2009. You can read the full story of my motivation to run on my sleep apnea blog at: http://newjawduane.wordpress.com/aboutsurgery

    The part about running is towards the end. I’ve lost 20+ pounds since last April and cut 3 minutes of my average mile time. If I can do it, anyone can.

    See you all on Wednesday! ENFL!

  10. John says:

    The year of Duane. It is that, and so much more as well, too also.

  11. John van der Harst says:

    Mustn’t forget Duane’s manual skills added to this site’s quality as well — great job carving that East Nasty pumpkin at Halloween!

  12. […] shirts are in, and the design is fantastic!  Thanks Duane-o.   The shirts will be available after the run.  Bring […]

  13. Will Arnold says:

    Dude – I didn’t know you love D. Wilcox. You’re the man, and he’s the man!

  14. […] Duane-o has done it again: he’s created a fantastic shirt design, featuring a unique Tomato Fest 2010 design on the back.   Shirts are $25, and here are the two important details: (1) pick up your shirt on Wednesday (2) wear your shirt on Saturday! […]

  15. […] a few of our new green cotton blend Ts ins women’s sizes L and XXL available for $20. See Duane after the run to purchase […]

  16. […] the link to our training plan has been fixed (thanks Duane!), so you can now download the training plan.  Now, it’s time to get started!   Our weekend […]

  17. […] you enjoying the new, larger maps on Wednesday nights?  Thank Duane.  How about your East Nasty shirt?  Duane.   The fact that we have any on-line presence at all? […]

  18. […] ever met.  A non-exhaustive list would, of course, include Jennifer Eberle, Rebekah Shulman, Duane Stephenson, Becky Alley Pendleton, Michelle Allen-Parker, Kristin Matthews, Lenny Bertoldo, (her now triathlon […]

  19. […] all over again this week with Route #1. Board members leading this quarter of Wednesday nights are Duane, your favorite ginger Meg, and the one and only Drew Jones. Look for them each week making […]

  20. […] you cup cleaning volunteers! And be sure to say thanks to East Nasty Board Members Meg, Drew, and Duane for hosting this quarter of Wednesday […]

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