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

21 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 […]

  21. […] week. Board members leading this quarter of Wednesday nights are Drew Jones, Meg Willoughby, and Duane. Look for them each week on the megaphone, making announcements, and getting the run going. The […]

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