Gavin Cleaver

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  • 1 month ago | Barbecue

    Gavin Cleaver is the former web editor and clueless barbecue correspondent of the Dallas Observer. He lives in England Great Britain the UK somewhere over there ------> Hello from overseas. I hear you've been having some weather. Well, I'm here to...

  • 11 months ago | Longform

    The roof of my car has sprung a leak in the middle of a tropical rainstorm, and the backseat is rapidly flooding. I'd pull over, but I've been stuck on an under-construction highway for the last half hour, and time is slipping away. We're two week...

  • 1 year ago | Longform

    You know how the Amazing Race works? Well, this is like that, but we could only get Observer staffers to do it if we promised alcohol at the end. Tracie, our art director, takes her car, Gavin, the web editor, takes a Yellow Cab, Catherine, our ed...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    The AR-15 is lighter than I expected. It's an intimidating chunk of rough-hewn black metal and rubber, but it sits softly in my hands. I bring it to my shoulder and, making sure I'm not pointing it at anyone, I peer down its sights. I'm not sure w...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    You can't begin to imagine the wealth of everyday misunderstanding that's possible when relocating from Britain to Texas. The broad stuff — obtain dwelling, consume food, aim to subsist — that's the same. Even the language is apparentl...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    Leaving the cozy confines of the British countryside and pretty much everyone I'd ever met 5,000 miles away wasn't an easy thing to do. I'm still surprised I did it. I didn't grow up (in Watford, and then the Cotswolds, since you're asking) thinki...