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Best Place to Learn to Ride a Hog

Can you ride a bicycle? Do you have a driver's license? If so, then for about $200, you can learn all the skills you need to safely ride a motorcycle in just five days. First, you'll spend two evenings in the classroom, becoming familiar with the parts and functions of the bike, along with the special considerations of operating a vehicle with only two wheels. Then on the third day, you'll hit the range out back, which is really just a big parking lot painted with curves and lines for different exercises. For the riding work, you provide most of the gear: a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, over-the-ankle boots, full-fingered gloves, sunglasses and a Department of Transportation-approved helmet. (If you don't have a helmet, the dealership may be able to lend you one.) But Mancuso provides the most important materials: two affable instructors certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and a spunky 500-cc Buell Blast sport bike. The instructors lead you through the vital tasks, building one skill upon another: finding the "friction zone," braking quickly, cornering, swerving and stopping in a turn. On the last two days, you'll take both a written and a riding test. When you pass -- and if you've been paying attention, you ought to -- you'll be exempted from the riding test at the Department of Public Safety and will need only to take the computerized exam in order to get your motorcycle license. Then you'll be ready to ride anything -- from a Vespa to a V-Rod.

Best Hype

The sign at the entrance of Bush Intercontinental is already touting it. A number of nightclubs are already booked up for it. One Midtown comedy spot has already been bought out for the entire week of Super Bowl XXXVIII by an out-of-town corporation that wants a private place to drink and have a laugh every night. Tours of Enchantment, a local exclusive vacation planner that sends people across the globe on fantasy trips, has been making all sorts of arrangements for visitors who want to see the game up close and have a good time before and after. And, of course, construction teams are "racing" to complete the light rail system in time for the big event.

Best Hype

The sign at the entrance of Bush Intercontinental is already touting it. A number of nightclubs are already booked up for it. One Midtown comedy spot has already been bought out for the entire week of Super Bowl XXXVIII by an out-of-town corporation that wants a private place to drink and have a laugh every night. Tours of Enchantment, a local exclusive vacation planner that sends people across the globe on fantasy trips, has been making all sorts of arrangements for visitors who want to see the game up close and have a good time before and after. And, of course, construction teams are "racing" to complete the light rail system in time for the big event.

Best Texan

After seven seasons of frigid Decembers in the windswept New Jersey Meadowlands with the New York Jets, cornerback Aaron Glenn was happy to return to his home town of Houston in 2002 as a newly minted Texan. And Houston was equally glad to welcome him back. Glenn, who went to Nimitz High School and Texas A&M, joined Texan teammate Gary Walker as the only players from an expansion team to be named All-Pro since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. (It marked Glenn's third All-Pro nod.) Covering the league's top receivers, Glenn is incredibly quick and durable, and -- luckily for the Texans' anemic offense -- he can even put points on the board, returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Pittsburgh last year. He's also scoring karma points: Upon coming back to Houston, he founded the Aaron Glenn Foundation, which raises cash and funnels it to existing charitable groups that help young people.

Best Texan

After seven seasons of frigid Decembers in the windswept New Jersey Meadowlands with the New York Jets, cornerback Aaron Glenn was happy to return to his home town of Houston in 2002 as a newly minted Texan. And Houston was equally glad to welcome him back. Glenn, who went to Nimitz High School and Texas A&M, joined Texan teammate Gary Walker as the only players from an expansion team to be named All-Pro since the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. (It marked Glenn's third All-Pro nod.) Covering the league's top receivers, Glenn is incredibly quick and durable, and -- luckily for the Texans' anemic offense -- he can even put points on the board, returning two interceptions for touchdowns against Pittsburgh last year. He's also scoring karma points: Upon coming back to Houston, he founded the Aaron Glenn Foundation, which raises cash and funnels it to existing charitable groups that help young people.

Best Way to Park at Reliant Stadium

Parking at Reliant Stadium is a joke. A nightmare. Impossible almost, especially considering the high price you're paying. And once the game's over, you have to sit idling in your car for more than an hour because of traffic. So why even try it? Go to your local Metro Park & Ride lot and take one of the game day shuttles. Let the Metro drivers handle the traffic, and save your dough for the food and souvenirs. After the game, what's standing in line for a few minutes? While you're there, you can watch the drunken buffoons get into parking lot fights. Then soar right on down the road to your car while the police throw them in the slammer. Metro, it's the only way to go.

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