Monthly Archives: January 2012

#30: Go to a movie alone

I have a terrible habit.  Only the people who know me well have witnessed it.  It’s awful, and not only is it frowned upon in public, but it’s also unacceptable in private.  I’m ashamed of it, but I can’t stop doing it.  I’m guilty of one of the worst things you could possibly do.

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Movies



#29: Join HowAboutWe

I hate dating almost as much as going on job interviews.  Actually, no, that’s not true.  I hate dating more than going on job interviews, because at least with interviews there’s no pretense that it’s supposed to be fun. Everyone involved knows it’s not a comfortable process and no one feels the need to lie in the ad about what the position is.  No one promises to call and then doesn’t; when you shake hands at the end, you both know that if there isn’t a connection, you’re probably never going to hear from them again.

For some reason, society has decided to present dating as something more exciting when really, it’s not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Dating


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#28: Go to an adult sleepover

I didn’t sleep at all (except for a half hour at 8am, at which point I had a very weird, extremely unsettling dream). We weren’t up all night giggling, whispering, and eating junk food.  No, I was kept awake by adult problems, like the girl snoring next to me, the cat jingling, scratching, and generally being loud, and the mild case of insomnia I’ve had for the past 3 months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Health


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#27: Give a homeless man money

It may seem incredible (in a bad way) that after living in New York City for over 5 years, I’ve never given a homeless person any money.  There are several reasons, none of them especially compelling–explanations about how I keep all of my money in my wallet, which is inside my purse, so digging out a few coins is a process that takes too long when I’m passing someone on the street, and recollections of how I’ve tried to give homeless people food in the past, and they never accept it, so it makes me suspect they may be lying when they say they need the money for food, and the simple fact that I don’t have much expendable income myself. But the most influential reason is that I just don’t feel as sorry for them as I know I’m supposed to, as a fellow human being. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 28, 2012 in NYC


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#26: Go to a book swap

I am slightly possessive about my books.  Actually, I am borderline-psycho about them.  Okay, fine, I am Kathy Bates in Misery about them.  But with good reason, I think.  I lent my copy of The Fountainhead to an artist friend in college, and I still remember how unapologetic she was when she returned it with a heavy black ink stain soiling the edges (I’m sure she apologized, but not nearly enough for the gravity of the offense).  I lent The History of Love–one of my favorites–to another friend a few years ago and, realizing that I would never see the book again when she hadn’t even started reading it after a few months, had to steal it back from her bookshelf one night while attending a party at her apartment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Books


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#25: Leave it alone

I generally don’t care if women don’t like me.  But men?  For some reason I have an absurdly hard time accepting when someone of the male gender doesn’t like me.

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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Dating


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#24: So You Think You Can Dance

When I called my little sister to tell her I had just been to the So You Think You Can Dance auditions, she said, “Were you auditioning?”  The question was ridiculous so that’s all I’m going to say about it.

What I will say is that it was pretty cool to be able to witness all of these people in one (small, as theaters go) space together with so much ambition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Music