Monthly Archives: March 2012

#90: Recognize someone from high school

Once, when I was home from college for the summer, a friend and I ran into someone from high school at an ice cream place.  He said hi, knew exactly who we were, and chatted with us for a bit.  But I had no idea what his name was.

If it sounds like I was just so popular in high school and knew so many people that it only makes sense they’d remember me but I wouldn’t remember them, I’m explaining it wrong.  It’s just that I have a bad memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in People


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#89: Be anonymous to family

I wouldn’t say I’m close with my family, but only because if I did, I think you’d get the wrong impression.  We’re not close like how adult siblings are each other’s best friends sometimes on TV.  But I still think I have a pretty good relationship with them.  And I know, when it comes down to it, when you get past the everyday disagreements or shouting or emotional meltdowns, if I really need someone to be there for me, I can count on them.

So when I called my sister to wish her a happy birthday yesterday and she didn’t answer, I assumed she was busy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in People


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#88: Wield a candle

I’ve never really been scared in my house before.  (Key word: house.  The first apartment I rented in New York had a basement level that was separated from the building’s storage area by a loose door with a lock you could break by breathing on it.  I got scared all the time when I heard weird noises on the other side of the wall. Chances are, they were just the cockroaches coming out to play, but I could never be certain.)

In this one-level house in the middle of the suburbs on a sunny day?  Impossible. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Animals


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#87: Participate in the Scintilla Project

I found out about this from someone I don’t know but follow on Twitter.  I think it’s cheating to just edit a story I wrote last year, but I was exhausted yesterday, and you haven’t read it before, so I also think it counts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Nature


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#86: Spend $500 on medicine

Technically, it’s not medicine, but I’m not sure what to call it technically unless you want me to get specific, and even if you do, well, too bad, because I don’t want to.  But whatever you want to call it, that’s a whole lot of money to spend all at once.  It’s also a long story as to why I did, but the short version is: I don’t have health insurance and my prescription was about to expire in 2 days.

Was the prescription for a life-or-death kind of drug?  Nope.  Was it really worth $500 to me?  That question is trickier. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Health


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#85: Clear out Gmail inbox

Here are just some of the delightful things I found:

  • a shopping list of groceries to prepare for “Hurricane” Irene
  • countless Travelzoo Top 20 announcements
  • a picture in which I look like I’m smoking (I’m not–it’s an ice cream spoon sticking out of my mouth)
  • 2 out-of-the-blue emails from men I had dated and not been in contact with for at least a year
  • a picture from a work scavenger hunt where I’m pretending to serenade 2 tourists who look terrified Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Computers


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#84: Lose faith in women

I’ve lost faith in men plenty of times (I’ve had it restored a few times, too).  But somehow, despite some the mean things I’ve read about women doing to each other, and despite the fact that I’ve always said I would rather have a son than a daughter (boys can be exhausting, but little girls are conniving), I never actually lost faith in women.  After all, I’m one, and even though I’m nowhere near perfect, I happen to think there’s a lot of good in me that could be pretty wonderful under the right circumstances.

That all changed yesterday when I read this article. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 25, 2012 in Nature


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