Monthly Archives: June 2012

#181: See a “lost iguana” sign

I have to wonder: how does one lose an iguana?  You own it, you love it, you take care of it.  How do you lose it?

Is it because you let it out of your sight?  Did it get loose while you weren’t looking?  Or is it because the fence is broken?  There’s a missing piece somewhere you weren’t aware of?  Or did it just one day decide to leave, to try something new? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Animals


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#180: Eat blackberry-grape chocolate

There are some things that are meant to be together: peanut butter and chocolate; sunsets and oceans; flight delays and me.  They just go with each other so naturally that everyone can see they belong together.

Then there are those things that don’t make such an obvious pair: nerds and the gooey candy that makes up Nerds Rope; Gotye and a guitar solo; exercise and me.  When you first hear about them, you may think, No way; that won’t work.  It will never last.

If you look closer, though, you might see what I did when I tried Ghiradelli’s Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee Bar, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Food/Drink


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#179: Watch Dorian Gray

I took one creative writing class in college.  After the students “performed” my play (the teacher was a theater guy and therefore had us write plays as well as the typical stories and poems), the instructor asked, “Who does this remind you of?” and my classmates answered, “Oscar Wilde.”  It was the second best compliment I’ve ever received.

As much as I appreciate Wilde’s writing, I didn’t get around to reading his one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, until I graduated from college. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Books, Movies


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#178: Journey cover band

Dear Journey cover band,

I’m a pretty critical person.  I’m most critical of myself, but I also hold others to fairly high standards.  So maybe take this with a grain of salt, but I guess I just thought, if you are specializing in one particular band’s songs, you would be better.  I’m assuming you decided to form your group not only because you liked Journey but also because you thought you had some sort of talent for reproducing their songs, right?  Maybe that’s a bold assumption. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Music


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#177: Buy a $67 plane ticket

You understand that is the equivalent cost of 2-3 checked bags on most airlines, right?  That is also the cost of:

  • the dress I wore to my cousin’s wedding
  • a pair of nice shoes
  • 2 fancy cocktails each for me and a friend at a speakeasy
  • 13 beers (not including tip) at my favorite bar in NYC Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Money


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#176: Attend a 31 party

A 31 party is essentially a tupperware party, but for bags.  A woman stands up in front of a group of women and tells them about all of these amazing products she has.  Then the women are supposed to buy something.  I expected it to be boring and I expected to end up buying an expensive bag I didn’t really want.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the “game” we had to play.

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in People


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#175: Skip a high school reunion

You might think, upon hearing I survived 3 days of over 90 degree temperatures running around with a 2-year-old in a house without air conditioning, that I can handle anything.  And you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Despite my negative tendencies and complaining and outward appearance of weakness, I’m a pretty good handler.  So you may wonder why I couldn’t handle my 10 year high school reunion.

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in People