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#936: Go upstairs at night

I know my upstairs neighbors by how they bug me.

When I first moved into this apartment, the guy above me had a leaky air conditioner that dripped through the ceiling onto my bed and caused water damage that took my super 4 months to get someone to repair. Once he left, a man moved in for a short amount of time and moved furniture all over most nights. Next, the person above me watched TV loudly–never for very long, but still. After that, the woman upstairs would always come home screeching into her phone.

The current upstairs neighbor? Stomping. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in People


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#928: Complain nicely

I have sincere sympathy for people in the customer service field because I know how much it sucks. Most of the jobs I’ve had were not officially in customer service, but I’ve had to do enough speaking with angry customers to know that doing that all day would be miserable for me.

So I try not to be intentionally mean whenever I need to complain about a service. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in People


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#923: Vote in pajamas

When things are going really badly for me, it helps to think about the concept of the multiverse.

I don’t know that I even believe it’s a theory that could be accurate; it certainly sounds too complicated for most regular human brains to comprehend.

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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in People


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#916: Like recorded voice

Have you ever–this is a silly question because I’m pretty sure everyone has–heard your voice on a recording and thought it sounded weird? Like, there’s no way I really sound like that?

Okay, you have. And so have I. I┬ádon’t think about it a lot, mostly because it’s not that important, but also because it’s one of those things that would drive me crazy to think about too much.

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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in People


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#881: Watch Love Me

Whenever I watch or read or hear something about mail order brides, I think the situation is creepy. It’s for middle-aged (and above) men who don’t want to put the effort into working on a relationship and would prefer to pay for the appearance of happiness.

Watching Love Me made me question my preconceived notions.

There was still creepiness, of course.

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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in People


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#865: Go to a Polish wedding

Polish ceremony. Polish bread tradition at the reception. Polish songs. Polish dancing.

But otherwise, it was a pretty typical wedding, which was both nice and disappointing. Disappointing only because I like experiencing new cultures, and I had so much fun learning Greek dancing at my friend’s Greek wedding. Nice because there’s something comforting in the idea that no matter where you’re from or what language you speak, the celebration of love is pretty much the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 7, 2016 in People


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#863: Have a wedding date

With how much I’ve always wanted this, and how close I’ve been to having this in the past only to miss out on this, and just keeping in mind the general “things are never as good as you build them up to be in your mind” rule of thumb for life, you might guess that having a date for a wedding for the first time would be a let-down.

But it was exactly as fun as I’d imagined it would be. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in People


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