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January 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Potpourri

This January I have lived about 18 years. It has been wonderful, awful, devastating, eye-opening, and enough. I will be thirty in June. That is supposed to mean something, and I intend to see that it does. My stomach hurts in the way that it’s supposed to ache when you’re coming clean from a ton […]

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Lay your weary head to rest

July 25th, 2010 · 49 Comments · Potpourri, Video

On July 24, 2010, three mostly-unrelated things occurred: 1) I borrowed a friend’s video camera to capture some footage from our band’s recent tour to California. 2) Our orange boy cat, Mandy, who’d had a year-long fight with chronic renal failure, was having a good enough day that we decided to give him his final […]

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This Holiday Inn used to be a Radisson

July 13th, 2010 · 122 Comments · Potpourri, Stories

This hotel is in the final stages of renovation after being purchased from Radisson. The marquee on the side of the building just below the roof looks as if it has been there for years, but I know based on the SSID of the Wireless LAN (and the gregarious installer who warned me that he […]

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The thermally activated philosophy mug

June 8th, 2010 · 53 Comments · Potpourri, Stories

The cute text on the coffee mug was designed to change from “Half-full” to “Half-empty” when the coffee fell below the median line in the ceramic (or when the coffee cooled to an undrinkable temperature). Unfortunately, the misanthropic manufacturing manager did not see eye to eye with the designer from marketing. He reversed the order […]

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A quick one, before we break

May 28th, 2010 · 28 Comments · Potpourri

I fix machines that were not broken, And say cute things best left unspoken. I cannot heal the weak or sick, I much prefer to help them kick. I teach the rules that have no class From the text we all keep in our ass. There’s no degree, in school or verity, To grant myself […]

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