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Sep 11

“Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead”

I’ve already written my post about what I experienced on 9/11.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot since the earthquake, when I found myself fleeing that same office building, not knowing what had happened. I remember hearing that a plane had hit the first tower that September morning, a decade ago, and thinking it […]

Aug 27


I am so, so sorry for this lame blog post wherein I straight-up just cut and paste my tweets, but I am a) kind of on a roll, and b)super bored. (Do you follow me on Twitter and Facebook? Please do. ) hilarity_shoes Hilarity In Shoes HURRICANE UPDATE:Nudist flash mob jumping in puddles. I’m in! […]

Aug 24

Me and DC: A Love Story: Part 1

This week, it’s been 18 years since I moved to DC–as long as I lived in Ohio. When I arrived in DC on a brutally hot August day, I’d only been in the city once before, for orientation, and my mom and stepdad hadn’t come (my dad brought me, in a 1978 lime green Pontiac […]

Jun 22

I Need a Meme

A quote I like “The only way to write is well, and how you do it is your own damn business.” A.J. Liebling A book I like Read several good ones lately: Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman: Awesome story about a disastrous trip through China just after it opened […]

Jun 14

Me and Boo Radley and the Heat Wave

I guess cuddling a howler monkey on your way to the beach is kind of like canoodling with a hermit while a neurotic dog howls at your feet. My sister and her friend were in Costa Rica, and I was staying at her (and my old) house to watch the dog, Tornado. This was last […]

Apr 22

After Hours

Writing my last post about my very first restaurant job got me thinking about my old fun-person days as a server in an Irish pub.  I started working there the same month I should have graduated college, May 1997, and it was a wholly different rite of passage. I go back and forth about how I feel […]

Sep 19

Reasons American Civilization Will Fail, Part 1

1.  Cheese History A few years ago I made one of my regular trips to my happy place, Cheesetique.  It smells like either adolescent feet or your ideal Parisian courtyard in there, depending on your perspective.  After quite a bit of sampling (What do you have that’s ripe right now?) I was paying for my […]

Sep 02

The Bad Thing and Its Aftermath

This month, it’s been four years. The bad thing didn’t happen to me, but at the same time, it did.  It’s my story, but it isn’t my life that was ruined, and it doesn’t cast me in a particularly flattering light, yet something in me wants to tell what happened and what it felt like. […]

Aug 22

Narnia v. Ohio

I don’t talk about my job much here, both because blogging about your job is not very smart and because I know I’m damn lucky to have it.  It’s the best job anyone in my family has probably ever had, and while I do occasionally find myself crying in the bathroom from frustration, it’s not […]

Jul 20

A Brief History of Crime and Real Estate

When I moved to the District in 1993, it had recently won the honor of Murder Capital of the World, and my family and friends confidently predicted that I would die, quickly and painfully.  I played it cool, but I was a complete rube, a babe in the woods, and I suspected that they were […]