Archive for May, 2019

My Thoughts on the Attack in Japan

My Thoughts on the Attack in Japan

If you have children (or nieces or nephews or an imagination), think about when they were 6 years old or when they will be. That’s how old my niece is right now. Think about sending those children to school. Like, the actual logistics of it. If you’re in the US, you probably either (a) drive […]


What Did You Think of the American Ninja Warrior Freestyle Event?

What Did You Think of the American Ninja Warrior Freestyle Event?

One of my favorite shows/sports/competitions, American Ninja Warrior, is returning to television tomorrow. As per tradition, the new season begins with a 3-hour skills competition featuring some of the top competitors. The vast majority of the skills competition involves variations on normal challenges: Two ninjas may race against each other in a head-to-head challenge or […]


Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Do You Remember Your First Chocolate Bar?

Despite my intense love of chocolate as an adult, I had very little access to it when I was a child. We had access to candy at Halloween, at Christmas, and at Easter, but beyond that, it was a rare treat. So recently when I was gifted an amazing chocolate bar that I’ll share in […]


What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

What Would You Have Done with No Student Debt?

Recently I was stunned by an act of generosity that you may have heard about. As the class of 2019 listened to their commencement speech, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that he and his family would be paying off the entire graduating class’s student debt. Can you imagine being one of those students and hearing […]


What Do You Do When Your Restaurant Service Is Terrible?

What Do You Do When Your Restaurant Service Is Terrible?

As someone who worked as a waiter at several restaurants years ago, I have a lot of compassion and empathy for servers. I can tell when they’re doing their best in tough circumstances, like when they get double-seated, have kitchen issues, or have a difficult table (which hopefully isn’t my table). I think, as a […]


My Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale (spoilers)

My Thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale (spoilers)

I thought about writing this last night, immediately after the finale ended, but I wanted to process the episode a bit before sharing my perspective. I should preface this with a disclaimer that may or may not matter to you: I tend to give shows I love the benefit of the doubt. It’s exceptionally rare […]


If You Need a Good Laugh…

Earlier today I watched a segment on The Daily Show that made me laugh and laugh, so I wanted to share it with you. Before I share this, I want to be clear in saying that this isn’t a political statement at all. I would find this just as amusing if this footage were of […]


Basepaws or Crown & Paw: Indulging a Proud Pet Parent

Basepaws or Crown & Paw: Indulging a Proud Pet Parent

I try to share a lot of love with my two cats, Biddy and Walter. Sometimes this comes in the form of tummy time, snuggle time, or balcony time (lots of “times”). Other times it’s more out of necessity–Biddy has diabetes, so I give him twice-daily shots of insulin and only eats wet food; Walter […]


What Did You Think of Season 2 of The OA?

What Did You Think of Season 2 of The OA?

A few years ago, I was transfixed by the first season of a Netflix show called The OA. It was weird, a little trippy, and it told two interesting stories: One about a group of people who were being studied against their will based on their near-death experiences and another about a group of high […]


My Fingers Hurt!

My Fingers Hurt!

One of my favorite lines in any movie (and one of the few movie quotes I remember) is “my fingers hurt” from Happy Gilmore. That’s how I feel today after my second-ever attempt at indoor rock climbing yesterday. My first attempt was a few years ago, a 2-hour class that mostly focused on climbing safety […]


A Survivor Loved-Ones Episode Idea

A Survivor Loved-Ones Episode Idea

Fair warning: This will probably be boring if you don’t watch Survivor. And if you do watch Survivor, there might be very minor spoilers regarding last week’s episode. One of the milestones in each season of Survivor is the “loved-ones episode.” Usually it happens when there are between 6 and 8 contestants remaining. There’s a […]


My Top 3 Saturday Night Live Sketches from Adam Sandler’s Return

This Saturday, Adam Sandler appeared on Saturday Night Live for the first time in something like 24 years. I’m more of a fan of Sandler’s movies (Happy Gilmore in particular) than of his SNL sketches, so I was curious how I’d enjoy him as a host. Overall, I thought it was a solid episode. There’s […]


How Would You Design a Cooking Show?

How Would You Design a Cooking Show?

I enjoy cooking, and I also enjoy cooking shows like Top Chef, Final Table, and–most recently–The Great British Baking Show. As entertaining as all of those shows are, they all have a few common elements that bug me. So I thought I’d try to improve upon the cooking show formula with a few tweaks. Issue […]


Where Do You Draw the Line with Movie Recommendations to Your Parents?

Where Do You Draw the Line with Movie Recommendations to Your Parents?

Today I was having my weekly phone call with my parents, and I mentioned that I was going to see a new romantic comedy called Long Shot. To my surprise, they had heard of it–apparently they recently read an article that compared it to a role-reversal Pretty Woman, a movie they really enjoy. So as […]


I Did Something Silly at 4:00 am Today

I Did Something Silly at 4:00 am Today

Last night I did something rather silly at 4:00 am, though at the time I felt quite responsible and mature. Here’s what I thought happened: At 4:00 am, I woke up to the sound of one of my cats heaving up a hairball on the floor near the foot of my bed. I briefly considered […]