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On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

@chickpeas akimbo I had a terrible experience in SFO trying to make a very quick connection during their "everything is under construction but we have no helpful signs" phase.

Similarly in Atlanta and Denver, both of which at least put me in a hotel overnight so I could get get bumped onto flights on Christmas Day and New Years Day, respectively, thus missing both sets of family events that year.

Salt Lake is my favorite airport.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm 0

On How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

@sulpicius subuculus Sea-Tac also has one of the more interesting food courts, especially when compared to the midwestern airports of my youth.

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm 0

On Erica Gets An IV

Once in college I had to sell plasma. Reason is not important.

Anyway, they put the needle in wrong. It worked OK during the part where they were taking blood out. But then, in the part where they're putting fluid back, it started to feel, um, Not Right.

I had to make a fair bit of fuss before they came over and helped me. It was closing time; they were cleaning the room. Meanwhile it felt like my arm was on fire.

Well, it turns out they were pumping stuff back into my arm... not into my bloodstream.

Ended up with dark purple bruising that went from my wrist to my shoulder from all the blood cells that basically pooled in my fat/skin/muscles.

And that is why I only sold body fluids that one time, kids.

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm 3

On The Hunger Games Makeup Tutorial

@Hot Doom Exactly. The thing about the Subway tie-in, especially, just felt so ON THE NOSE for exactly the kind of tie-ins they'd have in the capital leading up to the quarter quell. And combining "girl on fire" imagery with Sriracha, of all things... I wish I could have been a fly on the wall of whatever agency dreamed that up.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm 0

On The Hunger Games Makeup Tutorial

@Statham And thank you, sir, for Snatch.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm 0

On The Hunger Games Makeup Tutorial

So, have you guys read the books? Because, like, the evil of commercializing children fighting to the death was kind of a big theme... and now we're seeing the "fashions" of the capital being promoted? Or the other day I was at Subway, and they have Hunger Games themed sriracha sandwich sauce and soda cups with Hunger Games contestants on them (collect them all!) and I just feel like there is something something irony something something life imitates art.

Confession: I love the books, and I am a full-grown adult human with a job.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm 2

On 10 Years, Actually: Sarah & Karl, Jamie & Aurélia

I can't wait to hear about Colin Frizzel and his big knob. Don't disappoint me.

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm 3

On 10 Years, Actually: Rufus

Mr. BlueBlazes doesn't allow Christmas movies before Thanksgiving, but I'll admit I break it out in the off season sometimes when he's not home. :)

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm 0

On What It's Like to Seek a Late Abortion in the "Most Pro-Life" State in America

So this is what government looks like in homogenized states. Very few progressives would have the fortitude to live in Oklahoma. I personally left a very red flyover state for the same reason. I still believe that our congressmen are supposed to represent us, and I was tired of being represented by a bunch of middle-aged, chauvinist bigots.

I think the thing that really makes me sick about it is that the reps themselves even acknowledge that they are spending too much time on these cultural issues. Sure, they could be finding ways to improve education and social services so the Davis family could live a more secure life... but why would that be in the interest of the government? Sheesh.

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm 0

On Which of the "Three Personality Regions" in America Fits You Best?

Hey, I encourage you all to take the full test (there's a link for it in the test window at TIME. While it doesn't give you a state, it does feed the state-level data. It asks you where you grew up and where you live now.

PS: I got Utah but I live in Oregon. I'm probably a little too socially reserved for dark green...

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm 0