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On The Books of Our Childhood Summers

Does anyone else remember Betsy-Tacy and Tib?

Tib was my hero.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm 1

On Thank You So Much For Being With Me Tonight to Celebrate My Twenty-Five-And-Twelve-Month Birthday

@iceberg I did not know this! What kind of graphic design? If you do web stuff I may well have work for you.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm 1

On Thank You So Much For Being With Me Tonight to Celebrate My Twenty-Five-And-Twelve-Month Birthday

@skyslang I think an astonishing number of the problems with being a 26 year old come from trying to live as if you were a 40 year old, before it is your time to do so.

I know I wasn't able to pay for birthday presents, but that was often because I had stupidly blown all my money on things like nice dinners out or a piece of furniture that would make my apartment look like a grown-up lived there. If I'd just chilled out and been 26, living within my means, all my 26-year-old problems would have disappeared more or less overnight.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm 0

On Let This Champagne Bottle Explain How 75% of Men Come Within 3 Minutes

I kind of want to high-five whoever came up with the storyboard for this script. Genius use of produce.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm 5

On Let This Champagne Bottle Explain How 75% of Men Come Within 3 Minutes

@Blushingflwr Three minutes has happened, but every time it has, my partner clearly thought it was embarrassing and worth apologizing for. Unnecessary, since in every case it was an anomaly.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm 0

On Let This Champagne Bottle Explain How 75% of Men Come Within 3 Minutes

@tea sonata If so, I'm feeling sorry for British ladies. 3 minutes seems ridiculously short for an average time to ejaculation.

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm 0

On The Burglar Wore a Straw Fedora: An Illustrated Guide to My Missing Stuff

@lucy snowe Wait, this didn't actually happen? I so wanted this part to be true.

This did actually happen to me, but the item was not stolen, just lost at a crazy party, and it got passed through four different friends before winding up on the finger of one who came to visit me across the country in New York.

It could happen. Did it happen? Please tell me it happened. I want to believe.

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm 1

On "Don’t worry, it’s no 'Sex and the City,' they say. As if that were a good thing."

@Takoroft LIVING SINGLE WAS THE BEST.

And I'd argue that the women of Living Single break down almost IDENTICALLY to SATC, except they were less annoying and rich and entitled. But you had your writer/entrepreneur (Kadijah/Carrie), your wide-eyed innocent (Sinclair/Charlotte), your social-climbing man-eater (Regine/Samantha) and your career-oriented lawyer who winds up the first one with a kid at the end of the series (Maxine/Miranda). It's pretty much perfect.

I am deeply sad that it's not available on DVD. Just the first season. Meanwhile, Dawson's Creek and Felicity, both of which Living Single soundly trounced in the Battle of Viewership, are available in their entirety. GROWL.

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:36 pm 0

On D.I.-Why?: Emily Matchar on the Allure of the “New Domesticity”

@rathermarvelous I feel like there might be something in this whole argument about how many "male" jobs can be loaned out, as currency, to other families, whereas many "female" jobs cannot. For example, my dad was often asked by friends of his to come help out with a plumbing job or car repair or to put a new roof on the house, and these were jobs that saved significant amounts of money by doing them among the men in the neighborhood.

Whereas crafts, while enjoyable to have around, are less essential. If you are the finest chef in the world, your food is going to get people no more or less full than Ramen, and if you can quilt beautifully, you can get that job done with a cheap fleece blanket from Wal-Mart. Those jobs bring joy and artistry to life, but they're not critical to having water and shelter and transport.

I do find it really interesting that women only go for the one type of job, too. Can't you see learning to build a car from scratch? That seems like an awesome hobby. Or, I don't know, build furniture. I think this is exactly what Emily's talking about, of course, but now I kind of want to learn woodworking just to be defiant (and also because I really hate knitting and crocheting and stuff, my friend tried to teach me and I got unutterably mad at yarn and all yarn-related things. Fuck yarn, you guys. Yarn is out to get you.)

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm 0

On Lesbian Vocabulary, U-Hauls, and the Family That Comes Out Together

Also I just pulled a lesbian U-haul except for the part where I'm not a lesbian. But "straight U-haul" just sounds like I'm trying to coin a slang phrase. "I straight U-hauled out of there."

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm 3