I like spicy stuff, hence the name, which means "little pepper" in Portuguese. I live in Brazil. I am perpetually late to the comment party.
@katiechasm My organic chemistry professor in college actually explained how to avoid and deal with hangovers in class one day. Apparently the best things you can do are to have some protein in your stomach before you start drinking, and from there, just drink water, water, water to facilitate the reactions associated with processing the alcohol (because those reactions use up a lot of water). Don't ask me exactly how the mechanisms work--I ended up majoring in History and ended up forgetting most of what I learned that harrowing year I thought I'd be a Chem major--but his advice hasn't failed me yet.
I don't love scotch--I'm more of a bourbon lady--but I loved this article, especially the structure, how it started out as a review of whiskies and devolved into a narrative the more you drank. Also, the illustrations! What is that thing Chair Guy was carrying around? Some sort of portable fence?
John, I don't know very much about the spectrum, or life on it, but this helps me to better understand; thank you for writing this. What's more, you write beautifully. I look forward to seeing more of your work around here and on the Toast too!
Late to the party as always, but I might as well add my lurkeresque voice, since this is something I've been wanting to vent about for a few weeks now. I feel like every time I come here, there is a new trite joke list. What's more, half of this ~clever~ list is under a cut. I just don't see the point in clicking through to the rest of a mediocre, tongue-in-cheek list unless I notice that there are a lot of comments, and even then I still don't read the list itself. This is not a new complaint, and it is perhaps less distressing than some of the valid concerns mentioned above, but nevertheless it really bums me out to realize I've forgotten to check the 'Pin for a few days--something which never used to happen--and then I come here and there's ANOTHER ironic list.
How did this piece even come from the same person who wrote the article about the Kundalini yoga retreat? That kind of article, the kind that has you howling for days just thinking about it, is the kind of thing that I miss about The Hairpin these days. I know that that particular piece was published on The Awl, but there were a lot more articles of that timbre here, say, a year ago. It's hard to understand how related sites that frequently cross-publish articles could diverge so quickly in terms of content quality (and perceived demographic?).
(Also, a personal and minor axe to grind: come on now, with all that Brazil's been in the news in the past few years, you didn't ever look at a map or hear some random journalist mention that Brazil covers almost half of South America? Really? Even my grandma knows that at this point. Literally, she does.)
@jazzloon And while you're in the drugstore buying lashes, get some sort of sheer-ish berry-colored lip balm. I was going to suggest wearing bright red lipstick but then remembered that obvious lipstick is the worst at weddings; you have to keep reapplying, what with the cake and toasting and such when all you want to do is be on the dance floor. I have a similar wedding situation coming up this winter, so I feel you.
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@ellochka I had the equivalent of a courthouse wedding. We paid the fee for the marriage license, showed up with two friends, had no family present--and neither of us have any regrets! We both love our families dearly but it was way easier to just do the deed on a random day. We're planning on having a party sometime in the future when we have more money and patience to round up everybody from two countries and try to get them together in the same place. That stuff is stressful, and you two have every right to side step it; you are the ones getting married, so do things on your terms.
@sophia_h Thanks for the suggestions! I'm trying to track down a dehumidifier but they're a lot less common here in Brazil where I live, so I'll probably end up paying out the nose when I find one. At this point, though, it will be so worth it, ridiculous price and everything. Will add air purifier to the list of things to look for!
@jazzloon For long trips I like to load up a ton of podcasts too. I always get super behind, so I'll marathon The Bugle and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me whenever I go home (long plane ride) or take the overnight bus somewhere.
Good afternoon, Pinners! I have two questions today:
1. Does anyone have experience with mold allergies and maybe what OTC allergy medications are effective when you live in a really humid place (thus, negating the possibility of removing all mold from your home)? Eeeeurgh...
2. Now that Lizzie Bennet and Strip Search are over (both of which I found out about via the Hairpin), there is a smallish hole in my heart where regularly-updated short series used to be. Any web series recs?
Happy Fourth y'all! Go forth, drink some dranks, commune with some bald eagles, and be merry!
@katzenklavier Ahhh excellent! And if you're ever down Floripa way, drop a line! É nóis!