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On The True Cost of "Santa Baby"

@mynamebackwards Agreed. Kitt makes the song funny. Every other version I've heard--blech!

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm 0

On Pass the Cranberry Chodes: Christmas, According to a December 1951 Copy of Woman's Day

Maybe the Immy story was written by a spambot!

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm 0

On A Letter to Future Me

@chickpeas akimbo Just wait until Natalie has kids. Then when a friend mentions being happy, she'll look at them with her wise, tired, mother's eyes, and say "Girl, being a mommy will bring a new you out of you." Or maybe "Girl, the person you love will bring a new baby out of you."

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm 3

On Poetry: A Love Story

There is a lot of crap poetry out there, poetry that tries too hard to be clever and just winds up opaque. But I have a hard time imagining being someone who loves the possibilities words have in other contexts, but insists that moss can only be "green" and not "emerald." This intrigues me!

For me, the poetry that snagged me was haiku. If you can find traditional Japanese haiku that have been translated well, they are the bomb. There's no room in a haiku for useless words, so the writer had to use only the ones that would pack a punch (although that might include "emerald").

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm 1

On #DudeCanCook #EpicSmile #RatingMenWithHashtags

This sounds terrible, and I don't like it, but some terrible part of me wishes there were a service like this for rating your neighbors. Because my neighbors are so terrible that I want to give them a bad rating. My terrible neighbors make me terrible.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm 0

On What It Takes to Be a Woman in the New York City Fire Department

For another female firefighter story from Ye Olde, there's Lillian 'Firebelle' Coit. According to her Wikipedia entry, in the 1850's she was running around with a shaved head, smoking cigars and gambling. There's a building named after her in San Francisco, and it's shaped like a firehose.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm 0

On Pairings By Profession in Notable Romantic Comedy Films

I only recognized 2 of these! (Is that a humblebrag?)

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm 0

On Saying No to Juice

@Tuna Surprise I also agree that a short juice "cleanse" (not a fan of that concept) can kind of rewire your taste buds and appetite. If I drink veggie juice for a couple of days, I crave more salads and fewer burgers when I'm done. So, that seems to be OK.

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm 0

On What It Takes to Be a Woman in the New York City Fire Department

For another female firefighter story from Ye Olde, there's 'Firebelle Lil' Coit. According to her Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillie_Hitchcock_Coit), in the 1850's she was running around with a shaved head, smoking cigars and gambling. There's a building named after her in San Francisco, and it's shaped like a firehose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coit_Tower.

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm 0

On Would You Ever Buy a Pair of "Anti-Rape Underwear"?

@RubeksCube Well, I do know someone, a very petite woman, who actually fought off a would-be rapist with one good punch. Granted, she took a risk, and she was up against an unarmed man committing a crime of opportunity, as opposed to a premeditated attack by someone with a weapon. But still. I guess I'm just trying to say that I believe in your ability to be at least as tough as your sharks. But I also believe in your right to use sharks instead of your fists.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm 0