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By up cubed on Interview With a Virgin: Will

@Seattle http://thehairpin.com/2012/10/sensual-shampoos-utis-and-a-mutual-love-of-mash

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm 6

By Lit Drunkard on Can Anyone Explain the UVA Situation?

Man, I feel bad, but there was a definitely side of me sitting back going "haha suckers! W&M wins!" and I didn't even KNOW I cared about collegiate allegiances

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm 1

By Mingus_Thurber on "...always early, always together"

I thought a lot about suicide after I was diagnosed with cancer. Like many other cancers, oral CA has the potential of being debilitating and disfiguring; unlike other cancers, though, oral CA can rip your ability to eat, breathe, swallow, and speak away from you. I got very, very lucky: I had a minor salivary gland cancer that was treated (successfully, so far) with wide excision, no radiation, and I have a prosthetic that allows me to speak, eat, and breathe.

That said, I had a very specific plan (it involved stealing insulin and IV diazepam from the hospital where I work), a specific timeline, and a specific set of conditions to be met before I would allow myself to die. I had then and have now a network of friends who would've taken care of my critters and house, and had socked away enough money in savings to cover debts.

Looking back, it seems unbelievable that I could've planned things out so carefully. At the time, though, it was a huge comfort to know that I had the ability and resources to end my own life if I decided it had become unbearable. Had things not turned out so magically, miraculously well and easy (though it sure didn't seem like they were, going through it), I would have had no problem dying.

The last thing I wanted to be, at 43, was a shell, unable to speak or eat or breathe through my nose, a burden on other people and on myself. The option to avoid that fate ought to be available to everyone.

Posted on May 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm 15

By lalaura on This is a Safe Space to Talk About Your Dissertation

How I Finished My Dissertation

1. Write one page
2. Cry
3. Eat fried food

Repeat as needed.

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 11:54 am 14

By OwlOfDerision on This is a Safe Space to Talk About Your Dissertation

@suiterkin ALL WILL BE WELL. BRING A PUPPY TO YOUR DEFENCE FOR GOOD LUCK.

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 10:53 am 9

By LurkiLoo on Why 1995 Was Probably the Best Year Ever for Movies

Also: the BBC's Pride & Prejudice came out in 1995. Wet Colin Firth!

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 11:42 am 28

By Jane Marie on Stuff for Girls Now Looks Like Stuff for Girls But Is Really Stuff for Guys

@gobblegirl RUN AWAY FROM THE MAN WITH THE BENCH PRESS IN HIS KITCHEN. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES I DID! SAVE YOURSELF!!!

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm 2

By verenaskye on "Accidental" Bra-Touching and Rebound Mathematics

Wow. Is it weird that I can recognize my sis's writing even as an anonymous poster on thehairpin? LW1, AKA sister, I am close to driving to your boyfriend's and punching him in the face.

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm 13

By melis on Smoking: The Pros and Cons (Excluding All Health Risks)

@Ellie "Well, I was gonna rape her, but she clearly possesses the rare and unique and terrifying gift of CREATING FIRE, so."

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm 6

By rayray on Most Requested Hairpin Articles of the Summer

@boyofdestiny The same response could be applied to my suggestion, which was gonna be "Top 10 ways to seduce your attached college professor".

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 10:34 am 7