I Never Thought I’d See This Happen…

Fires show up on the news all the time, right? Right. Fires happen in one’s neighborhood all the time, right? Uh, no… I never thought I’d see it happen in my neighborhood. But today, it happened. It got me out of the shower, too. (Yes, my schedule is weird, and late. Don’t bother me. 😛 ) My mother just happened to look out the window. It was really a luck thing; otherwise, I would have missed the beginning part of it. I heard the sirens as I was getting into the shower, but sirens are common enough in this city…

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich [Book In Review]

Over the holiday break, and continuing after I got back from New York City (which I will probably never blog about, unfortunately; it’s been too long now, and I have other posts to write), I read a series of books checked out from the local library on topics ranging from the history of eBay and Microsoft’s hiring practices to the true economic impact of big-box stores like Wal-Mart and even a book on cosmic complexity. While all of them resonated with me to a certain extent (the latter, Big-Box Swindle, being the most compelling of those I’ve mentioned so far),…

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You Gave the Wine List to Me?

I told myself I probably wouldn’t blog about New York, but I decided this would be a worthwhile story. (Not to mention the fact that I promised a certain person I’d publish this; you know who you are.) Of all the things that happened in New York City, this is possibly the funniest, and the most unlikely to happen back here in MN. Aside from Broadway shows, that is. Image via WikipediaPicture this: Times Square, a moderately upscale Asian restaurant, and a party of five. Two mothers, three “children” (though none of us were under 14). The age spread for…

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