Article Archive for December 2010

Another Side of Fruitcake
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 December 2010
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Confession. I have never had fruitcake. I know nothing about it. Yes, I know what it is, but I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what it tastes like. And today, I’m going to eat it.

Christmas in Japan
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
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They celebrate Christmas in Japan, but it’s nothing you get the day off work for; it’s more akin to Valentine’s Day. They celebrate a weird version of Valentine’s Day, too, but that’s another story.

Adventures in Seattle Jaywalking
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Posted in Seattle on 15 December 2010
Stats: 14,595 views and 3 Comments

When I was growing up, jaywalking was easy. You wanted to cross the street, there were no cars, you went. Here in Seattle, the same act is fraught with all manner of psychodrama.

Dusty Bottles and Scratchy Vinyl: My First New Year’s Eve
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 December 2010
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We settled on some dreadful brand of peppermint schnapps. We figured that the amount of sediment on the bottle was indicative of how little my parents cared about it.

24 Hours in Siena, or “Maps? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Maps.”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 December 2010
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We pulled into a gas station outside Pienza, where we learned the car had a locking fuel cap … only we weren’t equipped with the key.

Things We Like: Christmas Sweaters, The Sullivan Nod, and “The Mighty Thor”
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Posted in Things We Like on 11 December 2010
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The subliminal suggested-sell, the hammer of the gods, and the Christmas sweater — which one do you fear the most?

A Modest Christmas Wish
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 10 December 2010
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This one is for those who try and ruin Christmas for everyone. I am taking it on myself to douse you with a liberal helping of Christmas cheer whether you want it or not.

Christmas Cheer in Lower Queen Anne
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Posted in Seattle on 9 December 2010
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I lay my hat in Lower Queen Anne, where cohabiting young couples, daffy cat ladies and people who have made poor life choices meet. It’s also Seattle’s Christmas Central.

I Wanna Get Me a Nudie Suit
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 December 2010
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Even though things like sewing and embroidering don’t seem all that flashy, the mundanities of Nudie Cohn’s life are far more exciting than the highest points of mine.

What Have They Done to Bookstores?
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Posted in One Million Watts on 7 December 2010
Stats: 4,985 views and 2 Comments

I don’t need to tell you why bookstores are disappearing. Truthfully, the economics of it don’t interest me as much as where the introverts are supposed to go without them.