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The Glamorous Life, on the Road
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 June 2010
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In another town, in another anonymous hotel room. It doesn’t matter where because they’re all the same anyway: floral bedspreads with who knows what kind of history embedded in them.

Support Your Independent Record Store
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 April 2010
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Your neighborhood record store is operated not by a surly, disengaged elitist, but by someone who chose art over commerce. You should give them your business.

Terrible, Terrible Children: Teaching in South Korea
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 April 2010
Stats: 80,381 views and 15 Comments

Bill Cosby was right: Kids do say the darndest things. They also say the cruelest and most twisted-est things. And they draw them. That’s me: “Grosoper,” the hairy pig-man.

When You Wish Upon a Hotline
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 6 April 2010
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“Wishes don’t do anything,” my dad said. “If you want something, you need to make it happen yourself.” So I decided to become a fortune teller.

The Short and Merry Life of a Movie Critic
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 2 March 2010
Stats: 49,845 views and 5 Comments

In August 2001 I became the movie critic for a daily newspaper, despite the fact that I didn’t know from German Expressionism and had no special love for “Citizen Kane.”

Coffeehouse WiFi: Do’s and Don’ts
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Posted in Seattle on 11 February 2010
Stats: 3,359 views and 2 Comments

I have a dedicated home office, where lives a rustic Dell and two cats engaged in an endless screaming match. But if I actually want to get a lot of work done, I pack up and head to the nearest coffeehouse.

Remembering Fairfax: Dachau Survivors, Bob Dylan and Falafel
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 9 February 2010
Stats: 20,081 views and 6 Comments

For about five years during the 1970s, a square mile of earth in Hollywood, CA., centered around North Fairfax Avenue between Beverly and Melrose, saw an amazing confluence of people passing through.

Aloha from the Lido Deck
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 January 2010
Stats: 5,019 views and 3 Comments

I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that I will be working on a cruise ship sailing around the Hawaiian islands for the next five months. I give thanks, thinking that somewhere an out-of-work actor is waiting tables and a patron is threatening to get him fired.

Just Smile and Nod
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Posted in One Million Watts on 9 December 2009
Stats: 12,180 views and 1 Comment

In the midst of this holiday season, many people get panicked at the last minute. This is when consumers are especially susceptible to a subtle yet effective selling technique. Resist, if you can, the Sullivan Head Nod.

Skating on Thick Ice: The Life and Times of a Plastic Ice Princess
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 December 2009
Stats: 5,553 views and 6 Comments

Like so many little girls, I was bedazzled by the world of figure skating. I braved the cold rink at 5 a.m. to jump and spin until I dizzy and disoriented. Finally, I got a chance to join an ice show — without the actual ice.