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I’ve been lucky, healthwise. Like anyone else, I get sick from time to time. I’ve dealt with depression, as I’ve written about before. But I’ve basically been healthy my whole life. (I am knocking on wood as I write this.) Sometimes I’ve felt really, really bad. Depression will do that. As will the flu and […]

Satisfying Snow

We had a very satisfying snow today. It feels like it’s been years since we’ve had one. Given that so many people wrongly believe that they don’t like snow, I thought it may be worthwhile explaining what makes a snow satisfying. For starters, there has to be enough snow for it to be a satisfying […]


I know, I know, smoking is bad for you. It yellows teeth, it makes your breath and hair stink, it causes cancer and other diseases, and all other manner of problems. It also looks cool as hell. That’s not an endorsement of smoking, but just an acknowledgement that some of the coolest people (see above) […]

Training the Very Best

My son is pretty good at videogames. Honestly, he’s really good. I didn’t realize it until a couple of years ago, but he’s been better than me at games for most of his life. To quote the great Son Goku, he’s like, a hundred times stronger than I was at his age. In fact, he’s […]


The political left has an anti problem. They are anti lots and lots of things: antifascism, antiracism, anticapitalism, antiwar, anticorruption, and on and on and on. All those antis are fine (although some are more fine than others), but I think they form a large part of the left’s branding problem. The right is anti […]

That’s Physical Education to You

Gym Teac Sorry, physical education professionals are not given the respect they deserve. There’s the old joke, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym.” Nothing could be further from reality, though. Despite the spoofs and stereotypes, they quietly do about the most difficult job in education. Let’s start […]

I’ve Reached a Plateau

I play fighting games pretty seriously. I’ve been dedicated to getting better at them ever since my uncle double-perfected me in Street Fighter 2 back in 1993. And while I’ve never been the best, I’ve been pretty good at the various fighting games I’ve played over the years and felt like I could at least […]


Before college, the longest amount of time I’d ever spent outside of Connecticut was nine consecutive days. I knew that things were different in other places, but I still took it for granted that I could get all the stuff I knew in Connecticut pretty much anywhere I might go. I didn’t go very far […]

My Christmas Wish

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to be about peace on earth or anything like that. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting peace on earth. On some level, I do, but it’s a very vague, diffused feeling. It’s not a real wish. I always feel like it’s a cheat when people say they wish for […]

Elf on the Shelf

I work in a school. One of the students was telling me all about her family’s Elf on the Shelf. He’s apparently very silly. He hides in the dog’s bed, hangs from the light fixtures, and even hung out in the microwave one morning. That sounds dangerous to me, but who am I to tell […]