I got hit by a car while riding my bike. My knee smashed into the passenger side of the car, just above the wheel well, causing me to fly over my handlebars and land on the ground chin first. My left shoe flew off, and when I got my bearings I noticed the car that […]Read more "Throwback Rant: Getting Hit by a Car and the 2008 Financial Crisis"
It was 1994, the year of Ace Ventura and Forrest Gump. I was seven. Both movies had a profound impact on my highly impressionable mind. During the summer, I watched Forrest Gump daily—seriously, once every day. I eventually felt so inspired by the film that I decided to bring the VHS case of the film […]Read more "How I Became a Miami Dolphins’ Fan"
NOTE: When I woke up this morning I had an urgent email from my editor with a list of local citizens, who had participated in the marathon. “Other sites already have stories. The pressure is on,” she wrote. I cringed, knowing this was the kind of assignment I hate. The kind of assignment where basic […]Read more "Finding the Positive in Tragedy: The Boston Marathon Bombings"
There were two high-schoolers sitting right behind me—a guy and a girl. It was clearly a date, and the guy was trying way too hard to seem sophisticated. When the food came out he attempted to describe it as though he were an expert, but merely called it “rich” and “decadent” over and over. When […]Read more "Perfection"
The first time I saw Spirit Family Reunion was the product of total boredom and uselessness. I had surrendered to the notion that my day was to be spent in my underwear playing video games. Then my friend called and asked if I wanted to see Levon Helm in Woodstock, NY. It wasn’t much of […]Read more "Spirit Family Reunion: 2 Nights 1 Week"