I have one thing I feel very fortune is that you not been ruin by me!– Mama Chao
Russia Observation #2
The money changing place near Evan’s house only takes pristine money—no tears, nicks, or marks allowed. And don’t you dare hand the money lady a crumpled bill—she’ll push that Andrew Jackson right back under the bulletproof glass. Russian people also hate making change. The woman at Saint Isaac’s Cathedral refused to take my 1000 ruble note claiming that she...
Russia Observation #1
When Russians get on and off the Metro, they are so quiet you can actually hear individual people’s footsteps. They also whisper at the grocery store.
I spy with my little eye...
Things I witnessed today: Black cat perched on man’s shoulder as he walked down the street Flea market on the wrong side of the tracks Ballet dancers prancing on a canal bridge Young Russian guy putting on a full-body dog suit while parked on a busy street Pigeon tearing apart a hunk of raw meat
in case you were wondering
Allen: How's being vegetarian there?
Daily Chao: awful
i ate THE WORST THING today
it was a bun with cheese in it
but it had some kind of weird cream cheese or mayonnaise spread inside
i almost threw up!
i am going to nap. it's exhausting just thinking about that shit.
Earlier that day I tried to order food on my own for the first time...
Daily Chao: Do you speak English?
Food Cart Girl: No. Only Russian.
Cart Boy: Yes. What would you like?
Daily Chao: I am a vegetarian. Do you have anything with no meat (makes "no" hand gesture)
Cart Boy: We have hot dog. Is good?
White Night Approaches
It’s almost midnight in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and the sky is still blue—not the bright blue of morning but definitely not the dark cover of night. Milky twilight; I finally understand what Sixpence None the Richer was getting at. It’s been a disorienting 32 hours. Yesterday, I woke up at 4:40 am to catch the first BART to the airport. I sat on a plane, then raced through...
The U.S. city with the highest per-capita food... →
With its thriving music and food scene, the Texas capital is growing bigger each year. And despite its low cost of living, the average budget for food and drink is surprisingly large. Guest Eater Vicky checks in with several Austin foodies to learn more about eating out in “the live music capital of the world.” I’ve crazy-busy lately, and here’s one of the things I’ve been doing...
One of the problems with the idea that America needs a ‘Conversation On Race’ is...– Ta-Nehisi Coates (via theatlantic)
The real example of courage in this story, however, comes from Portman’s son...– Portman’s op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch (and the attached New Yorker write-up) almost made me cry. While there are political gains to be made for the Republican party with this statement, it really comes down to every child’s anxiety about disappointing his/her parents. There was a...
I don’t know what the upside to living near the local high school is, though I’m sure it exists, but I know that the Saturday morning drumline practice is an identifiable downside.
My gay boyfriend (his chosen label, not mine) is...
me: make monday over please
oh, look! it's monday morning at 6 am!
time to wake up, honeybunny!
i made you eggs and toast!
and here are some fresh cut flowers!
You Are Boring
yourmonkeycalled: Here’s the full text of a piece I wrote for The Magazine a few months ago. I really enjoyed writing it, and would like to thank Marco once again for publishing it there. If you haven’t checked out The Magazine yet, you should. Anyway, here’s why you’re a total snooze: Everything was going great until you showed up. You see me across the crowded room, make your way over, and...
Gonna be a millionaire
New business idea: go to the DMV early and get a number. Sell that number for $100 to an impatient San Franciscan. Repeat
[dogs and boys can treat you like trash. and dogs do love trash] dogs and boys...– D.A. Powell
Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which... →
It still blows my mind that German is better for discussing philosophy than English—I almost didn’t believe it when my high school Latin teacher shared that fun fact. Now, having lived abroad and been in contact with a lot more non-Americans, I totally get that some words have no direct English translation. It explains why I always did well in language classes (I can conjugate the shit...
One Nation, Under the Gun
newyorker: Read “Battleground America,” by Jill Lepore, on the insanity of America’s gun laws: http://nyr.kr/IEycKs
The police took us out of the school. We were told to hold each others’...– 9-year-old child to The Hartford Courant So what’s next? What can you (or we or someone) do for these kids, or any kids who experience violence?
Ok non-Christian parents...
I’m not a mom, at least not yet and possibly not ever, but my favorite mommy-blogger Marianna raises a common parenting question with bigger philosophical implications: how do you reconcile different visions of truth? fullydomesticated: How have you explained Santa to your kids? We are Jewish and don’t do anything even remotely Christmas related. Our little guy just started talking about...