I Went to a Toy Collector Show. Here is the Play by Play.

This weekend, I went to a huge indoor toy collector show at the state fairgrounds. My relationship to collecting has changed greatly over the last few years. As long time readers will remember, this blog used to heavily feature collecting and my thoughts on the acquired objects. What changed? Only everything. We had two kids. … More I Went to a Toy Collector Show. Here is the Play by Play.

I Had a Rare Childhood Anxiety Disorder Where I Didn’t Talk. I Talk Now. Here’s What I Have to Say About It.

Outside of my immediate family, I didn’t speak a word to other humans until I was twelve. I had selective mutism. I didn’t have a name for this condition until I was in my late-twenties, dating my now-wife. When I met her, she worked with people with cognitive disabilities, and would go on to become … More I Had a Rare Childhood Anxiety Disorder Where I Didn’t Talk. I Talk Now. Here’s What I Have to Say About It.

I Had a LiveJournal Friend. She’s Now a Massively Famous Author. This is a Feeling.

I had an emo livejournal friend in the early 2000s. She is now a lauded, award-winning author. A National Book Award finalist. Her debut novel is being developed into a “Black Mirror-esque” television series. Entertainment Weekly writes feature articles about her. She’s written for the New Yorker. She gets her own sidebar profile when you … More I Had a LiveJournal Friend. She’s Now a Massively Famous Author. This is a Feeling.

I Saw From Justin to Kelly in the Theater. This is my Story.

In 2003, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini appeared in a contractual obligation disguised as a film. From Justin to Kelly was a Bacchanalia of white boy rapper sidekicks, bucket hats, pukka shell necklaces, sincere uses of the word “posse,” towel dance choreography, bare midriffs, and whipped cream bikini contests.  Looking back … More I Saw From Justin to Kelly in the Theater. This is my Story.

The Payless Eulogy

Payless ShoeSource is closing nationwide. I’ve reached the point in my life where all deaths make me sad. People deaths, snackcake deaths, store deaths, the weird warm day in the sixties a few days after it snows, melting that last patches of sludgey snow deaths. There was the death of the behemoth Toys R Us, … More The Payless Eulogy