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  • Have You Picked Your Halloween Costume Yet?

    It’s September 6 and I still don’t have a Halloween costume. I’m entering panic mode. You see, I really enjoy dressing up each year, and put a great deal of time, effort, and money into pulling off the perfect costume. Unfortunately, this means I’ve set the bar very high. Last year, for example, I had two costumes. For the first—unveiled in New York City the weekend of Halloween—I was the...
  • L.B. + J.T.T. = 4EVER

    The most exciting part about getting a school locker was decorating the inside. It was your chance to say, “Hey world—this is me.” In middle school, “me” was someone who loved Jonathan Taylor Thomas. J.T.T. was adorable, but he also had an edge. He was the only intelligent son on “Home Improvement” and had the voice of an angel on “The Lion King” soundtrack. Homeboy’s got pipes. J.T.T. was, in...
  • An Apartment Tail: Fievel Goes to the Dumpster

    I’ve lived in an apartment for over three years now, so naturally I’ve learned a few tricks. Take pest management, for example. A few weeks ago my roommate thrust a chewed-up piece of saltwater taffy in my face, disrupting the quiet time I had requested while watching “Bachelor Pad.” She had discovered the gnawed taffy on the floor of her closet and could only assume one thing: we had a mouse....
  • My 2004 Laptop: The Little Computer That Could

    My mother is incredibly frugal. She hates to “waste” money on restaurant meals she can make at home, rarely grocery shops without coupons and drove her beaten-up 1996 Ford Windstar until it reached 200,000 miles and died on the side of the road. (According to my father, her side of the family likes to hold onto their vehicles until they “blow up.”)   For better or worse, I am my mother’s...

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