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  • Leasing From a Pub: Differences in the Global Housing Market

    A few days into my trip to Ireland—a five-month period of “self reflection” otherwise known as a vacation—my friends and I needed a place to rent. The hostel we were staying in served free breakfast, but we also had to wear flip-flops in the shower to avoid contracting Athlete’s foot. After making a few phone calls, we agreed to tour a home for rent on the outskirts of town. The address was 4...
  • QR Codes: Mystery Dum Dums for the 21st Century

    Cream soda Dum Dum lollipops don’t excite me as they once did—mostly because I am no longer 5 and I want a treat larger than my thumb nail—but when I see a Mystery Flavor floating around in a bag of boring oranges and strawberries, I have to open it. On a good day, my curiosity is rewarded with an exotic taste concoction other than the company’s 16 traditional flavors. German chocolate cake,...
  • When You Are Too Old for Trick-or-Treating

    It was Halloween freshman year of college. Most of my dormmates were stripping down to bits of string and cloth—items that, put together, would only pass for a “costume” at a nudist colony (or college)—and going to a party off-campus. I, on the other hand, was adjusting my bonnet—the final touch of my Martha Washington ensemble—and doing a few calisthenics in preparation for two grueling hours...
  • Grandmothers and Cars: Things You Can Plug Into a Wall

    At the age of six or seven, I watched the movie “The Electric Grandmother.” It was a film that would shake me to my core. The 1982 horror movie masquerading as a “touching” made-for-TV special is about a family of children who learn to cope with the death of their mother in the most heartwarming and logical of ways: they go to a factory and order an electric (read: android freak) grandmother to...

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