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laughing in the face of death
potentially stupid, definitely necessary
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
10.3.11 • CLASSIC

After an exhausting four-day combination conference/lost-weekend, one that required a lot of driving, I returned home, crashed, and woke the next morning to the news that my Grandmother had passed away a few hours earlier.

This was not unexpected. In fact, I had packed a suit on the trip just in case I got the call. She was 93, she had been ill, and although she was lucid, she was ready to go.

Oh, and everyone claims their Grandmother is a saint, but mine was indeed a saint. Saint Grandma.

She was the only grandparent I ever knew, she single-handedly raised my father and his brother when my Grandfather died shortly after returning from WWII. She also pitched in a lot when my own Mom got sick during my pre-teen years. I'm the oldest of four. Four hellions.

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let's make a deal?
paying a price for not paying the price
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
10.5.11 • CLASSIC

How many deals do we see a day, and how many do we need?

I opened one of my less-used email accounts the other day and was just floored. Somewhere along the way I got on the lists for buckets of these Groupon-type providers, and apparently they've been accruing for ages -- restaurant deals, shopping deals, drink deals, deals for classes and lessons and events and supplies. Bloomspot and Facebook deals and Swirl and some kind of random Amazon-in-your-face thing, and they just keep coming and coming.

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can't pretend that growing older never hurts
i was just thirty-four years old and i was still wandering in a haze
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
7.10.09 • CLASSIC

I feel old. Or, rather, I'm starting to feel my age. And it doesn't help that I keep getting reminded of it. Stop whining. No, seriously, I got a call yesterday from a friend with an extra ticket to see Cheap Trick, Poison, and Def Leppard last night. Needless to say, my response was something like, "[expletive deleted] yeah." And the show was excellent. I mean, I own nearly every song that was played (by all three bands), so it was a great time. And a little sad. It took all three of these

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my mother's daughter
reflecting on one day and two lifetimes
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
5.8.09 • CLASSIC

We walk the edge of the ocean, just beyond where the waves trickle and die against the sand. There are thick beach towels wrapped around each of our waists; actually, mine is around my waist and hers is cinched up higher. We both wear navy blue tank suits, and we both have dark wet hair, totally different shades when dry, but now, pushed back from our foreheads by salt water and a sprinkling of sand, it looks the same. We are the same. Once, we were so different. Worlds apart. But the olde

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the worry-free guide to impending fatherhood
just relax a little, asshole
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
1.6.12 • CLASSIC

It was almost exactly two years ago when I discovered I was going to be a father. My level of ignorance on the topic had me pretty nervous, but the nerves are natural. And kind of pointless. Because what I’ve learned after my first full year as a dad is that the key to being a good father is simply this: don't be an asshole.

Seriously. If you're already not an asshole, you can skip the rest of this (long) column because that's all there is to it. Congratulations! Go forth and multiply.

However, I was an asshole. And I didn't have much guidance when I became a dad. So I offer the following nine-item list (one for each month of pregnancy!) to all the assholes like me who need advice on getting through the nine or so months preceding the birth of the person who will most likely be your end (Oedipus!).

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tri, tri again
preparing for a triathlon
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: sports
6.30.10 • CLASSIC

January: Get this wild idea I’m going to bike 25 miles in less than two hours in a triathlon competition. I’ve been riding a new bike for about eight months, my average speed is 9 mph, I have a bad knee, asthma, and a little more weight than I prefer, but I’m going to do this thing. Not the whole triathlon solo, because I have some frame of sanity, but the bike portion. So, I need to form a team. January-February: Look for a runner and a swimmer. My personal trainer, Barb, offers to be my runn

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l.a. law
down and out with the boys in blue
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
6.14.10 • CLASSIC

1. Being a police officer is not easy. More often than on most jobs, the worst of humanity rears its ugly head and a slight lapse in judgment could be the difference between life and death. I have always believed that the police should be like the military -- shorter terms of service, more frequent re-assignments to different regions of the city, more emphasis on maintaining physical fitness -- as the stress of such a job can easily drive someone insane. And that's not a good

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it's getting pretty hot here
an interview with tash bennett
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.17.10 • CLASSIC

Unless you're a firefighter, odds are you'll probably never find yourself aiming a hose at a tree burning dangerously close to an apartment building. And even if you did find yourself in this situation, odds are that you wouldn't be half naked. But that's exactly the situation 27 year-old fitness instructor, Tash Bennett, of Darwin, Australia, found herself in last week. First reported by the Northern Territory News, Bennett was tanning by the pool and listening to her iPod when, according

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ignorance should never be bliss
three simple ways to be a better consumer
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
8.26.09 • CLASSIC

It doesn't matter which position you hold in what company, you have customers. You make call them clients, consumers, readers or passengers, but they're all making a choice, and they chose YOU. But this column isn't about how to give great customer service. There are many hundreds of webpages, columns and seminars out there dedicated purely to that. In fact, teaching companies how to Give Great Customer Service is an industry of its own. I'd like to take a moment to focus on how to be a bet

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is enough indeed enough?
an open letter to roman polanski
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
5.21.10 • CLASSIC

Dear Mr. Polanski, Although I haven't seen most of your movies, you had me at Death and the Maiden. You made a huge impression on my then-eighteen year-old mind, for I've never forgotten the intense, confrontational tone of your film. However, with how I generally remember your name, I think you would have liked me better if I was underage- then and now. Though your 1977 transgression occurred long, long ago, your name is back in the news because of a freshly revealed instance of past misc

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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the 2008 beer in review
a look at the year in suds
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
12.22.08 • CLASSIC

What a year for beer. Both the business and the beverage have seen spectacular things happen in 2008, from the birth of the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, to the death of Zima and one of craft beer's evangelists. Beer has watched the economy tank around it and proved itself to be recession-proof. Finally, with the holidays only days away, beer has shown that it really is for every time of year. Big Brew Stop me if you've heard this one: Q: Why is American beer like making l

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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the elevator superhero
captain america goes to portland
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
4.20.12 • CLASSIC

The morning we're leaving for our family trip to Portland, Maine, my son discovers one of the hiding places where I've (obviously) failed to conceal an open Amazon box containing two kick ass 10" Marvel action figures. Through the open cardboard flap, he spies a Captain America shield, barely visible through the packaging - but it's enough to send him flying down the stairs yelling "DADDY DADDY I SEE CAPTUM ANMERICA CAN I HAVE HIM!?

He's three this month, and there's just no postponing gratification - birthday or not - when a toy of this caliber is unearthed. If he'd dug a little deeper, he would've seen the brain-melting awesomeness of the accompanying Iron Man figure. Luckily, I get to save that one for his big day.

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re: irrussistible
I am not going to read it this time. I do and I just cannot pull myself together to comment. It is a beautiful tribute. I am very glad that you wro...

re: guns don't kill people....
Can we please find a way to heal and protect? I NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary sc...

re: a year without netflix
I would expect that and especially Netflix. Marketing, baby. They're spending zillions to get new subscribers....

re: everybody poops
What a bunch of crap! :-D Sorry. I tried to let it pass. Butt I'm weak. [edited]...

re: you are on your own heroes journey
Too short. Sigh. Thanks Maigen. I just miss him. I am glad that I can find people who cared deeply for him here. He had such good friends here!...


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