The Triumph of Neurosis Over Principle

You’re going to need a little nerd backstory on this one, so please bear with me. I’m going to tell you why I stopped collecting comic books. It wasn’t only because they became far too expensive a habit for me to sustain. It wasn’t only because my children were born and I suddenly had new priorities. These things may […]

For Sale: My Childhood – Cheap!

I couldn’t believe my eyes as I opened box after box of things that I had long thought lost. After being in storage for six years (and, let’s face it, in boxes unopened for much longer than that), I was finally sorting through what amounted to basically everything I have ever owned. Instantly transported back […]

How to Get (and Keep!) That New Car Gummy Worm Smell

I had the same first car twice. It was a red 1991 Mazda 323 hatchback and I loved it. After my brother destroyed the first one (although he will tell you that I destroyed it, a story for another day), I got another one just like it. Both of these cars were gifts from my […]

Why I Got Stopped For Driving While Black

I have had run-ins with the police before. Generally I am driving too fast, or have a headlight out, or am destroying the DC metro system (not that it needs any help), but almost all of these interactions have been, in a way, pleasant. I am polite to the officers, apologizing for my heinous crimes, […]

Superheroes I Have Been

I started out today with the intention of writing a Throwback Thursday post, because it’s been a while since I did one and I have done so many stupid things in my life that you will want to laugh at. But then I discovered that today is National Superhero Day. Seriously. That is a thing. […]

What I Learned About Representation From a Mistake I Made in College

There is something undeniably unsettling about having to represent someone whose views you disagree with. It seems wrong somehow, to not take a side. And yet part of the responsibility that comes with power is the burden of taking all sides into account. When a politician says “my constituents,” they shouldn’t just mean the people […]

I Was Kicked Off the D.C. Metro For Life. Twice.

The metro system used to close at midnight every single day of the week, including weekends. So it was when I was at school, and so it was when I begin my story. There also used to be no movie theaters in Georgetown or Foggy Bottom, so we movie buffs of The George Washington University […]

Photo Credit: Alexander Souvorov

Infamous Gigs – Revenge Singing Gone Wrong

I wasn’t sure if this was a package deal or not, but I had auditioned for this conductor in New York and I had been hired to both sing in a new opera, as well as for a special one-time only, one song concert of revenge, and so I agreed to do these things. Contracts […]

Throw-It-Back Thursday: Some Things Don’t Age Well

Sound the trumpets! Alert the Media! Throwback Thursday has returned! Today is the day (it only comes around once every seven!) on which we take the time to remember how wonderful things used to be, and how great everything was. You know. Back when everything was good. Of course sometimes we are wrong about that. Did you know that […]

First Kiss

I am here today, not to tell you about any of my children having their first kisses, because that is none of your business and if and when that happens I will probably not write about it under penalty of death. No, I am here because 19 years ago today, I kissed my wife for the […]