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One Headlight

Tony pointed out this weekend that one of my headlights was burned out. I drove all the way from KC to Manhattan with one headlight which went alright — I was more worried that I was going to run out of gas.

So last night I went to Wal*Mart to ...

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Granny Tranny

Another gem from my Psych professor, two days ago: … you’d have to get a bunch of dead transexuals. I’ll leave this one ambiguous too, because it might be fun to put it in some kind of context of your own.

But more to the point, the topic was ...

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Meet: My Newest Nephew

Tony & Kate sent out an email today saying: **We had a successful sonogram today. It’s a healthy little boy! All the parts appear to be there and in running order, and he and his mommy are in good health.

He was a little reserved at first, hiding his face ...

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Apologies, Things I’ve Forgotten, and Other Reasons You Can Bite Me

I don’t ramble enough. In the good ol’ days, I’d sit down and punch out some daily ramblings almost every day, no matter how dull or narcissistic the subject happened to be. These days, though, I have to ford the cobwebs just to begin. I’m not lingering ...

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Slut

As you might know, I’m taking a class called “Psychology of Sexual Behavior” and yesterday we had our first exam.

And as much as it surprises me, it was the first time I’ve ever taken a multiple-choice exam where one of the answer choices was “slut.”

It’s ...

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Clearance!

If you look close, the faded signature is mine saying, “Oh please oh please let me graduate! It’s only fair! I’ve done my time.” And that other one is a signature from a dean saying, “Sure Josh, go right ahead. You may graduate.”

And so it is.

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Fourth Down

Two Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

I had an extended holiday at home this weekend, with my entire family (which seems bigger and crazier every time). It doesn’t happen very often — maybe three or four times a year — so I was sure to try to spend some quality time with my siblings and the little ...

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Eulogy

I lost a childhood friend this week. Actually, things started to get bad few weeks ago and had progressed so quickly that there was no stopping it. And now he’s gone. He was my very age and even had a twin. It’s all rather tragic.

The thing is ...

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Cats

I guess I’m just not a cat person.

Last night my parents and Bryan & I went to see Cats, the musical, at Starlight. I’d never seen it before and was really pretty excited about getting my chance (since it’s no longer on Broadway), but I guess I ...

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Blockbuster Movie Pass

You might call me a bit of a movie enthusiast. I’m a fan and a critic and I’m pretty picky about what I like. My all-time faves seem to be in a narrow vein — generally movies by the Coen Brothers, Anderson Brothers, Charlie Kaufman or those lesser-knowns who ...

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Wakarusa Festival

Last Thursday my cousin Adam and I headed up to Clinton Lake at Lawrence for a weekend of hippies, music, camping, sun, music, and some fun, lazy summer days. We got it all — more of some than others, actually — as well as some things we didn’t necessarily expect. Drug ...

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Slumber Party” Would Not Be a Good Name for a Bull

I had a bit of a slumber party last night when Angie and Sarah stayed over. Angie was in town for a wedding (for her freshman roommate, the one year she went to school here), and Sarah was staying so we could get an early start towards Kansas City today ...

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Marathon for Arthritis

My brother Tony is going to run a marathon. On October 10, he’s running the 26.2 miles of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon.

I have made him a respectable site so he can keep a journal documenting his training and fundraising efforts. Go visit it and, if you ...

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Cereal Innovation

I eat a lot of cereal. I’ve watched billions of variations of cereals come and go. These variations tend to be just minor color or shape changes to existing cereals (e.g. Lucky Charms adding Pink Hearts, Purple Horseshoes, Blue & Yellow Moons; Red & Orange Balloons, Blue, Yellow & Pink Rainbows ...

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The Mighty No Sho

When I was much younger my brother Tony told me about this soap that you could take on camping trips that could be used for almost everything. “Dishes, clothes, soap, shampoo, everything really,” he said.

Even toothpaste?“, I wondered.

Last week I found some of this vegetable-based all-purpose soap at ...

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Riparian Riders

Because I’ve been known to come up with some moderately adventurous ideas and follow-through on them, this should come as no surprise. It is, naturally, what’s next. And if you’ve been keeping up with my Ramblings (and you have, haven’t you?) you’ll already know that ...

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Attention Wal*Mart Shopper

I couldn’t help but notice you in the dairy section of the supermarket tonight. The skill and finesse with which you maneuvered your shopping cart has left a profound impact on me. I will come to expect much greater things of people as they wangle their way through those ...

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Stories from an iPod User

The iPod is a glorious gadget. It’s essentially an entire music library in the space of a deck of cards. Oh yeah: and you can play Solitaire on it. But there are some serious issues with the iPod that should be addressed here. I’m not referring to the ...

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Apocalypse Aggie Station Redux

Exactly a year ago, Aggie Station was gutted by a raging fire. I wrote about it quite eloquently the day it happened, the day after some of my dear friends and I had been out drinking there. Maybe it’s sacred ground, or maybe it’s merely a coincidence, but ...

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Before the Deluge

These days, I’m drowning in new music. I’ve always challenged myself in discovering the best, new music before they become mainstream, before they’re pop, and I’ve been quite successful in the past (the most recent: Jason Mraz; the most overwhelmingly successful: Dave Matthews Band), but I ...

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