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December 17, 2007 | life

Apart From the Occasional Shooting…

Finding an apartment in New York is hard. When I finally realized I was living beyond my means in my East Harlem apartment, I decided to take the plunge and look for the cheaper option of renting a room. It was highly likely that I would end up living with a lunatic, but it’s a...

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December 9, 2007 | life

A Guide to Englishism

As an English person living in North America, one thing that never fails to amaze me is the fascination Yanks and Canucks have with my accent. When I first moved here, the attention it garnered (not to mention the play from the fellas) was quite flattering. But now, it’s just annoying. Every time I open...

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December 6, 2007 | life

Boarding All Flights to Your Last Nerve

I make it through a crazy long check in line at JFK and move on to security where I’m chastised by a guard for not having my hair serum, deodorant and moisturizer in a clear bag. “Really,” she tells me “I should confiscate these right now.” “Why?” I ask. “What am I gonna do? Makeover...

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November 29, 2007 | life

The Onsen

When I was in Japan and heard about Onsens, I immediately wanted to go. Outdoor hot springs just sound so relaxing. Then my students told me you had to go nude. This threw me off somewhat. It seems very un-Japanese to get butt naked and frolic around in water. But whatever – I was down...

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November 28, 2007 | life

Citric Nightmare

I am anti-citrus. I hate it when I go to a bar, order my Diet Pepsi and some jumped up bar keep hurls a lemon or lime wedge in there with abandon. How about you ask me before you taint, what would have been, a thirst quenching, refreshing beverage with a chunk of sour, lip-pursing...

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November 24, 2007 | life

51 Things You Should Know About Me

1. I believe that any problem, no matter how big, can be solved over a good cup of tea. 2. I have a completely irrational fear of mobiles that hang over babies’ beds, wind chimes, things that go round and round in circles and toys that play music on repeat. 3. I can’t stand people...

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