Hey, Girly Girl: How To Turn a Hero Into a Heel in < 5 Minutes

I recently saw The Music Man for the first time. (I’ve lived in Des Moines for three years, and there seems to be an unspoken rule that you can’t really call yourself an Iowan until you’ve seen a community theater group sing “Iowa Stubborn.”) I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but it was reasonably …

Let’s Do This

I’ve been sharing random details about my situation as they were relevant, but I think it’s time to tell the complete story. The TL;DR version is short. My job has ended, and I’m looking for something new. If you want the rest of the context, keep reading after the jump. …

I Win At Shelter

I flew to Des Moines last Sunday, having given myself roughly 10 days to find a place to live.   It took less than 24 hours.   Because I live in the future, I’d done some looking online before I left Philly. I was mostly trying to get a sense …

Regional Speech Chronology

In Philadelphia, I don’t talk particularly fast. My speaking isn’t exactly languorous, but neither is it frantic, and it’s slowed down a bit as I’ve consciously started trying to eliminate the “ums” and the “likes” and other verbal pauses from my speech. I’m taking time to think about my words, …