Month: February 2015

Making Friends Through Cartwheels

We’re practicing cartwheels on the sidewalk. It’s past midnight. We’ve played mini-golf in a bar with sculptures of dead presidents. Partied on all five stories of a five story club. Lost friends to drunken dance floors, surprise staircases, and the promise of doner kebab. Cartwheels seem appropriate, like how catching a cab or finding water would be appropriate to individuals…

Family Dinner

The whole family is getting pizza. Communal dining is the standard at this restaurant. Tables are long and picnic, like in a Munich beer hall. We wait awkwardly among the seated patrons for a table to open up, specifically a table large enough for an extended family of 11. I hover near a potential group as they vaguely clean plates,…

Dinosaur Excellence Program

Dear Mr. Rutlicker Thank you for taking the time to talk to me yesterday morning about the Dinosaur Excellence Program. I really appreciated our discussion about dinosaurs and I’m thrilled to potentially be a part of such a prestigious program in the field of researching why dinosaurs are so cool. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve spent almost my entire life…