Tag: Lists

10 Reasons to Dislike the Winter Olympics

I’ve watched the Sochi Winter Olympics almost religiously these past two weeks and, well, it’s getting to me. Let’s be clear – I do love the Olympics. I think the sports are kooky and delightful, the commentators amusing, the stadiums architecturally fascinating. But in my forty-odd viewing hours, I’ve arrived at a few significant gripes. 1. It’s not actually winter…

2024 Grammy Award Winners

It’s been a grand year for music. I’ve heard several sounds – definitely at least four. One was like a BOOM noise and there was also this clap, I guess? Maybe you guys heard those sounds too? They were pretty okay. If you’re curious, you can listen to a bunch of them right here on this very site. Even without…

Five Ways for a Gentile to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

Once in a coon’s age (which literally translates to 77,798 years), the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. This clash of ancient religion and modern gluttony is fascinating in how it’s largely been embraced by today’s culture – enough to bestow upon the event the mouthful of a portmanteau, “Thanksgivukkah.” Or “Chanksgiving” if you’re a hipster. But I’m not…

25 Goals For My 25th Year

Turns out, I’m aging, at least by your crude human measurements. I’ve spent twenty-four “years” on this warm rock in space and, barring any surprises tomorrow, am about to embark on my twenty-fifth. A quarter century complete, feels fairly monumental by caveman standards. Is everything after this just a victory lap? Or is it time for some kind of age-related…

New York New Year – Part 2

We had good reason to be hungry enough for multiple servings of Korean BBQ (See previous update!). Between Saturday and Monday, we toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History, which contain, collectively, 127 billion miles of hallways. Among the more memorable items: Dozens of horrifying, immense statues that loomed unexpectedly around every corner. The recreation…