#234 Super late night conversations with your best friend Jun01

#234 Super late night conversations with your best friend

I grew up in the burbs. Streetlights and neon signs scattered red and yellow glows on empty streets and dark houses. Going out late at night with friends meant entering small worlds in bedrooms and basements away from the emptiness of the outside. Whenever those hangouts finished the scene...

#235 Your thinking place May29

#235 Your thinking place

Your brain’s a drain. Yup, according to our egghead pals over at Wikipedia, although our brains are only 2% of our body weight they use somewhere in the neighborhood of 25% of our body’s energy. Now that’s a lot, especially when you consider the energy-hogging hearts, lungs,...

#236 When you hit that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading May28

#236 When you hit that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading

It happens out of nowhere. The pace picks up, stories twist together, and suddenly the book is stuck in your hands. Your eyeballs grow wide and the clock keeps ticking as you go deeper and deeper into the dark hole that sends you straight to the last page. You know you’ve hit that point...

#237 A friend calling just to say hi May27

#237 A friend calling just to say hi

Are you a robot? Sometimes I feel like one when I’m texting friends these days. My friendly hellos gets a bit sharp and edgy when they’re digitized in six-point font on tiny screens. Suddenly all the pleasant small talk in front of the conversation is chopped off with a hatchet...

#238 Sticking your foot in the door just before it closes May26

#238 Sticking your foot in the door just before it closes

Close call. You almost had to open that door from the fully-closed position. Hands on doorknobs, fingers on sweaty bacteria, we don’t want that. Good thing you wedged your sneaker in there before it shut completely and saved us alllllllll the hassle. AWESOME! — Email message...

#239 The bite with all the toppings May25

#239 The bite with all the toppings

Lettuce is overrated. Seriously, sandwich place — we don’t need a watery chompful of the pale green gratedness every time we bite into your squashed six-inch sub. Piling two handfuls on there like you’re setting up the stable with straw for the horse to give birth is too...

#240 Being single May22

#240 Being single

We see you, we hear you. We see those movie endings and we hear those greeting cards. We know the cheesy quotes and we sing those ballads at bars. We feel those preaching choirs and we read those magazine tips. We feel our parents pushing and we hear your chatty lips. Yes, we know having a...

#241 When everyone else you’re dining with at the restaurant agrees you made the best choice May21

#241 When everyone else you’re dining with at the restaurant agrees you made the best choice

Good work, Menu Detective. You finger-picked between standard options and boring choices to find that hidden gem of deliciousness hiding way down in the corner. Now when anyone asks about the food and nods politely you can smile a sneaky smile, clear your throat, wipe your napkin across your...

#242 When the mug in the microwave stops turning with the handle pointing towards you May20

#242 When the mug in the microwave stops turning with the handle pointing towards you

I own three bowls. I don’t really know why I only own three bowls but when I moved downtown two years ago I only had three bowls and I never bothered to bowl up. One for my cereal, one for my soup, and a spare in case of Emergency Ice Cream Sundaes. It’s seemed like a solid...

#243 Having a staring contest with a baby May19

#243 Having a staring contest with a baby

Because they don’t even know they’re playing. AWESOME! — Email message — “Over the summer our teacher read your book, now Room 10 at Waihi Beach School are creating the Kids 100 Awesome Things. The kids make suggestions, then vote for the most awesome...

#244 Kids helping their little brother or sister across the street May18

#244 Kids helping their little brother or sister across the street

Three cheers for brothers and sisters. There’s something beautiful about watching kids holding hands as they cross the street. You’re seeing someone small grow into someone tall. Those hands are the bridge from the stroller to the future, from walking with their parents to walking...

#245 Cool moms May15

#245 Cool moms

I love cool moms. When I was growing up there was a Sunny D commercial on TV where a gang of kids in backwards caps and jammer shorts roller skates home before helping mom bring in the groceries. When they go inside they search between a fridge packed with cola and purple stuff before pulling...