Protip

If you are in a gas station convenience mart at 1:00 in the afternoon, and woman enters wearing a terrycloth bathrobe and slippers, having left a 1989 Chevy Blazer idling five feet from the front doors, it's best not to position yourself between her and the cigarettes.

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Back in the Day When We All Thought We’d Die

I have a love-hate relationship with KNHC, Seattle's local "dance music" radio station. Well, honestly, it's more love-love (though that fact alone induces in me no small amount of self-loathing). The music these guys play is to street cred what plaque is to tooth enamel, and yet I can't help but tune in from time to time. C89 was, after

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Superhero Movie Pet Peeves

This post contains massive spoilers for Iron Man, and pretty much every other superhero movie of the last two decades. Reverse-FlashHarnessing the power of dumbAs I mentioned in my review, I thought the new Iron Man movie was fantastic ... except for the parts that involved Iron Man, which lacked a certain je ne sais quoi (French for "Robert Downey

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Social Skills

Raising an autistic child is a little different than raising a neurotypical. For instance, the other day The Queen and I had this exchange:Me: Squiggle is getting really good at talking to strangers. The Queen: I know, isn't it great?And today there was this:Me: How was the library? The Queen: Okay, but there was little boy about Squiggles age playing

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Heavy Petting

  These Fancy Feast commercials are essentially porn movies for lonely librarians. The idea that your cat would condescend to sit in your lap and be cuddled after receiving some cod-flavored glop is about as far-fetched as the Comcast guy having sex with a beautiful woman because he fixed her cable.

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God Bless Ye Merry Syngamy …

If life begins at conception as so many evangelicals insist, shouldn't we be celebrating Christmas around April Fool's Day, when the Big Guy first knocked Mary up? Update: Apparently it's called Annunciation and falls on March 25th. Man, those Christians think of everything! For the whole day celebrants mark the occasion by writing sentences without periods

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