Monthly Archives: August 2011

Why you should talk to strangers at a parade (Part II)

Once upon a time, it was Labo(u)r Day in Canada-land, and I was moving in to a house with people I had found on the internet to start my MA program at Carleton University. After a whirlwind tour of the … Continue reading

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How To Be a Good Friend & Country(wo)man

For various legitimate reasons more scandalous than I care to explain in a public forum, my MIL has some slight distrust of “those Americans.” Specifically, she has a small (and largely justified if you take the perspective of a 60-something … Continue reading

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Why you should talk to strangers on the L in Chicago (Part I)

There are lots of reasons you shouldn’t talk talk to strangers, perhaps the most pressing of which is the risk of having a full-length feature movie made about your experience featuring characters sporting costumes from the [19]90s (nice Canadian tuxedo, … Continue reading

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Famous last words (in pictures)

Since last week’s story was such a hit, I thought I’d share my sister’s sequentially artistic rendition of the events, created during our wait at Redamak’s.

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Edna Tohulka’s 1952 Diary

My grandma on my mom’s side liked to keep things. Scratch that, she liked to keep EVERY thing. This meant that cleaning out her house was a fascinating undertaking that resulted in the discovery of at least six separate sets … Continue reading

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Famous last words…

It was a sunny summer day on August 7, 2011. There was a light breeze in the trees, and the waves in the water at the family summer house rippled ever so slightly, beckoning boaters to bask in the luxuriantly … Continue reading

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Internet Fights!!!?!?!?!?! or “Chill out and eat a sandwich.”

As an aspiring researcher of visual culture – with a particular emphasis on cartography, comics, cartoons, and Awesome Things – I try to stay hip and current with the ongoing discussions in areas I find interesting, like COMICS!!! So I … Continue reading

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Grad school is for fools!(?)

There are lots of opinions on the topic of grad school as foolery. Lots and lots and lots. Here are two of my favorites, not necessarily in order of preference: – The sardonic take in video form – The optimistic … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Round 2: Cheesteaks for the Win

The Pat’s versus Geno’s debate rages on, but Jim Jim and I have made up our minds. The day started out with bright lights in the big city of Philadelphia. We walked up to the counter and ordered. To be … Continue reading

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