Category: pain

  • Stumped


    I don’t mean to co-opt his story. Then again, no story — even if its cast is a single character — can be told without rubbing up against someone else’s story. Indeed, even when there is only one character in a narrative, the way that person behaves, the choices he or she makes — those […]

  • Ouchie-ooh-la-loobie-ding-dat

      After a particularly hardcore session of Webkinz, during which he mined for precious gems, tackled fairies in the Charm Forest, and added a new trellis to his platypus’ yard, Wee Niblet stood up and staggered away from the computer. Leaning uncomfortably against the bed, he groused, “My legs fell asleep.” “Eep opp ork ahah, […]

  • Flaking and Cursing

      Thanks to Jesus and his lot–and Lot’s Wife–I need some new swears. If it weren’t for them and all their high-fallutin’ “Biblical history,” I probably would never have heard of the Dead Sea and its abrasive salts. Which means I wouldn’t use sea salt in my homemade olive oil/cedar essence/sea salt body scrub that […]

  • “You Finish My Post” Here are some photos from the big race this past weekend (I’m in the blue shirt, #2409). Because I was in a state of severe oxygen debt, I have no recollection of a single thought in my head. So you tell me: what was I thinking, as I tripped through the […]

  • The Wisdom Is Not Actually IN the Teeth

    “The Wisdom Is Not Actually in the Teeth” A couple of weeks ago, Groom, at age 36, had two wisdom teeth extracted. Since he’d had the bottom teeth taken out during college, he had only the top two with which to contend. One of his top buckers had emerged from the gum and, with no […]