losing weight feels great
‘doodee mansion’ = ‘looks great mansion’
“TV reflects the reality that, aside from the odd internet genius, social mobility has come to a hobbled crawl in this country.
…you start out a socio-economic disadvantage in which the escalator steps of the past—going to college, working hard, setting aside money for the future—no longer address, because the escalator is broken.
Steady income doesn’t cut it anymore. Dual income barely cuts it anymore.
For underdog opportunists, there’s still money to be made—but on the sly, beneath the radar, practically off the grid—through the underground economy.”
—James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, April 2012
white oak tree at the end of the back nine, on a tour led by steven during the full moon on june 3/4th
men’s beauty and health
thursday night, men’s beauty and health
the side of my aunt’s ice manufacturing plant just outside of bangkok.
out of respect for my family that never gets to see me, i don’t smoke cigarettes in front of them. this leads to me getting super irritated with them over prolonged stretches. my dad’s family was originally from china so they’re prone to a style of conversation that involves yelling. sometimes my head would get in between an aunt and uncle discussing where to eat lunch, and i’d find myself in places like this to avoid snapping. i miss my family.
when you need to cut some water pipes but you can’t shut the water off to your building because the valve is in the basement and the basement is buried to the brim in concrete rubble—dry ice saves the day.
it’s so simple—freeze the water, cut the copper, find out that the valve you want to install is the wrong size, drive out to get another valve, get a flat tire, leave the car at an abandoned gas station, get picked up, wonder how anything ever gets done in this world, marvel at the beauty of sublimation, thank the dry ice again
‘imma give you a little more than you need, cuz we closing in five minutes. you wont be able to get more after you started—and if you don’t got enough…whooo, you be sittin in a fucked-up place!’
—dry ice tech at Fairway Packing, Eastern Market
additional advice: in an empty 2-liter bottle combine one part dry ice, two parts water, and enough space for gases to mix. after combining, run. cover your ears. the less people you tell you are doing this, the more likely someone will call the police. historic aftermath reports involve the kids hiding under beds, entire blocks of angry neighbors convening, and angrier wives chasing down chuckling perpetrators.