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Eat your wedding cake, too

A Penny for your Bullshit

Does anyone remember the 2008 election? Were you there? I thought you looked familiar. Do you remember whom you voted for? It’s OK — now that the election’s over, you can tell me. You voted for Barack Obama? Nice! Do you remember that wave of hope and optimism that everyone —
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I now pronounce you arranged

Stale Off the Boat

Imagine an interrogation room — cold, dark, fraught with fear. There’s nothing but a dim light, a steel table and the world’s most uncomfortable chair. There sits a beautiful bride to be, fully adorned and anxiously staring at a two-way mirror, waiting for others to decide her fate. Behind the
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The first time I accidentally saw a burlesque show

First Timers

Is it empowering or objectifying to be hired by the office of the mayor to dance naked before a crowd? Six days ago, I accidentally saw a burlesque show on a public lawn in San Francisco with my roommate from Chicago and a sea of old men. I wore chunky
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Anger’s sneaky cousin

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Wrath: strong, stern or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire.” The best way in which people express wrath is through long-winded, ridiculous and negative restaurant reviews on Yelp. If you should ever find yourself reading them, it is a beautiful part of the Internet. Another great place to find honest,
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Off the beat: Taking things for granted

“Stop taking things for granted.” Although I have heard this phrase for years, it never really hit home until I moved to the United States in 2011 from my hometown of Bangkok. It was my first time living abroad for an extended period of time, and it was life changing
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Pour your own damn tea, man

Stale Off the Boat

I scrunched my forehead, and my palms turned into fists — not because we were riding on rocky terrain and I was on the brink of spewing my dinner all over the car floor, but because of my uncle’s comment: “If I had a daughter, I wouldn’t send her to school,”
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Nice weather we’re having

A Penny for your Bullshit

Looking into the warm Berkeley skies, you have to wonder at the idea of June Gloom. The paradise days of late spring leading up to the summer season have always been my favorite time of year — not only for the meteorological bliss but for the peace and tranquility that
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The lustful celibates

Deadly Sins of Berkeley

“Lust (n.): intense sexual desire or appetite.” My first kiss was awkward, weird and horrible. It wasn’t really enjoyable for either party. I may or may not have farted directly after it. I definitely felt inept. It was, without a doubt, a disaster. But it was necessary. Imagine if I
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My first crippled groceries

First Timers

As a 20-year-old, I value self-sufficiency. As a woman with physical disabilities, I value autonomy. As an individual with cerebral palsy, I value physical agency — it is integral to my sense of self. I don’t often ask for help. I often struggle to separate the idea of a helping
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A fluff piece part 2: The unfluffiness of depression

A Penny for your Bullshit

Last we spoke, I was spouting off about my cat. I described in gratuitous detail how Lump landed in my life, but I skirted around the reason for my hasty decision to adopt her, making only a cursory mention of my depression before digressing into a narrative. Now it’s time
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