i tried to like atlantic city
Recently I went to Atlantic City to see the rodeo. I was excited by such a weird mash-up of cultures: cowboys! mobsters! New Jersey! Also, I was hoping to find a way to like Atlantic City. I’d been there once before, and found it depressing. I thought I could change my opinion about the place, because I have hope, which incidentally is what’s missing from Atlantic City. I had no idea I had such...
this ain’t my first rodeo (yes it is)
Recently, I went to my first rodeo. Obviously, the rodeo was held at the Atlantic City Boardwalk, because when you think of casinos and New Jersey, you of course also think of livestock and bareback bronco riding. Rodeos are amazing! You get to watch grown men compete against each other in an obsolete way of life, doing things cowboys did centuries ago. It would be like watching women compete...
i will never take maple syrup for granted again
Recently I had the good fortune to go to Killington, Vermont. I’d like to be the kind of person who goes on a ski trip and actually skis—because people who do things requiring gadgets and balance and adrenaline are so cool—but in reality, I’m the gal who gets fired up about the New England Maple Museum and hopes they have free samples. Killington is a neat place to be if you’re afraid of skiing,...
i’m becoming bizarrely defensive of the USPS
Update: our tax dollars do not go to the USPS. Thanks, Chris and Ilya and Ken! Had no idea how much I didn’t know about the USPS. Recently I was emailing with my friend Daisy, who is one of the smartest people I know, about trying to understand libertarian viewpoints. We noted that an argument we often hear is that the private sector could do everything better. Exhibit A: deliver mail. And...