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TN Read-Along #14: The Great Influenza
February 27, 2012 · 14 Comments
TN Read-Along #14: <I>The Great Influenza</I>

(cue "I don't see what's so great about it" jokes)
Hey, remember everything that ISN'T the Oscars Death Race? Me neither! Awesome! …I'm so sorry about the protracted service interruption, guys. I've missed you, and all …

Oscars Death Race: Last day
February 26, 2012 · 18 Comments
Oscars Death Race: Last day

Sarah 61, Oscars 0
Thanks for all the support and comments, and a hat tip to everyone else who raced along with me. I am THRILLED that the third time was the charm; consider …

The Vine: February 23, 2012
February 23, 2012 · 19 Comments
The Vine: February 23, 2012

Hello, friends. I apologize for the spotty service as I try to finish the Oscars Death Race. Things should return to normal next week; I haven't forgotten the Read-Along, or Jump Street recaps, or any of …

Oscars Death Race: Less than a week
February 20, 2012 · 8 Comments
Oscars Death Race: Less than a week

Oh, it's about to get ugly. …Okay, "uglier."

The Vine: February 17, 2012
February 17, 2012 · 10 Comments
The Vine: February 17, 2012

In the mid-1980s there was a kids' show on PBS. As I recall there were several recurring segments of the show and one of them took place on a treasure island. I think there were pirates …

The Vine: February 15, 2012
February 15, 2012 · 18 Comments
The Vine: February 15, 2012

Eight years ago, during college, I became very close friends with a co-worker. She had just graduated from high school and her boyfriend was at boot camp. A few months after we met, they became …

Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 2 weeks to go
February 12, 2012 · 10 Comments
Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 2 weeks to go

Since we last convened:
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
and a Best Actor overview

The Vine: February 10, 2012
February 10, 2012 · 4 Comments
The Vine: February 10, 2012

I have been going nuts trying to remember the name of this series. From what I can remember it was about a girl who moved to a new town, and got a new (hot) boyfriend. They …

Other Desert Cities: Salting the earth
February 8, 2012 · 8 Comments
<I>Other Desert Cities</I>: Salting the earth

I really liked the performances, except for one, and I really liked the overall play, until the last 15 minutes. The first thing is not fatal to most plays, and it isn't to Other Desert …

The Vine: February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012 · 35 Comments
The Vine: February 8, 2012

I have an "expired friendship" question. I've known this friend (Mark, let's say) since our first year of college, which was nearly twenty years ago. I considered him one of my closest friends, and he …