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Refrigerator Repair Illustrated

A Visit From the Refrigerator Repair Man, Illustrated

Sometimes it can be aggravating how difficult it is to do simple things in foreign countries without speaking the language. A lot of the time, though, it’s pretty funny (particularly in hindsight). A couple weeks ago we had a “fridge incident” (read: I didn’t unplug the fridge while I gave it a deep clean, and because the door was open for so long it froze over and the temp soared. I’ve cleaned many a fridge many a time in my...

Book of Poems, Poetry

Homesick

Homesick Every now and then that faint background hum unexpectedly surfaces needing little provocation it sharpens to a wrenching throb becomes caught  in the heart a heavy tangle of  intangible longing Usually it is a moment  of unwarranted kindness an intrusive softness that causes me to crumble inward upon myself, this ocean to well up in my throat only getting bigger with each realization that it cannot  sprout wings and fly me home cannot pick up the oars  and paddle...

Quit Smoking

How I Quit Smoking, A Year Later

I was 18 when I first bought cigarettes. Like, freshly 18. It’s possible that it was even on my birthday, although the details are a bit hazy. I remember the determination. The decision. The mission. I’m going to buy a pack of cigarettes. I had no idea what I was doing, or which ones to choose. I have a very distinct memory of standing at the counter at the small 7-11 down the street from my university, gazing across at...

Cigarette bath & quitting smoking

Relapse

I’ve been continuously falling off the bandwagon. Some days it feels like this. Quitting, or cutting back, is no easy feat. There is ever-mounting tension, and if you aren’t able to take your mind off of it, it leads to the inevitable cave-in. Of course, now that you have smoked one and broken the seal, it is so easy to give yourself permission to over-indulge....