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...

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


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....