Atheism Number Two - Whenever someone writes a book about religion, the writer pays tribute to mammon. Interviews are given, TED talks are given, and the printed donkey flogged...
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Though the rally was a mostly peaceful gathering, two rally attendees got into a heated argument with an employee at the GW Deli over the D.C. bag tax, which ultimately resulted in the tea party member throwing a sandwich in the deli employee's face.
There's nothing more frustrating than having your cake fall partly out, leaving the pretty top bit clinging to the pan.
Monday, started w/McD's, cinnamon melts and hash brown, 600 cals/44% of day's fat -- awful, and made me feel ill. -- 6:11 p.m., April 28.
Until last month, I sometimes ordered 2 melts, 2 hash browns -- 88% of day's fat, 100% of saturated fat -- for breakfast. Disturbing. -- 6:12 p.m., April 28.
"You're ruining pastries for me with this Twitter feed, Bri," @andrearosen wrote to me in May, after I regretted a highly caloric Starbucks order.
These posts were not always easy to write. I started counting calories rigorously and yearned to share even more. The fast food industry had stacked the deck against ordinary consumers, and I thought that talking about this in public was a corrective, if a slight one.
Monday, August 30. People have told me for years that I dress badly. Well, today I finally got it. I walked by a Salvation Army and a mannequin in the window was wearing the exact same outfit as me. In my defense, it didn't look half bad, considering it was nearly four dollars' worth of clothes.
Tuesday, August 31. Made it a point to look at what other New Yorkers are wearing. Time to face a cold, hard truth: orange corduroy isn't coming back.
Wednesday, September 1. I got some rude stares on the subway today, so I went home and checked myself out in the mirror. What's wrong with a denim shirt and denim pants? They look fine when Jay Leno wears them. Maybe the denim cuff was too much. Hey, we all just learned something, right?
Thursday, September 2. Took a close look at those polyester pants that I bought from a Readers Digest ad. Even though they never wrinkle, they don't look very appealing. The colors are muddy, and the fabric has the sheen of a Radio Shack beach ball. What a waste of ten bucks. Well, at least I don't have to worry about getting napalm burns on my leg again when somebody jabs them with a cigarette.
Friday, September 3. I hate to admit this, but I went to a Kmart just for old times' sake. As I leafed through the rack of oversized t-shirts with pictures of WWE wrestlers on them paired with phrases like "I got your WMDs!", I realized something vitally important:
All these clothes were crap.
I literally ran out of the store in embarrassment, and scurried all the way home. These were ensembles I'd been wearing for twenty years!
I comforted myself later realizing my experience had a silver lining: I can alert all you readers! Write this down: KMART DOESN'T HAVE STYLISH OR HIGH-QUALITY CLOTHES. Sigh; I feel better now that I've turned lemons into lemonade. Take that, faceless multinational corporation!
MOST husbands call their wives to ask what cut of steak to bring home from the grocery store. Elizabeth Gilbert's husband rang her from Vietnam and asked, "Do I have permission to buy a 7,000-pound marble Buddha?"
Her answer: "You don't need permission, ever."
That eight-foot-high Buddha now beams down beatifically outside the entrance to Two Buttons, a store jam-packed with curios from Southeast Asia. Ms. Gilbert, 41, the author of the 2006 memoir "Eat, Pray, Love," owns the shop in Frenchtown, N.J., with her husband, José Nunes.
The Brazilian-born Mr. Nunes, 58, a gemstone dealer who wooed Ms. Gilbert when both were living in Bali, is better known, at least to readers of "Eat, Pray, Love," by the pseudonym Felipe.
There are 200+ different performances you can see during FringeNYC, which we know can be overwhelming -- take a deep breath. However, since they all started arriving this week, we have been making some friends. Here are some shows opening this weekend you should check out:
* Strange Love in Outer Space * Namely, Muscles * Picking Palin * 3boys * Baristas * My Name is Ruth * Omarys Concepcion Lopez Perez Goes To Israel (to speak to God at the Wailing Wall)
We recommend you just click on the most interesting titles. It is our usual strategy for navigating the wealth of performance at FringeNYC.
Q. I love to dine out and am lucky to have become friendly with bartenders and waiters at some of my favorite restaurants. It is not uncommon for them to pour me an extra couple of glasses of wine for free or to send over a complimentary appetizer or two (once a delightful suckling pig!)