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To Northland Plaza: I have a slight issue with one of your maintenance men. This is not a complaint, since I’ve given up complaining for this year. Specifically, I’m wondering if this particular person has it out for me (I’m recalling a specific incident involving me, the back hallway, phone sex, and him lurking quietly around the corner), or if ...

The List

Dear Internet: I’m a habitual list-maker and rule-follower (my own rules, at least; I’m not so great with others’). So, as expected, I’m pretty into New Year’s resolutions. Here’s the list for 2003: 1. Pay off debt This one graduated from last year’s list. It’s going to happen this year. Really. 2. Do something good with the front yard No ...

Nothin’ Special

Dear Diary, Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m nothing special. It’s good to keep this in mind during those times I begin to think that I’m really accomplished at an activity, or that I have something important and distinct to offer the world. Once one gets to thinking that way, the next step is to convince themselves they’re ...

Sedatives. Please.

To the Medical Establishment: I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m afraid of you. Like most people, I’ve always been a little bit leery of doctors. Recently, it’s started to develop into more of a phobia, and I don’t know why. I think it has something to do with having surgery earlier this year. I was in the hospital for ...