Ruthless and Toothless

When you were young and green and didn’t yet earn an allowance or have a cellphone, losing your teeth was a rite of passage and fiscal gain. It could be bloody, and painful and weird—or worse, swallowed—but holding up a little piece of yourself that would somehow transform into a five dollar bill was an American kid’s first taste of capitalism. Grinning ear to ear with a gap to stick your tongue through was the first taste of cool. Unfortunately, the novelty wears off once all the big girl teeth come in. Continue reading Ruthless and Toothless

My OCD Brain

Psychiatrist offices don’t always have long, bed-like couches, sometimes there are chairs, and sometimes those chairs have armrests and wheels. Sometimes they’re upholstered and other times they are not. Sometimes the chairs are soft and swallow you up, others have rigid backs, force you to sit up straight, send a pain up your spine reminding you that you’re alive and that your posture is poor. But what always seems to be present, and always within arm’s reach, is a fresh box of tissues, ready to sponge up the ooze that’s soon to come spilling out of your eyes and your nose. Continue reading My OCD Brain

The Bay Divided

Grimy vs. classy. Grit vs. finesse. Town vs. city. These are just a few of the labels that have been associated with the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Ever since the merge of the American and National Football leagues in 1970s, the Raiders and Niners have been locked in a rivalry that has expanded beyond the football field. Ask one fanbase about the other and you might hear a fair share of derogatory terms. How is it that two teams, who belong in different conferences and have never met in a postseason game, have such hatred for one another? What are the underlying themes that have fueled this long Bay Area feud? Continue reading The Bay Divided