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2014-03-26 13.58.16-2

Don’t use slimy marketing (or fall for this scam from the Vehicle Protection Center)

Got this in the mail today: It reads, “REQUEST FOR ACTION – IMPORTANT VEHICLE INFORMATION ENCLOSED “WARNING: $2000 FINE, 5 YEARS IMPRISONMENT, OR BOTH FOR ANY PERSON INTERFERING OR OBSTRUCTING WITH DELIVERY OF THIS LETTER. U.S MAIL TTT.18 U.S. CODE” My first thought was, “Did I get a red light ticket? It’s addressed to the […]

How I know how to fix a toilet

Someone close to me recently asked how I know how to replace toilets. I was a teenager, maybe 17, and my father was away for the weekend. Since the repair-loathe curmudgeon couldn’t interfere, my mother and I conspired to fix a leaky toilet handle during his trip. I tightened the new handle too tight and […]

“Matthew Hall: Graduate student, sometimes employed”

I’m reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. Don’t let the scandalous title fool you: there are very little cocoa puffs in the book. At the end of his essay, “This Is Zodiac Speaking,” he has a quick one-page mini essay about the victims of the Oklahoma City Building bombing back in the […]