Category: Life

Thoughts on life, travel and growing up

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A Spartan in Texas

When you’re in college, you’re surrounded by people wearing your school colors, and living on campus makes you feel like you’re at the center of the world. This was true for me at least,...

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Depleted Uranium and the 1990s Internet

In my 10th grade physics class, we spent a good chunk of the spring semester talking about radioactivity. For our final project, our teacher assigned a range of essay topics about radiation and nuclear...

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My Austin Area Code

People sometimes get confused when I give them my phone number. You see, I have an Austin area code, but I’ve never lived in Austin. This blows some people’s minds, even though it’s not...

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Turning 35 Years Old

Another birthday has come and gone, and I find myself 35 years old. It’s s significant number in more ways than one. First off, it’s a multiple of 5. Since we use a base...

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The 4 Types of Burger Joints

Meat on a bun. What could be simpler? The humble hamburger has been one of America’s dietary staples for well over a century. It has survived through low-fat and low-carb crazes. To this day,...

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Living in the Present

I have trouble living in the present. It’s too easy to dream about the future or reminisce about the past. On the other hand, I think that living too much in the present leads...

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Getting My Wisdom Teeth Out

It’s a rite of passage in our society, as well as a side effect of modern dental hygiene. Getting your wisdom teeth out is an important part of growing up in modern America, something...

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There Are No Grown-Ups

I read an interesting article by Pamela Druckerman, in which she states, “There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing...

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What’s Up With Camping?

What’s the appeal of camping? I don’t mean that as a rhetorical question. I honestly don’t know why people enjoy it. I’ve been a couple of times, and while I have had fun occasionally,...