In honor of the Christmas season, I’m pulling out an oldie but a goodie out of the archives. The following is a 100% true story I wrote for my personal web site back in 1997 before the days of blogs. Enjoy. The worst job I ever had was a temp job working the customer counter … More The worst job I ever had: UPS customer counter at Christmas
Hi. My name is Ann. I grew up gay in Texas in the 1980’s. It wasn’t easy but I made it through. And I’m here to tell you that it gets better. I always knew I was different. I was absolutely wired this way. My first crush was on a girl named Dena when I … More It Gets Better
Who knew I would be so grateful I lugged these boxes of old journals around all these years? Last night I read at the Salon of Shame in front of a sell-out crowd at the Theater Off Jackson. The idea is simple: Seattleites stand and read from their worst adolescent writing, including middle school diaries, … More My first Salon of Shame
Well it was my birthday so I celebrated the way *I* wanted to – by shootin off a bunch of guns! I had always wanted to take a handgun class – I love aiming sports like archery and pool and I know from when I was a kid and shot my dad’s air rifle that … More Shootin guns at Wade’s BLAM BLAM BLAM!
My new favorite guilty pleasure is my heated mattress pad I got a Fred Meyer (for 75% off last April!). After a long day just knowing my bed will be toasty warm when I get in is so exciting! (Yes, in the past I’ve been accused of being too easy to please). But just like … More If loving you is wrong I don’t want to be right: Is my heated mattress pad going to kill me?
Inspired by coming across an old rotary phone at a diner and the time trip it took me on as I listened to the sound of the dial rotating back… Things I can’t wait to hear people say in 20 years Isn’t that funny that we had to physically connect our machines with wires? … More Things I can’t wait to hear people say in 20 years
Windows Live Spaces is not only my main online hangout, it’s now my bread and butter, A few weeks ago I moved on to my sixth product here at Microsoft (Carpoint/MSN Autos, MSN home page, WL Favorites, WL Mail, Windows.com, and now WL Spaces) and I couldn’t be happier. The first thing I did when I got … More I actually work here now! [Windows Live Spaces]
My new niece came into the world this morning weighting 8 lbs and 12 oz and demonstrating her amazing lung power. My sister sounded good on the phone though she couldn’t talk long because her arms were shaking. I could hear Katherine though – she already has a lot to say! Katherine is very beautiful by … More Welcome Katherine Layne Stone!
I grew up in Austin, Texas and the LBJs (Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines) were an anchor in the cultural landscape. There was the LBJ Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, LBJ State Park, LBJ High School… I grew up thinking of him more as belonging to Texas than being the nation’s president. He got … More Lady Bird Johnson
Clearing out some old Wall Street Journals last night I happened upon an article called "Why Preparing for Failure Can Bring You Success" and it included a term that I can’t get out of my head: Surprise Machine. Doesn’t that sound like a fun band? Or maybe I should rename this blog! So spin-meisters of … More Surprise Machine