One time my girlfriend and I were joking about a phrase we made up called “up-tops”, and we seriously laughed about this for like 20 minutes it was such a great goof. But then later we forgot what up-tops was. We knew it had been genuinely funny, not one of those things that was just funny in the moment or because you were high or whatever. But what was it? Perhaps a region of human anatomy? Or manner of doing things, akin to “down low”? Nothing came back to us. Every now and again we’ll remind each other of up-tops, smile vaguely at the memory, search our brains for a few minutes, and then think wistfully of all the classic goofs that have been lost to human memory over the ages.
Making my morning coffee, looking out the window while I wait. Girl across the street comes outside, examines the light, starts moving around flower pots on a bench outside her house to make a space. Then she puts down her Vitamin Water and takes pictures of it with her cellphone for 5 minutes. Girl, you don’t need to Instagram your Vitamin Water. We’ve all seen a Vitamin Water.
“Budweiser (15%) is voters’ favorite beer among the largest brands with 9% choosing Corona, 8% Miller, 8% Sam Adams, 7% Coors, 7% Heineken, 3% Busch, 2% Pabst Blue Ribbon and 1% Natural Light. Fully 49% of women say they don’t have a favorite brand of beer, while just 25% of men don’t have one.
Good news for craft brews and microbreweries – more voters (24%) prefer microbrews or regional breweries to larger national brands of beer (21%). There’s a partisan divide on this issue – Democrats prefer microbrews over national beers by a 29-15 margin while Republicans take national brews over micros 27-19.”
Man if someone asked me that first question I’d probably pick Natty Light as a protest vote.
Also sometimes I’m like wow what if Republicans are right about some issue but I can’t tell because our nation is so politically polarized but then I see survey results like this and I’m like oh haha no they are wrong about literally everything.
Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates and was also the largest of the former Trucial States. It is also the location where Garfield occasionally sends Nermal. The reason for this is because the city of Abu Dhabi, and the majority of UAE, has a large amount of stray cats. Garfield would often put the kitten Nermal in a box and ship him to Abu Dhabi. The phrase “Abu Dhabi is where all the cute kittens go” is sometimes used in the comic.
I really wish that The New York Review of Books would co-opt the US Weekly feature “25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” but for writers & artists et al. I would love, love to know 25 fun facts about J.M. Coetzee.
Also! The “Loose Talk” feature where you just pull the best short celebrity quotes from interviews or appearances done elsewhere, I think would work just as well for the NY review crowd:
“This year I’ve been an after-after sort of girl. Sometimes I need to blow off steam and go dance really hard.” - Joyce Carol Oates, on New York Review of Books afterparties