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Good evening! It will be a good evening.

Hi there! There are a lot of you today. Thanks for reading.

I’m taking the night off from reading the internet, which includes taking a break from moderating comments. If you’re a first time commenter, that means it may take a while for your post to show up. Be patient! However, if you’re a first time commenter and you are one of these people, your comment will show up approximately never.

Enjoy this pretty photo of Marina City I took during an architectural boat tour last year.

Marina City, a blue sky, and a bird.

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21 comments
  1. Sofi said:

    Wilco love you, baby.

  2. I’m moderating too, FYI, people who post anything about “misandry” or “false accusations” at that link…

  3. Your post yesterday was so good. I hope you are not getting too much flak for it. I recognised about a half dozen guys from my past straight away, then about 12 hours later suddenly realised that I had in fact dated a creepy dude, and that was why he and he alone of my exes makes my skin crawl and ruins a good night out if I happen to run into him. In hindsight I have no idea how I managed to avoid that conclusion earlier. So thank you, you’ve made six months of my life eight years ago suddenly make sense and instead of feeling ashamed of myself I just feel sad that I didn’t read your post before I met him.

  4. Kaesa said:

    1. I know you are not going to see this until after you return to the internet, but THANK YOU FOR MODERATING SO WELL. I’m not someone who participates a whole lot, but in my lurkerness I am always impressed and happy and relieved to read in a blogging environment where the commentariat is consistently awesome.
    2. Now, whenever I see those buildings, I’m going to think of them as The Corncobs of Disapproval. They are standing over rape apologists and glaring. “You really just said that? Really? Then we’re going to use our authority as quirky Chicago landmarks to moderate your comment into Douchey Comment Hell. Have a nice life.”

    • Emily said:

      Seconded! I love that this blog is always a big glaring exception to “don’t read the comments.” And I totally approve of the disapproving Marina Towers idea.

      • Thirded! I have learned so much from reading (and occasionally participating in) the comments here.

        • Yep, cheerfully contribiting repetively here–awesome blog and commenting experience.

  5. Those buildings look like big giant motherfucken loofahs!

    • Jill said:

      Did you know that loofahs are gourds? I always thought they came from the sea, but it turns out they’re related to pumpkins and cucumbers! Blew my mind.

      • Ace said:

        wait wait wait, pumpkins and cucumbers? Like they could be in a salad or something?

        • Jill said:

          Yup! The ones we use in the bath are fully matured and dried out, but if they’re harvested earlier they can be eaten.

          • miss_chevious said:

            NO WAY! Seriously, this fact has blown my mind! Now I sort of want to eat one.

          • Ace said:

            Wow. just… wow. I’m a chef and now I want to track that down. Granted I’m a pastry chef so goodness knows what I’d put it in, but in theory it sounds fun. Hmmmmm loofah bread? People make Zucchini bread.

  6. Copcher said:

    I didn’t see questions 322, 323, and 324 until they had hundreds of comments on them, and I didn’t think I had much to add, but I do want to say that I find those posts (and, really, all of your posts) incredibly useful. The tone you use and the scripts you provide help me think about and re-frame some of my own experiences, and also provide me with time and space to think through topics that I don’t always get to talk about with my in-person friends/acquaintances/colleagues. Even when I don’t comment, I feel like I’m taking part in a serious and important conversation every time I read through a post and a comment thread. You, your guest writers, and the commenters do amazing work here.

  7. Mortifyd said:

    Referral to the Creeper Dudes in the friendcircle from a FB post led to hours of fascinating reading – and a lot of thought. I think I like it here.

    • Me too! I came here for the same reason and read through THE ENTIRE BLOG. I am now recommending it to people, except that I keep saying “Captain Awesome” instead of “Captain Awkward”. Wonder why that might be? 😀

  8. Vicki said:

    Yes, pumpkins and cucumbers. I have seen loofah on a menu, but not been feeling adventurous enough to order it.

    • Jill said:

      Sometimes it’s called “Chinese okra,” perhaps more appealing sounding than loofah stir-fry!

  9. Pterinochilus murinus said:

    Enjoy your night off! And by the way, thanks for modelling “it’s okay to take a night off the internet” for me. Sometimes that’s a good reminder to get.

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