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I am an awesome carton of unicorn milk. It was a little awkward being back in a place where I knew I'd be seeing a guy who had slept with me and then ignored me every day. I kept trying to work up the nerve to tell him I wanted to talk, just for a bit of, I don't know, closure, I guess, but I didn't. Sometimes I'm just the same old me....

Sometimes a friend mentions that she is craving something. And sometimes it makes you crave it too. And so you go to three different stores until you can find it. Get way too giddy when you walk down a store aisle and see it staring back at you. Pick it up, along with all of the ingredients you need. Go back to your friend's place. Turn on the hot plate. And make magic....

Fourth of July at Coney Island has become my tradition. I wake up early, make my way to Surf and Stillwell. Stand in the heat for hours. Witness more than a few people who have come to be friends scarf down double digits worth of hot dogs for ten minutes. Celebrate on the boardwalk with a couple of beers. Indulge in excessive drinking while watching the ESPN recap at a bar. I've made it to New York, and the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest, every year for the past four years. I couldn't imagine not being there. So, I had...

All I wanted was dinner. Scratch. Dinner and wifi. That was my plan. My mission. That was what I was looking for when I was walking down the street on one of my first nights in Pai. I certainly wasn't looking to meet a guy. In fact, I had promised myself that I wouldn't. No men in Pai. I'd been hurt enough lately and the last thing I needed was to meet yet another guy who would just break my heart. I needed Pai to just be fun, relaxing, devoid of any mental drama....

Johnny came into the bar one night. He was older, Thai, with thick black dreadlocks. He sat next to me and took out his guitar, playing with a cigarette perched between the strings. It was, maybe, 1 or so in the morning. I hadn't been drinking too much, but everyone else around me was heavily intoxicated. An Irishman begged Johnny to let him play and then kept arguing with no one that the way he was, poorly, playing the Bob Marley song wasn't the album version but the way it was played live. He told us to look it up on...

Renting a bicycle to visit Mor Paeng Waterfall in Pai, Thailand, seems, in theory, like a pleasant way to spend a day. Until, after maybe ten minutes of peddling, when you realize that you'll be traveling uphill the entire way. Until your ass hurts so much and your thighs are so chafed that you have to stand while your ride your bike. Until, at some point, you have to stop riding entirely and ditch your bike at a restaurant because you can't go any further. Until, you are so completely drenched in sweat by the time that you get there that...