Stories from my life and travels as an American expat in Germany. Awkwardness guaranteed!

Invasion of the “Fake” Geeks

Halloween has come and gone, and I didn’t see a single person dressed as Harley Quinn. Oh, I’ve heard the prophecies: fake geek girls who have never even READ the comics will be out in droves, wearing -gasp!- store-bought Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costumes! Tremble ye nerdy, and despair.

Getting “Old” Isn’t So Bad

I’m almost thirty. Nearly halfway, in fact, to that notorious birthday every woman is supposed regard with pure dread. In just six short months, certain fashion choices will suddenly be off-limits to me, I will go from “Miss” to “Ma’am,” and no one will ever card me again for alcohol, unless of course I’m with a younger friend and the waiter doesn’t…Continue Reading

Have a Heart

Reagan caused homeless epidemic

By now, most Americans are coming to the realization that “trickle down economics” do not work, and have nearly obliterated the middle class. The deep tax cuts Reagan set in place have benefited only the wealthiest among us, creating an ever-growing gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances

If asked, most people would say they know the way their friends and acquaintances present themselves on social media is a façade. Still, when you’re scrolling through your various feeds and see only the “best side” of everyone you know, it’s understandable that feelings of failure or inadequacy may arise.

Let’s Agree to Disagree

Agree to Disagree

We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist. — Son of Baldwin (@SonofBaldwin) August 18, 2015 “We can agree to disagree” is a phrase I’ve used often in my life. I’ve used it both as a way of saying, “I respect your view,…Continue Reading

A Working Class Hero

Labor Day

Labor Day has always felt like a pointless holiday to me; I have no family members in a union, and I worked in the service industry until fairly recently. For the few of you who have never known the joys of retail, hotel, or restaurant work: that means that any Labor Day I had off was an unpaid coincidence (usually)…Continue Reading