Layoff Me Playing Doom

My job search hit a considerable snag in the first week, when it occurred to me that I love not having to be accountable for my time. Owing, perhaps, to a concern that I would bankrupt our family and destroy everything we’d worked for, Kristen was noticeably disappointed when I loafed into the kitchen at […]

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Over the Edge

Over the Edge — by Darrin Tripp by David Finch As I stand here beside my barrel, mounting a video camera to the top of my hockey helmet and trying desperately to ignore the roar of Horseshoe Falls a mere seven hundred feet down river, my mother’s words resonate stronger than ever: “You really should […]

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Layoff Me (The Look)

Only women, children, and dogs are loved unconditionally. A man is only loved under the condition that he provides something. I never heard a woman in my life say, “You know, after he got laid off we got so much closer.” I once heard my grandmother say, “A broke man is like a broke hand: […]

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Crazy, Essentially

The essential oils were supposed to promote a sense of tranquility and inner balance. This is what Kristen told me. I had an important meeting at my company’s headquarters in downtown Chicago, and she suggested I rub some scented oil on the soles of my feet to evoke these feelings while I was presenting to […]

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