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Originally posted on ThePlaidCrew.com  on Jan. 5, 2010. 

BOSTON—A local teenager is resting comfortably today after a potentially dangerous encounter with a cougar over the weekend. Jeremy Richmond, 19, of Somerville was walking his two-year-old golden retriever, Scooter, at a neighborhood dog park on Saturday afternoon when he was approached by the cougar who was later revealed to be Leslie Putnam, a 41-year-old divorcee and mother of two.

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It was announced yesterday that one of the two FYE stores in Rutland is closing. To mark the occasion, I wanted to re-post a piece I did for The Plaid Crew about the last time I shopped there. Enjoy.

I’m not good at consumerism. I rarely buy things I don’t need, and when I do I usually experience heavy bouts of buyer’s remorse. Often, I will spend long periods of time in a store asking myself if I really need whatever is in my hand only to put it down and walk out, unable to seal the deal. It’s downright un-American.

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It’s New Year’s resolution time. In celebration, here’s re-post of a humorous advice piece I did last year for The Plaid Crew.

It’s the beginning of a new year, and that means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. As usual, getting into shape and dropping that holiday weight is at the top of most people’s lists. And good for you! We applaud anyone who wants to improve their health. What we don’t applaud, however, is the tremendous inconvenience your fat ass creates for us people who dutifully go to the gym all year long. Week in and week out, we show up to get our pump on so we can keep it tight only to have you screw up our whole routine by taking all the good machines and just generally being in the way. While we could just sit here and complain about you in between squat thrusts, we thought we’d be helpful and give you the Dos and Don’ts of Gym Etiquette after the jump.

 

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More holiday fun from The Plaid Crew. This is a piece co-written by TPC’er Laura and myself. Also, enjoy our close readings of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.'” (Warning: language and subject matter may be offensive to some people. You’ve been warned.)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) is truly a Christmas classic (view a clip here). It begins with Charlie Brown faced with Christmas depression —suffocated by the consumerism that surrounds him. After he is appointed director of the Christmas play, Linus touchingly teaches him the true meaning of Christmas. However, like Rudolph, Charlie Brown finds himself smack dab in the middle of Cold War anxieties, an increasingly religious America, and the rise of feminism.

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Just in time for the holidays, here’s a re-post of a story I did for ThePlaidCrew.com.

A recent survey showed that the majority of people prefer to give gifts rather than receive them. While I might regard this as a sign that mankind’s altruistic nature is not entirely lost, a more cynical analysis might suggest that people prefer to give for no other reason than that the act of giving is free (for the most part) of the awkwardness and disappointment that comes along with getting a really terrible gift. Get my advice after the jump.

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