Feb 13 T commented on Returning Column!.
Yeah, I remember high school too.
Jan 4 T commented on Ten Pregrets for 2016.
If the past 5 years have been any indication, one should ALWAYS wait for the full Block Party lineup to be announced first.
Nov 22, 2015 T commented on I, Anonymous.
Sounds like a transplant to me. Sorry it took you another 30 seconds to get to Amazon.
Oct 15, 2015 T commented on Why Do Bands Break Up?.
Was this article really necessary? To me, it read like the author wanted to plug a bunch of defunct bands that he liked but never went anywhere for totally valid reasons.

Whatever the case, being in a band is hard work. It's always been hard work. Most of these bands broke up because they either didn't have the drive to succeed, they weren't good enough to draw (despite the author's insistence otherwise), life changes, or because of personal differences. Some no-name band got a bunch of radio airplay? All that tells me is that someone in the band knew a couple of DJs at those stations, especially since nobody showed up for their shows. Your bandmates were assholes? Kick them out and get some new ones or ditch the band and start fresh.

The only interesting point brought up in the article itself is Seattle's relative geographic isolation. I've seen countless tours skip Seattle because the only other "big" cities to play up this way are Vancouver and Portland. That's a lot of time and money to blow on a crowd that won't even make up for the gas costs. Same goes for Seattle bands traveling elsewhere. It's hard to make sense of spending more money than what you'll make. But you travel, you build relationships, and next time you won't need to stay in a motel because you'll have friends there whose floor you can crash on, you won't need to pay for dinner because the bar manager liked you and hooked you up with a meal.

If you love playing music, you'll find a way to make it work. If you love listening to music (and don't have small children), you'll find a way to support local bands. I went to a show on Tuesday and had a blast. Was I hungover as fuck on Wednesday? You bet! Was it worth it? Totally.
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Oct 2, 2015 T commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Does a Lesbian Bridesmaid Have to Suck Dick?.
I dunno, my take as a recently-married straight dude who has also been a part of several weddings is that when you agree to be part of the wedding party, you sign up for everything related to the wedding - buying/renting whatever clothes the bride and groom pick out for you, the fittings for said clothes, the bachelor/ette party, the bridal shower, the rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner, meeting both families, and of course the wedding itself. You're not just part of the wedding party, you're a part of making this wedding (and all associated events) awesome! The only legit excuse for not attending any of these things is cost and/or distance.

To me, LW shouldn't have agreed to be part of the wedding party in the first place if she wasn't willing to be part of all the other festivities. I mean, it's one of your best friends, it's going to be one of the most important times in her life, why would you let your own hangups rob her of your company during what should be one of the happiest times in her life? You should be doing your damnedest to reduce her stress, not add to it. You don't have to stuff dollar bills into the stripper's g-string if you don't want to, you can ask for a regular straw if you don't want to sip your drink out of a plastic dick, and so on. You're all supposedly adults and you're not entitled to live in a bubble of your choosing, despite what the internet has told you.

That said, telling the MOH that you wouldn't be there was a total bonehead move. If you weren't willing to fake happiness for your friend, you should have at least faked an illness the day of, even though it's an absolute chickenshit move.

Bottom line, I think you should suck it up (figuratively) and go have fun with your friend and her friends! This time is about what the bride wants, not what you want.
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Jul 15, 2015 T commented on East Lansing Is Getting a New Sex-Ed Curriculum.
Not only is "the girl who says 'no' is the girl you want" slut-shaming, it's rapey as fuck. These people can all go play on the freeway.

Also, not to quibble facts, but East Lansing has a population just under 50k and is home to a Big 10 school (MSU). Not what I would call "small town," especially in the context of what the rest of Michigan looks like.
Jul 9, 2015 T commented on A Totally Non-Comprehensive but Semi-Useful Guide to Wild Waves.
I haven't been in probably 20 years, always thought it'd be fun to go as an adult. But aside from the wave pool, I don't think I know what any of these other attractions are.
Jun 4, 2015 T commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Offering.
The part that got glossed over a bit is that this guy is a *family friend*. From the sound of it, the families are pretty close, which makes hooking up with the dude a bad idea. That goes double considering the LW's family is comprised of conservative Christians (presumably his family is too). That next family vacation is gonna be awfully awkward.

I dunno, too much potential drama for my taste. I wouldn't do it. Move on and find someone else who's not basically your cousin.
May 26, 2015 T commented on Burger Face-Off: Loretta’s Tavern Burger vs. Dick’s Deluxe.
Why bother comparing Loretta's to Dick's? Aside from the fact that they both serve burgers, it sounds like they have almost nothing in common. Why can't this place stand on its own two feet without being compared to a long-established fast food joint?

Oh right, because The Stranger lost all their talent in the last couple of years.
May 5, 2015 T commented on I, Anonymous.
You don't tip Uber, as I'm sure most of the previous comments have pointed out. A driver once told me they aren't supposed to accept tips at all unless you offer it to them three times.

Whatever the case, IA sounds like they'd rather be driving a cab. Maybe that's more their speed.