Tell me a story


Before I begin, let’s all just take a minute to acknowledge the huge thing that happened yesterday.  The thing that made the world feel small – like everyone, no matter what culture, tribe, or tongue, agreed was a big event.  An incident that shook us out of our day-to-day reality, and made us think about what is really important in life.  A happening resulting in headlines, workplace chatter, and blog posts.


And she looks fab.  Give her a cat-call, a high-five, and – my own personal favorite display of affection – a quick palm-circle-rub on the back.

In other news, there are a few things that I’ve decided that I “need”: a pair of black heels (how do I not own a pair of black heels?), a soft case for my guitar, and a new [insert the engine part that keeps my car quiet and not shaky] in my Honda.

Instead, you want to know what I’ve been doing with my hard-earned cash?  Donating it to This American Life.  Only twice, but still.  Shouldn’t I be allocating my limited funds some place other than to what could be a FREE podcast?  I feel like I am telling you my secret shame – confessing something I shouldn’t – like how I feign a healthy diet only to shovel cupcake icing into my mouth when no one is watching.

But I can’t help it.  Ira Glass is my geek crush.  He tells me the best stories out of anyone.  And then he asks me to give money (“One dollar – five dollars – whatever you can spare.  What kind of person do you want to be – someone who contributes, or someone who sits back and assumes someone else will take care of it?  Do your part, so we can do ours.”), and I’m like, IRA I WILL DO ANYTHING.

Seriously, though.  What a guy.




  1. mary on June 26, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    I absolutely love This American Life and Ira Glass. I’ve contributed to the show too. And you know what? As cheesy as it sounds on the air, its true. Without us giving, what, one or five or three hundred dollars, they wouldn’t be able to keep making us think and laugh and cry, only sometimes ;). Softie over here…

  2. shanna on June 26, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    haha ira always gets me with those lectures! i start to think about the collective power we, as his listeners, have to keep him on the air. and then i give. i give and give.

  3. Sharon on June 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    I totally get this too Annie. If you haven’t checked out RadioLab…add it to your podcast list and get ready to give there too! :) Not quite as crush worthy but awesome!

  4. Allison on June 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    my honda used to violently shake, and then i replaced a couple tires and got an alignment. and THAT is the extent of my car knowledge, so it really could be anything. i’m just saying.

  5. Emily from Seattle on June 26, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    That guy looks a little bit like a grey haired Alan Cumming with glasses…

  6. erin, you know, THE ONE WITH THE HAIR! on June 29, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    I’ve not meant to ignore this, a weekend in the woods (no really) has gotten in the way…
    I mean, i know haircuts are ultimately meaningless events in the greater scheme of life…but this one was pretty much revolutionary and deserved the moment of pause.

    With that said, readership this day and the 2 days following has more than quadrupled. Did you know you have readers in Turkey? Switzerland? CANADA!!! Now i’ll have to start putting more effort into the bloggity blog.

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