By Kit FitzSimons
  • Auction and Adventure

    November 7, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Tenth Week: Attend A Tasteful Affair Every year, for the past 22 years, community sponsors have hosted A Tasteful Affair, “an exciting evening of dining and entertainment to support the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.” I’m not really the target demographic for this sort of thing (later in the evening, when the least impressive […]

  • Energy Drink Test Drive: Water Edition

    November 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This is the second segment of my multi-part investigation of non-Red-Bull energy drinks (you can read the first segment here). Certainly, I’d much rather being drinking a can of my favorite ostensibly-strawberry-flavored synapse stimulant, but you know what they say: Needs must when the Red Bull drives. With all the energy juices out of the […]

  • To Fair Is Human

    October 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Ninth Week: Go to the North Carolina State Fair People are often shocked by the things I haven’t tried. This one actually resulted in my boss giving me homework. When I said I had never been to the State Fair, my boss Megan gasped and demanded that I buy and eat an ear of corn. […]

  • Energy Drink Test Drive: Green Tea Edition

    October 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I am an energy (and experience) junkie; there is nothing better than being “rarin’ to go” for as much of the day as possible. This is possibly why I’ve been told it’s simultaneously so fun and exhausting to be around me for extended periods of time. I’m a natural joker, ranter, and mover, and those […]

  • Spinal Destination

    October 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Eighth Week: Visit a Chiropractor. I don’t make it a habit to criticize my younger brother in public, but I will say his posture is atrocious. Not Igor-bad*, but definitely bad enough that, at family dinners, I actively place one hand on his back and one on his forehead and manually straighten his slouch. I […]

  • In Need of Candybiotics

    September 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Normally I talk about how awesome it is to try something new, but today, I’m here with a cautionary tale about trying something old. This is the tale of the Jumanji Twizzlers. A quick refresher on what Jumanji is: The rhyming cards, each read when flipped, Suggest that Seuss wrote half the script. A villainous […]

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Boeing

    August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Sixth Week: Sitting in the Cockpit of a B-17 Bomber There are, I admit, some perks to being in media. The first is I have near constant access to professional recording equipment for those times I feel like recording a rap. The second is that I know what Art Chansky’s going to be controversial about […]

  • I Second That E-Motion

    August 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Fifth Week**: Cinemagram. Now, I enjoy a good app as much as the next guy, but I’ll admit I take to them a little slower than most because I don’t have an iPhone. My Droid 3 has a pull-out keyboard, which is awesome, but it gets cool apps the same way middle children get ‘new’ […]

  • ST:TNG on the Dock of the Bay

    July 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Fourth Week: Fathom Events. I’d never heard of them before, but they’re a nationwide cinema-event coordinator. Monday night, they were in a bunch of Raleigh theaters celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with a making-of documentary and two remastered episodes. Now, I don’t consider myself a diehard fan of ST:TNG (although, […]

  • 8-Course is 8-Course, Of Course, Of Course

    July 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    THIRD WEEK: I cook. I do. Not as often as I or my bank account would like, but I have been known to produce pretty unexpectedly awesome stuff from the kitchen when I put my mind to it (cinnamon burgers and Pineapple Thingie to name two).   But one thing I’ve never done is made […]