All posts tagged: Games

How I Went From Aspiring Joker to Joker’s Wild Champion

My sophomore year of college, I took a leave of absence from NYU Film/TV after my sophomore year and set out for LA with dreams of becoming the next Freddie Prinze (minus the suicide). One of my best friends from high school and I had made a pact: We’d find an empty office on the Universal lot, set up shop like Steven Spielberg and take Hollywood by storm. I was the advance team and flew out via PEOPLExpress (one way just $99) to couch surf with an ex and her sister in Orange County until I could find a place. My arrival coincided with the reign of The Night Stalker Killer, and, as it turned out, my ex’s sister’s place was this latest Satanist’s favorite stalking grounds. The very first night, after the girls went out clubbing (leaving me alone clutching a broomstick), I was shocked awake at 3 a.m. by the phone ringing. On the other end, the most menacing (although not-particularly inventive) obscene caller told me how much he’d like to make me …

9 Passive Aggressive Gifts They’ll Love. I Guess…

Ah, the holidays. ‘Tis the season to rejoice, make merry, listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” and bite one’s tongue when one’s confronted with the time-tested barrage of unsubtle passive aggressive comments from friends and family. Well, two can play that game. In the name of holiday harmony (and your sanity), why not bite your tongue as you wrap the world’s most passive aggressive gift ever? Why say it when you can pay it forward with a gift that does the indirect communicating for you? Why not give something that says you care enough not to say exactly how you feel but not enough to not be somewhat passive aggressive about it in your gift-giving? What? I was only joking! God. You don’t have to get so upset. 1. Fiberglass Confetti Eiffel Chair The gift that passive aggressively says “your taste in housewares is beyond basic.” $395, Modernica.com 2. Basic Repellant Phone Case For your “friend” who IS basic. $38, Valfre.com 3. Shut Up Cards The gift that passively aggressively says, “Literally …

5 Gifts for Kids That They Don’t Already Have

It’s always difficult to pick out presents for kids (especially other people’s) when you’re trying to avoid buying all that overpriced plastic, branded crap. Especially during the holidays. I’ve stealthily built up my own repertoire of unique, original presents never to be found at Target.   1. Lambswool Duster/Magic Wand The first time I saw one of these, it was sitting on an artist’s table and I didn’t even recognize it as a cleaning tool. My first instinct was to pick it up and start “poof”ing everything around me, which I did. Replace the black twine handle with a sparkly ribbon, and that little one will, too. $5-$12, westelm.com   2. Treasure Hunt This pirate kit helps kids create their own treasure hunt with an X to mark the spot, a bag for gold booty and a sweet little chalkboard set for making maps. Plus, everything this husband-and-wife team makes is all-natural. $36, sevenacretoys.com   3. Chinese Slippers (Or as they say in China, “slippers.”) I’m lucky enough to live in New York, where I …