Thursday, March 30, 2017
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

What your couples costume says about the state of your relationship

How doomed is your relationship? Below, what your Halloween couples costume says about your short- and long-term status. By Andrew J. Pridgen Let’s face it, the trying-too-hard couples costume is the beginning of the end. It's about the same as when the duo in question says they’re going to therapy to see what it’s all about or are trying new...

Why white people taking engagement photos in front of places where white people used to work signals the end of capitalism and life as we know it

We unapologetically telegraphed our demise to one another and did it with a smile and a chalkboard. By Andrew Pridgen Capitalism is over. The experiment is done. It failed. It not only failed for the masses it was supposed to fail for, but it is now failing for an ever-growing number of the few it was supposed to benefit. But we...

The mistakes we made

I volunteered for Hillary and here are my takeaways. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was texting with my sister yesterday and she hit on something when she said with any tragedy you basically don't see it coming and are shocked, then devastated and then you begin to pick up the pieces. The problem with this is election is it’s not a...

FINALLY Driftertoday.com is available!

The domain I’ve been waiting for at a price I can afford! By Andrew J. Pridgen Most of the time godaddy sends me emails that reek of empty promises. Notices for expiring sites I bought at 3 a.m. while watching Magnum P.I. on Netflix and realizing IslandHoppers.org was fucking available for under $8; or that monthly $6.99 bill for web hosting...

It is time to not be nice

The white guy date rapist elite are now in charge and the country is being told to be quiet and roll over and take it...it’ll all be over soon. Nope. By Andrew J. Pridgen A couple days after the election and it is finally sinking in. The hangover is starting to feel like a permanent condition, something that may require...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

The things we learn from the people who are gone

On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz’s humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar and Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, died instantly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Joe Schultz left this earth not by...

Should they have stayed broken up?

I just spent dispirited snippets of an hour at work refreshing a StubHub tab and struggling with how much I would pay to see the pair of bands who were my reason for being for the better part of the last two decades...and just got back together. They are, Lush and LCD Soundsystem. By Andrew J. Pridgen Lush’s tranquil and melodic...

Born to run (and be a mom)

It is oft said every journey starts with a single step. That’s not true. It starts with three. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was on time or early for all of Robin’s OB appointments while she was pregnant — a first for me — with the exception of the 40-week. She told me that morning I didn’t have to go, that the last...

Why The Force Awakens is trying so hard to be A New Hope for the Star Wars franchise

The music. The ships. The actors. The droids. The sets. The melted Vader helmet. It’s all a very carefully choreographed dance to make you feel...something familiar. But what it is has nothing to do with the movie... By Andrew Pridgen The original Star Wars should have been a disaster or at least a box office blip the likes of The Message....

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