SEPTA Tales: The Unsung Hero of the 66

Yesterday's commute home was packed butts to nuts -- par for the course for a Friday rush hour. Invariably, no matter how crowded the bus may be, there is always that one asshole who insists on taking up two seats -- either by sitting on the outside seat instead of moving in toward the window, or worse yet, putting their bags on one side of ...

2am Thoughts: Keep Pa Beautiful?

When you have insomnia, your mind starts to race and you think back on a lot of things. I guess it's the adult equivalent of trying to tell yourself a bedtime story. Staring at the ceiling last night, I started remembering (for all you young whippersnappers out there) that there was a time when state abbreviations weren’t standardized. There were no neat, clean, two-capital-letter abbreviations. ...

Everyone Is Struggling

Everyone is struggling with something. Like the woman in the stall next to me, trying to drop a deuce, grunting and trying to make that poo log hit the bowl. I was on vacation, having finished a hearty breakfast of watermelon, hot tea, and French toast at a local pancake house. Me being the "regular gal" I am, 20 minutes after that hot tea and food ...

I Saw Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic “The Dirt” Sober & Don’t Know WTF I Watched

There's nothing more disappointing than taking a bite out of what appears to be a freshly baked brownie and finding out it's really just a fat, steaming turd. Okay, most people (including me) haven't munched on a shit log. But I imagine it's similar to the level of bait-and-switch disappointment of having sat through Netflix's The Dirt, the movie based on Motley Crue's autobiographical tome ...

Captain Marvel: Meh or Marvelous?

The build-up and ballyhoo surrounding Marvel's latest film, Captain Marvel, would lead many a true believer (or non-believer) that the film was either the second-coming of Logan or a politically-correct bastardization of all that comic book fans love. In truth, it was neither. Captain Marvel was one part origin story and one part connective tissue to introduce Carol Danvers to the next installment of Avengers with some context. ...

AEW: Friendship Is Magic – The Link Between The Elite & My Little Pony

What does a colorful kids' cartoon have in common with the hottest upstart promotion in professional wrestling today? A whole lot more than you'd think: unique personalities, continuing storylines, and messages about the importance of friendship and how it can change the world. Let's take a look at the main players of up-and-coming wrestling organization All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and their four-hoofed counterparts in the ...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tackles PTSD

Good comedy doesn't just make you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you feel. These days, it's tougher to find comedy that hits those notes. Today's comedy either opts for complete shock value without putting laughter first, spins into overtly political humor, or plays it utterly and safe and boring. These trends and tropes make it that much harder to do something as simple as ...

Glass: That Ending & Symbolism in the ‘Unbreakable’ Trilogy

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the movies Glass, Split, and Unbreakable. Read at your own risk. M. Night Shyamalan's superhero trilogy came to its conclusion in Glass, giving a clear -- albeit unexpected -- ending to the stories of David "The Overseer" Dunn, Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, and Kevin Wendell Crumb. Unexpected endings are par for the course for any Shyamalan movie. And while it's always ...

Anakin Skywalker: The Tragedy of When Love Is Weaponized

The second entry in this trilogy of Skywalker tragedies continues to explore Star Wars' first family, their greatest strengths and how those strengths become the vehicle for their own personal tragedy. Last time around, we took a look at Luke Skwalker who bore the heavy burden of knowledge -- or knowing just enough. This latest entry (And I do mean "late." It's been awhile between ...

Luke Skywalker: A Tragic Burden of Knowledge

If you're a Star Wars fan, you've probably heard a creepy uncle figure whisper, "Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Darth Plageueis the Wise?" While ol' Plageuis certainly came to a sad end, he ain't got nothing on the tragic triad of Skywalkers who serve as the backbone of the Star Wars saga. In this three-part series, we'll explore the threads of tragedy that ...