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Just back from the local Ralph's. Snapped this photo of the water section. And here's my question: What am I missing? I'm being sincere in not getting this. Is the coronavirus supposed to infiltrate our pipes and turn our running water into evil coronavirus-poisoned running water? Are there tiny microbes dancing within the H20 droplets running from my sink into a cup? Is the CoronaWater Monster coming? Or ...

A fascinating night in American politics. Here are my thoughts: • Joe Biden's rise: This happened, and I'm shocked. Not because it's Biden. Not because of the number of states. Nope. I'm shocked because it felt as if one day—one single day—changed an election. And that day was yesterday. When Mayor Pete endorsed Joe Biden. Then Amy endorsed Biden. Then Beto endorsed Biden. Bam. Bam. Bam. I said to a friend, "That might be the best single day a modern political figure has...

This photo was taken from a Trump rally being held tonight in Phoenix. It sickens me. See the woman in front of Trump. The president thinks she's gross. She the woman one over. Also gross. And one over. And one over. The woman with the sign? Trump might have hit on her 15 ...

Shaun King: A good man So one of my favorite media/social justice figures of the past decade has been Shaun King. And while I know many people who think Shaun to be a piece of shit/a conman/a [fill in the blank]—well, they're wrong. One hundred percent wrong. The guy busts his ass, has an enormous heart, wears his compassion on his sleeve. He's been battered, slammed, mocked, ridiculed—and he keeps coming back. Because he's strong and smart and focused. Truly, he's a...

Back in the fall of 1990, upon arriving as a freshman at the University of Delaware, I was assigned a triple inside Russell Hall A. This was not ideal. The rooms were made for two, and three was painfully crowded. But, as a newbie, I didn't have a leg to stand on. So I showed up and introduced myself to a pair of strangers—Anthony Marciano from Tuckahoe, N.Y. and Chris Moger from Long Island. We basically had a bunk with vertical beds,...

So, like every other American sports fan, I've been observing the whole Houston Astros scandal with shock, bewilderment, amazement. But my greatest reaction: Incredulousness. It probably truly kicked in last night, when I saw Mike Piazza on ESPN discussing how this whole sign stealing thing made him "sad." Then, this money quote: “In my era, it never would have happened.’’ Wait. What? In your era it never would have happened? In your era it never would have happened? In your era it did happen....

I entered a busy Starbucks this morning, and there were no available solo tables. So I plopped down at the big communal spot in the middle of the store, alongside an older man with gray hair and a blue sweatshirt. Now, if there's one lesson I've learned in my years of coffee shop writing—it's, well, if you aspire to get work done, don't talk to elderly folks sitting next to you. I know that sounds dickish. I know. But it's pretty...

Woke up this morning knowing I was about to have a root canal. I hate dentist visits, because I hate everything about the experience. The sounds. The smells. The drill, digging into my teeth. That shot of absolute pain when nerve is touched. God, I loathe all of it. So walking into a root canal was no joy for me. Truth be told, I was sorta terrified. Then it began. Then it ended. There was no pain. Not much fuss. I sat there, listening to...

In case you missed this, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly today after eight NFL seasons. His announcement via Twitter was emotional, moving, fascinating—and made me tremendously happy. I don't know Luke. I've never met Luke. But I've met enough retired NFL players who went at the game as Luke did (hard, always charging always going 100 percent) to know this was a smart move when it comes to the longterm quality of his life. Or, put differently: Football destroys people. Their minds, their...