Save for hating on Columbus Day (which, I totally get), I don’t know a holiday that brings more bile into the collective throats of our nation than Valentine’s Day. Just do a quick Google search for “worst holidays” if you don’t believe me. As it turns out, people really don’t like societal …

Regardless of what side you were on, I think we can all agree that this election season has been emotionally punishing. Extreme polarization tends to get nasty, and whether or not it can be justified in some ways, over a year long marathon of throat-ripping political hostility is enough to l…

Over the last couple of weeks, the very unfortunate “A day in the life of a Luminato resident” blog post, from the new Luminato Condo development going up on Congress Street, has been mocked and maligned on every possible social media platform in town. Hell, the Bangor Daily News even got in…

It’s time for a little Dr. Phil-style straight talk here. I love you, but this Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) thing you’re doing right now is ruining our friendship. There are about a million statistics that I could quote that show how 90 percent of the people who try network marketing (ALL of …

As a person who still doesn’t have a driver’s license at 38, I’ve become pretty comfortable all available modes of public transportation in this town. They all have their pros and cons, ups and downs. Planes are fast but pricey, and buses are cheap, but sometimes a guy with a cardboard sign …

Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but the temperature is rising, the snow is melting, and there’s nothing but Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow Peeps lining store shelves state-wide. And, of course, the H&R Block commercials are running non-stop.

Minimum wage has been a hot button topic in Portland since July, when the City Council voted 6-3 to increase it to $10.10. Not exactly Jerry Maguire-grade “show me the money” money, but a pretty significant bump for anyone who’s been riding the $7.50 train since 2009 without an increase. At …

October is the best month. Still warm enough to pretend you don’t need to turn on your heat, but crisp enough to pull your sweaters out of storage and start transitioning back into hot coffee. But, beyond the arrival of that marvelous fall smell, October unequivocally offers the greatest of …

It may not officially be summer yet, but as long as the snow is gone, Portland doesn’t care. The flip flops and the tank tops are out in full force, and there’s always at least one inappropriate shirtless guy on Congress Street catcalling any woman exposing more than an ankle.

When it comes to my personal opinions on what really constitutes the “Best of Portland,” I could wax poetic for days about the glory of the cheese plate at Petite Jacqueline or how I press my whole body up against the glass outside the Black Parrot every time I walk down Middle Street. But, …

Turnabout is fair play. After last month’s customer-shaming episode where I called out deviant shoppers on everything from bad attitudes to pooping in public, I thought it was only fair to give the store owners/managers/workers a little lesson as well. Nobody is blameless in retail hell, esp…

With its generally low requirements for experience and education, you’d be hard pressed to find an adult who hasn’t had at least one retail job on their resume. Yet, despite what should be a nearly universal empathy for what generally tends to be a low-paying and high-abuse job, customers ar…