The Random Penguins

Penguins with People Problems
Rainy day hair.

Rainy day hair.

Once, in passing, Niki mentioned that she’d make cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. Then another friend said it was her birthday. Then two more friends. And now it’s pretty clear that all Niki’s friends are either a bunch of liars or are aging at a superhuman rate, but either way: CUPCAKES.

Once, in passing, Niki mentioned that she’d make cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. Then another friend said it was her birthday. Then two more friends. And now it’s pretty clear that all Niki’s friends are either a bunch of liars or are aging at a superhuman rate, but either way: CUPCAKES.

"A strong brow is really in right now. I read that in a magazine."

"A strong brow is really in right now. I read that in a magazine."

The evite required a YES / NO / MAYBE response.
Charlene needed a more nuanced one that said, “YES, for appearance’s sake so the other invitees think I’m nice, but silently NO, because the host and I both know there’s no way in hell I’d attend that party, because we don’t even like each other, but we have to act cordial in public, don’t ask why, long story, MAYBE I’ll tell you one day.”

The evite required a YES / NO / MAYBE response.

Charlene needed a more nuanced one that said, “YES, for appearance’s sake so the other invitees think I’m nice, but silently NO, because the host and I both know there’s no way in hell I’d attend that party, because we don’t even like each other, but we have to act cordial in public, don’t ask why, long story, MAYBE I’ll tell you one day.”

At a good wine shop, they might get snobby when they see you’re choosing wine based on the picture on the bottle. At a great wine shop, they say, “Oh, you like animals? Here’s a glorious pinot WITH an adorable giraffe on it.”
(This goes out to Dan the Man and the gang at the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills — a great indie business — in keeping with the Nashville theme I’m writing about for the NYT.)

At a good wine shop, they might get snobby when they see you’re choosing wine based on the picture on the bottle. At a great wine shop, they say, “Oh, you like animals? Here’s a glorious pinot WITH an adorable giraffe on it.”

(This goes out to Dan the Man and the gang at the Wine Shoppe at Green Hills — a great indie business — in keeping with the Nashville theme I’m writing about for the NYT.)

"Normcore" - a fashion word combining "hardcore" and "normal," used to describe an aesthetic that intentionally embraces popular-with-the-masses looks of the past, particularly the 80s and 90s
Or as Amy knows it, that magical moment when the Cosby sweater and Tretorns she never stopped wearing suddenly turned cool.

"Normcore" - a fashion word combining "hardcore" and "normal," used to describe an aesthetic that intentionally embraces popular-with-the-masses looks of the past, particularly the 80s and 90s

Or as Amy knows it, that magical moment when the Cosby sweater and Tretorns she never stopped wearing suddenly turned cool.

Went out to run errands, drove past a dog shelter adoption event, accidentally got new dogs instead of crackers and printer ink. Oops.
(This is another tie-in to the Nashville series I’m writing, and it goes out to the great animal rescue organizations: Nashville Humane Association, Love at First Sight, and all the others that look out for homeless pups.)
(And cats… fine, cats too.)

Went out to run errands, drove past a dog shelter adoption event, accidentally got new dogs instead of crackers and printer ink. Oops.

(This is another tie-in to the Nashville series I’m writing, and it goes out to the great animal rescue organizations: Nashville Humane Association, Love at First Sight, and all the others that look out for homeless pups.)

(And cats… fine, cats too.)

Gotta love when Queen Latifah tweets out a penguin.

Many thanks to The Queen Latifah Show for having The Random Penguins on again for the back-to-school theme!

Gotta love when Queen Latifah tweets out a penguin.

Many thanks to The Queen Latifah Show for having The Random Penguins on again for the back-to-school theme!

Plenty of ice and water … not a bucket in sight.

Want to get icy and soggy for a good cause? Cool. Give some $$ or volunteer for www.ALS.org — because we need to find a way to cure that disease.

Want to give to a different cause? Awesome. Perhaps you’d like to support the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Or maybe your thing is diabetes or AIDS or something else. That’s cool, too.

Maybe, instead of having an ice bath while you write your check, you’d like to wear a pink ribbon or a red pin or go on a 3-day walk or a 5-hour swim or a 2-week hike. Maybe you post about it on social media. Maybe you slap a bumper sticker on your car, because even though you know a bumper sticker doesn’t cure anything, you hate the disease that took someone you love, and you feel powerless, and you just want to make your statement to the atmosphere that you were not OK with that. That’s also cool.

Or maybe you find that stuff stupid or silly and you prefer do your thing and give some time and money to what matters to you, quietly, without telling anyone. Still cool.

The point is: SUPPORT RESEARCH. Maybe if you give a little something in whatever way works for you, and so do I, and so does everyone else, then someone, somewhere will be able to afford one more set of test tubes and it’ll be THAT set of test tubes that solves everything. You never know. Why not try? 

Fuck ALS. Fuck cancer. Fuck it all. GO SCIENCE.

Plenty of ice and water … not a bucket in sight.

Want to get icy and soggy for a good cause? Cool. Give some $$ or volunteer for www.ALS.org — because we need to find a way to cure that disease.

Want to give to a different cause? Awesome. Perhaps you’d like to support the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Or maybe your thing is diabetes or AIDS or something else. That’s cool, too.

Maybe, instead of having an ice bath while you write your check, you’d like to wear a pink ribbon or a red pin or go on a 3-day walk or a 5-hour swim or a 2-week hike. Maybe you post about it on social media. Maybe you slap a bumper sticker on your car, because even though you know a bumper sticker doesn’t cure anything, you hate the disease that took someone you love, and you feel powerless, and you just want to make your statement to the atmosphere that you were not OK with that. That’s also cool.

Or maybe you find that stuff stupid or silly and you prefer do your thing and give some time and money to what matters to you, quietly, without telling anyone. Still cool.

The point is: SUPPORT RESEARCH. Maybe if you give a little something in whatever way works for you, and so do I, and so does everyone else, then someone, somewhere will be able to afford one more set of test tubes and it’ll be THAT set of test tubes that solves everything. You never know. Why not try?

Fuck ALS. Fuck cancer. Fuck it all. GO SCIENCE.