Being 33 means agreeing to schedule a root canal for 8 AM on a Monday
|Jun 20||Public post|
Over the course of the last few years, I have received a series of out-of-the-blue texts from a Chicago friend, always asking, “Have you found a dentist yet?” This is because I once admitted to her my deepest shame, which is that I just never, ever go to get cleanings or exams. She was a sympathetic ear. She too put off dental care for a VERY long time, only to have an expensive emergency-rate wake-up call when it was too late. I knew she was correct to suspect that I still hadn’t fixed anything, but I would usually just respond to these texts with nervous laughter and/or subject-changing questions.
Ever have that one thing that’s on your to-do list and you just keep putting it off, and suddenly you just haven’t seen a dentist in 12 years? Lolol, we’ve ALL been there, I am sure. I am a garbage person who used to use moving a lot and not having good dental insurance as an excuse but look, I’ve had my current job for five years and we have an excellent benefits package. Anyway, so I finally went and hey, it turns out one of my molars is on the verge of crumbling right out of my face! Cool cool coooool
“When is the last time you saw a dentist?” my new one asked me as I frantically texted my brother to ask if he remembered the name of our childhood militant tooth torturer.
“I haven’t gone since the last time my mom made me, and she died in 2007,” I said. But just as I remember from my childhood, dentists are not easily charmed.
“I can’t believe you’re not in constant pain,” he said halfway through my exam.
So now I’m scheduled for a root canal Monday morning! Anyway, call your dentist. Being an adult is the literal worst.
But enough about that – Let’s move on to the matter at hand:
What I’ve Been Making for the Internet
For Apartment Therapy, I interviewed an actual real estate agent in Monterey about whether or not Reese Witherspoon’s character on Big Little Lies is a good realtor. I also wrote about Jodie, the new Daria spin-off MTV is making!
Over at Clintonville Spotlight, I wrote a profile of a nearly-100-year-old woman who has lived in the same apartment complex for almost six decades. I also wrote about the complex itself, which celebrates 80 years this summer.
I didn’t write this, but I did make it happen. I sent a press release about my roller derby team’s June 8 home game to local media, and the Marietta Times wrote a feature about the team as a result. Hooray for good public relations!
Speaking of roller derby, thanks to Herb McConnell, of my native Noble County, for getting this video of me playing offense and defense at the same time.
What I’ve Been Reading
Veronica Mars is coming back to Hulu next month, and here is an oral history of the best show from 2004 about a plucky girl detective. (Via Stefanie! Thank you, Stef!)
The Atlantic wrote about a subject dear to my heart, which is that everyone should be tipping hotel maids. I care so much because I spent the longest, most surreal summer of my life cleaning strangers’ toilets with my best friend.
An oldie but a goodie from Buzzfeed about Justin Timberlake’s problematic ass, brought back into the conversation thanks to Jessica Biel and this anti-vaxxer bullshit she’s running. Never forget, JT is trash!
This went into a thing I’ve always been puzzled by: Kate Hudson basically stopped acting and started shilling (what I hear is very flattering) athletic wear. There was a 2-3 year window when I kind of looked like Kate Hudson or at least we had the same hair and I got so upset when she started straightening it for movie roles. (According to her insta, she’s mostly keeping it straight or slightly wavy these days. JUST LET THOSE NATURAL CURLS FLY.)
What I Loved This Week
I miss Jon Stewart. Related, this was an interesting piece in Vanity Fair about how millennials owe a lot to Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert because they taught them a way to think about national politics and news. I know I started really caring about the war in Iraq when in college because Stewart was outraged. It may have been hidden behind a bunch of jokes about W, but it was there.
Have you watched Always Be My Maybe on Netflix yet?? It’s a delight. Plus, its A+ Keanu Reeves cameo convinced me to finally watch John Wick 1 and 2. I’ve been stanning him since 1999 and I’m just glad the internet is finally catching up to my most excellent opinions.
A roller skate emoji is finally in the works (see #54)!!! Long time subscribers will know I’ve been on this particular crusade for YEARS.
Here is a fantastic thread of Democratic presidential candidates as Parks & Rec GIFs. Don’t say I never gave you anything.
The 2019 List of Twitter Calls for Pitches/Submissions Google Doc is up to date!
On the Cut, why does writing suck?
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About me: I wrote a collection of essays about love, loss, and roller derby. Buy a mini version of it for less than five bucks. I’m currently based in the Mid Ohio Valley after having lived in Chicago and Portland for a few years. Follow me on Instagram (@merylkwilliams) and Twitter (@MerylWilliams) for social media posts about screaming about everyone needing to watch Veronica Mars, thicc roller derby thighs that won’t be contained by mere Under Armour athletic shorts, and jamming in a bout for the first time ever.
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