I love me some of The Stranger. While I will always open it directly to the Savage Love column, I happened upon a new column in the July 8-14 issue that made me roll with laughter – The Incredible Hulk. The premier rant was “Hulk Not Racist But…” It was a diatribe about German’s inability to queue. A topic that I ranted about the whole time we lived in Deutschland. Laurel heard my opinion so many times that she developed Spidy-Sense and would stop me even as I opened my mouth to launch into my well-rehearsed, and well-thought out if I must say, argument about the genetic inability of a German to stand in an orderly line and take their proper turn. Holy CRAP!! it used to piss me off: getting on the subway train, at the movies, at Starbucks, in stores, while BUYING GROCERIES!!! Man, I am all worked up just thinking about it!
Needless to say, I hope to be turning there after finishing Dan Savage’s musings each week. The New Column section in The Stranger seems to be more of a test piece and they come and go. I will be sending fan mail asking that this one stays.
I have been into indi weeklies since the day I lived in Little Rock, AR when the weekly there, The Night Flyer, was my lone source of of local left leaning news and local color. My appreciation only grew after moving to Orange County and reading the OC Weekly every Saturday morning at Wahoo’s while choing on a Maui Bowl. The OC Weekly ranted about the Sheriff, Mike Corona, for years complaining about his corruption, mob ties, kickbacks, etc… Then one day it all proved true and the rest of the news establishment jumped on the bandwagon. The paper has rightfully won a number of Pulitzers for their hard work and is where I also found Savage Love for the first time. Laurel and I would read the reader letters with equal mix of fascination, horror, disgust, and glee – good old fashion American fun!
Note: This post was written completely on my iPhone, with the WordPress App, while I was in the air somewhere above Idaho. I heart my iPhone!