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Top 5 Things From The Past Week: 9/9-9/25

Welcome to Issue No. 7 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to johnagliata@gmail.com.

No. 5: I reached out to a friend

I have not been shy about sharing that I’ve been a total loser for a lot of my adult life when it comes to friends. This is sad and unfortunate. The result is that I end up shouldering a whole lot of stuff alone … or that I dump too much on Wifey Poo. Not cool. So last week I reached out to a friend to talk through some big stuff. It felt good. I wish he lived closer. He’s the one true friend I have in this world outside the walls of my home these days.


No. 4: Took a mental health day

I have rarely taken a sick day when I’m not totally incapacitated. Last week, I did. I had gone to a concert on Sunday night and was tired. I hadn’t been feeling great and had a stuffed-up ear. So instead of dragging my ass out of bed after four hours of sleep and trudging into work, I went to urgent care, got my ear fixed up and, get this … chilled. I did little to nothing until I went to Boy The Younger’s baseball game that evening. It felt great.


No. 3: Went to a doctor

So yeah … self-care might not be the easiest thing for me. I’d had the aforementioned stuffy ear for a week and a half. I’d done a virtual doctor’s appointment, which, when your ear is stuffy, is kinda like trying to figure out that knocking sound in your car is with a mechanic on the phone. Monday morning, I said “screw it,” and went to Urgent Care, where an impossibly young medical assistant poured gallons of liquid into my head to flush it out. Perhaps I should have done that sooner.


No. 2: Went to two grunge concerts

I am music. I need music. Going to Pearl Jam on Sunday and Alice in Chains on Wednesday proved two things. 1) I’m not as young as I used to be and can be wiped out by two concerts in a week, and 2) My soul benefits greatly from hearing live music. Added benefit: Breaking Benjamin opened for Alice, and they were amazing.


No. 1: Took my son on a trip

Boy The Younger and I went to Kansas City this weekend. We toured the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame and went to the College Basketball Experience. In between, we ate BBQ, found a cool coffee shop, stayed in a neat Airbnb and made some great memories. Oh, and BTY can sky … if you ignore that “7′” sign.


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Top 5 Pieces of Advice I Have For You Today

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Top 10 Podcasts Worth Checking Out

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