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Top 5 Things From The Past Week: Oct. 10-16 edition

Welcome to Issue No. 9 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 pledged to finish something

I am a writer. If I’m going to be a writer, I should probably write, right? And that’s usually not a problem for me. What is a problem for me is finishing stuff I start writing. So I’ve pledged to not be distracted and start any other short story until I finish the one I’m working on right now. So far so good. I’ve got about 20 pages of pretty good writing, I think.


No. 4: Chainsawed and burned stuff

I spent Saturday morning cleaning up under a cedar tree I’d trimmed over the summer and then cutting up a bunch of fallen trees in the woods-line. I love chainsaws. I also burned a whole bunch of boxes and brush, because that’s what we do in rural Missourah.


No. 3: Gave my wife chill time

For Christmas last year, I gave Wifey Poo a coupon that would leave her home alone for an entire day. She’s constantly on the go and largely with Boy The Younger most days as his homeschool teacher and mom. Sunday, I took BTY and we went and did our thing while she got to do whatever it was she wanted to do. I think that’s a pretty good husband thing to do.


No. 2: Bonded with my boy

I understand the notion of quality time. I happen to think quality time without quantity time isn’t necessarily good dadding. Boy The Younger needs his dad. That means a fully present, healthy dad who puts in the time to meet him where he is and to share his interests. So Sunday, when he and I got out of Wifey Poo’s hair, we did BTY stuff — going to the zoo, to a thrift store, to eat good food, to watch football, to play baseball. I felt like a pretty good dad at the end of the day.


No. 1: Didn’t go blind

After my right eye went from fully functioning to a blurry mess over the course of two hours on Monday morning, I saw four different doctors in five days and am now on the mend from a nasty eye infection that, apparently, could have damaged my eyesight permanently. Here’s to sight!


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91 Songs on My Top 100 Super Seventies Songs

Welcome to Issue No. 13 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. The 1970s was an interesting decade. Fashion was absolutely horrible, a president actually resigned, and music was […]

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Top 5 Cool Things We Don’t Appreciate Enough

Welcome to Issue No. 12 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. It’s easy to appreciate the big things. That I have two sons here on Earth who are […]

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62 Things Wives Can Do To Show Love To Their Husbands

Welcome to Issue No. 11 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. Most married couples enter marriage having heard at least once that marriage is work. Very, very few […]

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Top 5 (More) Little Annoying Things That Can Ruin Your Day

Welcome to Issue No. 10 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. Here’s the thing about Annoying Things: They’re everywhere. It wasn’t a few weeks ago that I wrote […]

Top 5 Things I Hate About My Nissan Versa

Welcome to Issue No. 9 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. It made sense back in 2015 when I stopped owning SUVs and transitioned to what I call […]

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Top 5 Things From The Past Week: 9/26-10/2

Welcome to Issue No. 8 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 held an epic car concert If you were anywhere in the vicinity of my […]

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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 […]

Top 5 Songs on Shinedown’s ‘Planet Zero’

Welcome to Issue No. 6 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. The rock band Shinedown burst on the scene early in the new century and made its mark […]

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Top 5 Pieces of Advice I Have For You Today

Welcome to Issue No. 5 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. Humans are good at giving advice. Taking it? Not so much. The problem is that most advice […]

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Top 5 Little Annoying Things That Can Ruin Your Day

Welcome to Issue No. 4 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. We all know what the big things are that can take a good day and make it […]

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Top 10 Most Annoying Shit I Have To Do To Stay Relatively Healthy

Welcome to Issue No. 3 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. There was a time that being relatively healthy was easy. I just simply existed. I could eat […]

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Top 10 Podcasts Worth Checking Out

Welcome to Issue No. 2 of Listicles, the feature that presents 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. I remember precisely where I was when I became a podcast addict, and I’m not proud of it. […]

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Top 10 Songs to Sooth a Hurting Heart

Welcome to the debut edition of Listicles, the feature that presents 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. Heartache sucks. Knowing you’re not alone in your pain makes it suck less. That’s why the heartache song […]

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