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Stop 1: Mexico

By : March 2, 2021 No Comment
My 2021 adventure is officially off to the races! In case you missed the prelude, I will be traveling to 12 Cities in 12 months throughout the year. My first stop on the adventure: Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Okay, okay, I know what you're thinking: if you're supposed to be exploring different cities in America, why are you in Mexico?  Mexico made the list for two reasons:  1. If T***p was reelected, I planned for it to be my escape pod.   2. I knew that if he lost, there would be some drama in January and I wanted to be nowhere near the US when it happened. Before the election, I spent a great deal of time researching different cities in Mexico for ex-pats and LGBTQ people. I've been to
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Food Adventures: Mexico

By : March 2, 2021 01 Comment
Hello! Thank you for checking out my food adventures during my month in Mexico. I've provided some quick notes on each place for your next trip. Enjoy. Must Hits Primo Avenida 10, C. 14 Nte esquina, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: Quality food. Great service. Great for people watching. Los Hijos Del Mar. 77720, 30 Avenida Nte. LB, Gonzalo Guerrero, Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: Nice local spot. Off the beaten path a bit. Chez Céline Av 5ta, Calle 34 Nte Esquina, Solidaridad, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note: French bakery that also serves breakfast. Everything is great. Except the tiramisu. Everything else is fire though. Mu. Burgerhouse Av. 10 10 Avenida Norte, C. 24 Nte, Quintas del Carmen, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico Note:
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12 Cities in 12 Months

By : February 23, 2021 No Comment
I think it's safe to say that 2020 was a shit show. That said, for me, 2019 was far worse.    The first half of the year centered around rebuilding my life after ending my engagement and walking away from a five-year relationship while I juggled keeping MyUmbrella afloat. By May, I was emotionally tapped out, and yet I bullishly press forwarded in typical Angie fashion. I suppose that after years of bullishly pressing forward, my body finally had enough. The second half of the year, I found myself couch-ridden - if you will - after I woke up one day in excruciating pain and barely able to walk. That led to months and months of doctors appointments, test after test, and every type of pain medication that didn't help until
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Thanksgiving Hate Mail

By : November 29, 2020 01 Comment
On Thanksgiving morning, I woke up feeling relaxed, refreshed and determined to knock out some work before celebrating one of my favorite ( albeit subdued because of the pandemic) holidays. That was short-lived when I checked my emails around 8 AM. "You should've killed yourself back in 05." It was a simple pointed message from someone named Alvaro C in response to an ad placed on Craigslist in DC to recruit new writers. My initial reaction was, "Well, this person has nothing else better to do with their lives," and laughed it off. Over the next hour or so, I thought of at least 50 different responses that I could've sent to this message, from passive-aggressive phrases to expletive-laden rants. In the end, I had to remind myself of one
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Drag Race Holland Has Failed Their Non-Binary Queens

By : October 21, 2020 Comments Off
Growing up, I always felt like an outcast. I was always labeled as a tomboy. I hated the color pink. I still think that jumping rope is one of the stupidest activities that people do. I never felt like I found my place. When you're born and raised in San Francisco, you see a little bit of everything. Whether it was with friends or family, I would spot a drag queen on more than one occasion. When I was with family, the reactions range from grumblings under their breath to a simple head shake. When I was with friends, it was always that long quiet stare until you pass them, at which point everyone would burst out in laughter and make comments. Not wanting to stand out even more than
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I Found Love in a Hopeless Place

By : September 27, 2020 Comments Off
Next. Swipe Left. Nope. Next. Swipe Left. Hmmm...she’s interesting, a med student, here for a month. Swipe Right. It was a shot in the dark. The invisible first move with ‘no strings attached’ that is online dating. Soon, I had a new match. It was you. From our first conversation, communication was effortless. Easy. It felt like I knew you. Our first date was the same. Easy. A dream. Football. Beer. BBQ. And you. For the month of January, it was nothing but laughs, fun, food, and sex. On the 31st, you were gone. We both knew the deal going in. We both made the most of our time together. I promised to visit once you received your residency placement and we vowed to keep in touch. To be honest,
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