Monday, July 28, 2008

Money Camp Story on ABC News

I chatted with ABC News about my WSJ money camp story. Click here to watch the video (sorry, no embed code!) and there's a little article, too. Behold, my furrowed brow!

And the real lesson here is that if you hit the gym the same morning that you're interviewed for national TV, make sure that you're hair isn't all goofy.

[ABC News]

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bicycles and Fairies: The Magic and Mystery of the LES

Once upon a time (May 30th) I emerged from the East Broadway F train station, fresh from a red-eye flight from Peru. Laden with baggage, I lumbered toward my apartment, knowing that a stack of to-do post its awaited.

Before I hit the entrance, horror struck.

Someone attacked my precious bike. The seat was gone, as was the front wheel. It's red frame, still locked, sat tilted from the trauma. I was too cracked out from my flight to process the immense suckiness of my favorite mode of transportation being destroyed. I hated my landlord for not having an indoor bike haven and hated myself for not using extra locks.

One of my roommates reported that his front wheel, but not seat, was also stolen. People suck.

A couple of weeks pass and I was too busy and downtrodden to deal with my bike. I waited in hot subway trains and got blisters walking. Seeing the two-wheeled delivery boys horneting around made me bitter.

One morning, I saw a bike wheel leaning against my bike frame. Another wheel rested next to my roommate's bike. I reasoned that he bought two wheels and handed me the second.

I entered the apartment. "Hey, Mary. Thanks for the wheel."

"I thought you bought the wheel."

"I thought you did."


"Then where did it come from?"

I believe in the Bicycle Wheel Fairy (BWF) of the Lower East Side - a tender soul who runs around righting the wrongs of thieves.

The next day, I headed out to try and attach the new miracle wheel.

But it was nowhere to be found.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

NYCers, tune into NPR today!

Check out Brian Lehrer's WNYC show this afternoon (starts at 10 a.m.) because I'm going to be on air talking about my WSJ staycation story.

And let's face it. New York is an awesome place to lounge.

UPDATE: Here's the clip and link to comments. I haven't had the bravery to examine.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Staycation: 2nd Article in Today's WSJ

Buy a paper and get two Mary articles for one! In addition to a cover story about comic books, I wrote a piece about staycations - vacations you take at home when the economy sucks - for the WSJ. We made a video about it yesterday, too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Page One Comics Story in Today's WSJ

My profile of Mort Walker and the National Cartoon Museum just went live on Be sure to check out the slideshow and TWO videos. We really had a multimedia blast on this one. Here's the video I helped out with. (Behold! my creepy narration!)

If you're print-school, look for it on A1 of Wednesday's paper.

UPDATE: A WSJ blogpost about the history of women in cartoons is up, too!

And I can revel in one of my greatest accomplishments - getting cartoons on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Camp Season = Talk of Retirement Planning?

They're letting me have way too much fun at The WSJ. In addition to sending me to the stock exchange, I also got to research summer camp. Click here to read all about it. Yes, money camps are real and they're not as nerdy as I thought. In fact, I'm a little mad that I didn't learn all this econ stuff at a younger age.

They better start building more finance camps. I think we're going to need a very financially savvy generation to dig us out of this garbage.

Some other time, I can write the moving personal essay about how the horse camp I went to as a child burned down and my mom accidentally sent me to Jesus camp instead. The brochures looked so lovely...

If you're interested in a more female take, I scribed a spinoff post for the WSJ Front Lines blog about all-girls finance camps.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008