Happy Valentine’s Day friends/family/boyfriends/girlfriends/exes/the cigar-shaped chocolate stick sitting on my desk. Wherever you might be right now in the swirly, heart-fluttery mess of the dating sphere, there is a group of freshman girls in college somewhere who’s overdramatizing the unbearable status of their singledom. Think Cher in Clueless. While I periodically indulge myself in the musings of such a group, Claire Bai, one of my best friends from high school … Continue reading Duke or Bai: Overwritten and under-enthused musings on love and millennial dating culture.
Hello! I’m Zoe from Georgia, mentioned in the occasional blog post, sometimes seen in pictures or featured in videos, otherwise known as “the roommate.” Alice and I threw our names into the bucket of fate by going random with our roommate search and met on move-in day with no prior knowledge of one another other than Facebook profile pictures. Strangers with wildly different hometowns and … Continue reading Guest Post! What it’s like living with Alice Dai. From, her roommate.
ANNOUNCEMENT dukeordai.wordpress.com is no longer. Welcome to dukeordai.com! Over the break I revamped the site and reorganized all of my posts. New logo! New fonts! New tags! New categories! At some point near 2AM one night, I was playing around with the new features in WordPress Premium, shivering at my desk since the heater was off and listening to Cigarettes After Sex but only because I had accidentally ventured into … Continue reading Introducing….dukeordai.com!!!!
‘Tis the season peeps. I wrote this on the plane home, but then I got off the plane and there was just so! much! stuff! to! do! Gosh, I missed you, San Francisco. To make up for it, here’s a fan-fricking-tastic, nutritious, unintentionally topical song for you: Patiently Waiting – Terrace Martin And now…the time I missed my flight home: It’s 8 PM on Sunday right now, and … Continue reading Missing my flight home and “kicking the shit out of option B”
I’m back home, writing from the same green, striped couch in my living room that I wrote all of my college essays on a year ago. When my dad picked me up from the airport, I felt like we were just driving home after a really really long day of school. The finger doodles I made on the foggy car window last winter were still there, and I added a few more smudgy … Continue reading This little nugget is home from college! Thoughts on childhood.
I’m at an election party in the Sanford School of Public Policy, LITERALLY DYING. People are sobbing and a drunk guy kicked the life-sized Trump cutout. North Carolina just turned red and yup, still have math homework due tomorrow. The sun better not rise tomorrow. See you at Shooters, Alice Update: Here’s some footage of the night of the election. High-key distressing in hindsight, … Continue reading OMG I LIVE IN A SWING STATE!!! WE’RE DOOMED! AGH!!
H.E.Y.H.O.W.A.R.E.Y.O.U.D.O.I.N.G? I was late for class because I prioritized and decided to eat the fluffiest pancakes with strawberries yesterday. Good choice? Y.U.M. Something that’s really surprised me about Duke is the arts community. Durham has a bustling underground music scene, and small artists regularly play free shows at the Duke Coffeehouse (Anna and I call it CoHo as a tribute to our dear friend Stanford). There’s … Continue reading We’re not in Silicon Valley anymore, Dorothy. Finding beauty in the arts.
The governor of North Carolina declared a state of emergency last week because of Hurricane Matthew. According to Zoe (my roommate), states of emergency are common. Me: Dude, we’re in a state of emergency. Zoe: Meh. Me: Isn’t that like serious. Zoe: No, we get it all the time. Don’t you get those in California. Me: Lol. Earthquakes don’t work like that. But!!!! Guess!!!! What!!!! I … Continue reading I made a video! Thanks Matthew 🙂