The first incarnation of Love and Other Indoor Sports began in 2000, at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was my junior year, and I was Features Editor of The Skidmore News. I began writing a weekly, “Sex and the City”-style column for college students, addressing issues from long distance relationships to faking orgasms. I became accustomed to, and amused by, my fellow students tilting their heads in recognition and inquiring, “you’re the sex girl, aren’t you?”
The second incarnation came in 2007. I was a journalism grad student at Northwestern, and had the opportunity to write a blog for Beep, a now-defunct online component of The Chicago Daily Herald, directed toward young adults.
The third time, as it is said, is the charm. In 2010, I was asked to take over a well-conceived but ill-received new feature in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, where I began working as a features reporter in 2008. At the time, it was known as “Male Call,” and it was intended to offer young men the female perspective on all things romantic and related. I convinced my editors to change the name of the column, and thus another chapter of Love and Other Indoor Sports began.
Some people hated what I had to say, and made no bones about telling me. Others loved it, or at least appreciated it. And others still were just plain creepy. But hey, what do you expect?
This blog is a reproduction of the “third wave” of Love and Other Indoor Sports. All material was originally printed in the Chattanooga Times Free Press. If available, I will also post feedback I received at the time of publication. Some of it is touching, some is less than entirely pleasant, and some is just thoroughly entertaining.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: The column title is derived from a Judy Blume book, “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.” The line is how the main character signs off her letters.
Thanks for visiting and for letting me share my work and my thoughts with you. I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me.
And so in closing, because it seems only appropriate…
Love, and other indoor sports,