Tess Barker

Stuff

How to Attend a Wedding in Your Twenties

Here's a rundown of everything you'll experience at a modern wedding when you're just old enough to believe you're way too young for this stuff.
Tess Barker
6.18.15
Stuff

My Hearing Loss Felt Normal, Until I Tried to Fix It

I've been half-deaf my whole life. But when I finally heard sound with a hearing aid, my hearing loss started to frustrate me more than it ever had before.
Tess Barker
5.28.15
Stuff

Teachers Talk About Their Most Embarrassing Classroom Moments

Teachers are people too, and sometimes they make mistakes. We asked real-life teachers for their most embarrassing moments.
Tess Barker
4.28.15
Travel

I Went to Denver's Illicit 4/20 Celebration

Denver's Civic Center Park was technically a no-smoking zone on 4/20, but that didn't stop people from gathering for an impromptu toke.
Tess Barker
4.22.15
Travel

Chasing Adrenaline and Childhood Memories at Six Flags Magic Mountain

After my parents divorced, my dad was a twitching nerve who constantly smoked, didn't sleep much and took us to theme parks every other weekend.
Tess Barker
4.8.15
Sports

Grace Gundrum Is a 12-Year-Old Grappling Prodigy Who Can Kick Your Ass

The jiu-jitsu champion is "all business" on the mat, but at home she's just a little girl who likes to play Minecraft.
Tess Barker
3.31.15
Sports

​I Spent St Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas Watching a 'Leprechaun Wrestling' Match at a Strip Club

Last night, Larry Flynt's Hustler Club in Las Vegas celebrated St Patrick's Day by dropping a wrestling ring in between its stripping stages and inviting a group of "leprechaun wrestlers" to duke it out.
Tess Barker
3.19.15
Stuff

In Defence of Bachelorette Parties

Weddings are basically your first funeral, and a bachelorette party is your last good bye – a chance to get some closure before another one of you crosses over the great divide to talking about mortgage rates and going off the pill.
Tess Barker
3.18.15
Travel

I Stayed Up for 24 Hours with a Stranger in a Performance-Art Airbnb

There is an apartment in Brooklyn where you can stay for free if you and someone you've never met spend 24 straight hours together "making something."
Tess Barker
3.14.15
Stuff

My Time as a 'Cool' Substitute Teacher and a Complete Trainwreck

I showed up hungover, sent kids to Starbucks for coffee and let my students do whatever they wanted. They loved me.
Tess Barker
2.19.15
Tech

My Impossible Quest to Teach My Mom the Language of the iPhone

Sooner or later you have to start parenting your parents.
Tess Barker
1.30.15
Stuff

I Fixed My Credit by Day Drinking

I've put off dealing with my bad credit for years now by ignoring 1-800 numbers and continuing to rack up debt. But then I had a thought: What if I could trick myself into fixing my credit by throwing myself a party?
Tess Barker
1.21.15
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