Quote of the Week

"School would be so much more fun if I was a genius."
                    - Dude who sits behind me in math 

Friend Wishlist

If I could make a Friend Wishlist, like you can make an Amazon wishlist, I would be all about that. These are some folks that would definitely be on there.

Margaret & Helen - Awesome octogenarian bloggers
Helen does most the writing for the blog and it has brought so much joy to my days. I think this just further cements the fact that I am not meant to hang out with people my own age, cause all I wanna do is chill with Margaret and Helen. I'm not gonna lie, I kind of want to be her when I grow up too. Here is an example of her brilliance: 
"Look. I called Governor Palin a bitch. Some of you didn’t like that word and I really don’t care. I’ve been around the block a few times. Hell, in dog years I’m already dead so a little word like bitch is hardly cause for concern in my world. But when a crowd starts yelling 'terrorist', 'kill him' and 'Arab'… well that is entirely different and it’s time the guys driving this Straight Talk Express started using their heads for something other than hat racks. If you watch Palin doing her little performance at those rallies you quickly realize that she is either too stupid to see or just doesn’t care that her dog sled is going down a slippery slope. We can’t put that in the White House. We just can’t. "

YACHT - Musicians/Dancin' Fools
Their awkward makes me happy, mostly because I feel as though we have very similar awkward. And their songs are pretty great. These are some young people I can get behind. Let's hang out and have a dance party sometime. Watch and enjoy (the actually song starts around 1:10). 

Sunday is Fun Day!

This is really really amusing. Enjoy. And enjoy the season finale of Mad Men.

Happy Sunday friends.

Une lettre pour mon ami imaginaire

Cher GrandMarnier,

How are you? I hope you are well. I am writing to apologize for not going to see you and Yelle and Tepr on Tuesday. You see, I had to work and then give this ridiculous presentation and there was just no way I could make it in time. It really broke my heart. I mean, who knows when you will be back anywhere near the US, let alone Chicago? Please forgive me. Next time, I will be there, wearing everything day-glow and giant smile on my face.

Anyway, maybe one day we can all hang out and wear brightly colored pants and just chill. It would be super fun. I swear.

Thanks for making wonderful music and being adorable.



p.s. - Your purple pants are way awesome. Keep up the good work.

photo by John Brunner

Quote of the Week:

"I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. 'Can I interest you in the chicken?' she asks. 'Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?' To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked." 
          -- David Sedaris

--via The New Yorker

Words by a cool lady

The flying trapeze,
With a cry of Allez-oop!
To jump the rails, kick over the traces,
To go on the town and visit places,
Sit ten at a table meant for two,
And choke on smoke, as you used to do,
To tread the floor with the dancing bears,
They on your feet and you on theirs,
To have flings at things
that philosophers true shun
And to undermine your constitu-shun.
Home is heaven and orgies are vile,
but you NEED an orgy once in a while!
-- Frances Benjamin Johnston

Aren't we all just so lovely?

Happy Love Your Body Day. 

Do they make baby door knocker earrings?

This will be one stylin' baby. Although it does creepy me out a little bit. There are some people you just don't see having babies, you know?

--via Brooklyn Vegan (photograph by Kyle Dean Reinford)

"The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy."

So I wrote this note on the Facebook a while back and just decided I would post it here as well. 

I am reading this book right now by sociologist Micheal Kimmel titled Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men and every sentence is like blowing my mind. It is a sociological study of men age 16 to 26 and why so many of them are acting like...guys for so freaking long. Kimmel's study included over 400 interviews over the span of about 4 years. Needless to say, he has spoken to many more dudes and bros that I ever wish to see in my entire life. Anyway, it is filled with so many wonderful wonderful quotes that I would have to practically retype the entire book just to tell you my favorite ones.

In one section he is discussing how young men define masculinity and the use of the phrase "that's gay" to define something as un-manly. Kimmel brings up a question he has asked during many of his interviews and workshops and that’s when the sad sad magic happens.

"If you see a man walking down the street, or meet him at a party, how do you 'know' if he is homosexual?...Women says they 'suspect' a man might be gay if he's interested in what she's talking about, knows something about what she's talking about, or is sensitive and a good listener...So, what do straight men do to make sure that no one gets the wrong idea about them?...Just make sure that you walk, talk, and act in a different way from the gay stereotype; dress terribly; show no taste in art or music; show no emotions at all. Never listen to a thing a woman saying, but express immediate and unquenchable sexual interest. Presto, you're a real man."

Sad stuff my friends. Sad stuff. 

An Open Letter

Dearest Freshens Employees,

Usually, the only noise I hear coming from your shop is the sound of your blender, but now there are some other noises in the air. From the small CD player/radio behind the counter a very significant amount emo-tunes are exploding into the world. Now everyone is entitled to their own musical taste, but really, you want to listen to an emo-fied cover of "I Promise You I Will" by Depeche Mode? Really? I can tell you put a lot of work into the mix-tape you brought to work today, but did you notice as you were making it that although you have selected multiple different artists; all their voices sound the same? Sometimes I wonder if it is really just like 3 guys who wear different wigs and hats, pretending to be multiple bands and stealing money away from lonely high school and college students everywhere.

Please do not be offended, for I am only trying to help you. Listen to it all you want, but do so in the privacy of your home or at a modest volume level. You don't see me forcing my music upon an unsuspecting public, now do you?

Love always,


P.S. - Wait. Now you are playing Katy Perry. Never mind. You're dead to me.

This is my life.

Come on. I know you want to....


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