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Misunderstood Fashion

In Did You See This?, Street Seens on March 5, 2013 at 9:49 am


The homecoming queen of Mesopotamia High, an adventurous princess of impeccable breeding and looks, spent a randy afternoon with her BFF’s boyfriend.
A little bondage, a little erotic asphyxiation & a lot of fellatio.
Her scant clothes were laying in pieces all over the house when she realized he was IMing pictures of her to BFF.
Furious she grabbed a clean sheet and stalked out after motherfucking him a few times.
She covered her head and face to hide her sweat matted hair, the marks on her throat, her bee stung lips and the blush that kept covering her face when she thought of the games they had played. She made sure to hide the ligature abrasions on her wrists and ankles.
The paparazzi camped outside the castle recognized her and posted pictures of her novel dress- which soon went viral.

Soon all the girls mimicked the look & their mother’s disapproved- for a while- and then embraced it.


Maybe My Life IS Weirder than Yours- Or Maybe I Just Pay Better Attention

In Did You See This? on August 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

I’m on the train the other morning juggling the New York Times on the IPad and dealing with these Texts that keep coming in over the transom and spy something green, my favorite color, over the top of the screen. A Praying Mantis is crawling up my leg during my morning commute. I check it out, take a few pics, pick it off my leg and put it back on the floor. And it crawls right up again for some quality time. So now I have to reciprocate, I suspect it is a her; but that may just be my neediness for female company. I wonder if there is anything totemic about a Praying Mantis. I wonder why any of the 3 people seated immediately next tom me aren’t looking- maybe they think this is some weird pet I’ve pulled from my pocket.

09/08 the Rat Bastards at the NYTimes left us out. Bug Beauty Contest

Sure Why Not? Too bad I’m no longer hustling Hippie Chicks.

“The mantis comes to us when we need peace, quiet and calm in our lives. Usually the mantis makes an appearance when we’ve flooded our lives with so much business, activity, or chaos that we can no longer hear the still small voice within us because of the external din we’ve created.”

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Craftsman Circle H Ratchet

In Cat Skull Studio, Tool Kit on May 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Circle H Craftsman Maybe a cheaper/value line rather than extremely old... The ratchet mechanism does not lock in forward or reverse. Evidently the Circle H means it was made in New Britain, CT between 1931-1947. Sears rolled out the Craftsman line in 1927.

Circle H Craftsman Maybe a cheaper/value line and not extremely old… The ratchet mechanism does not lock in forward or reverse. Evidently the Circle H means it was made in New Britain, CT between 1931-1947. Sears rolled out the Craftsman line in 1927.

Expensive Delusions of Superfluous People

In Guest Writers on September 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Expensive Delusions of Superfluous People:

“This will probably get some folks riled up… but heck, who can afford to pay so much for something that they can never hope to use to earn enough money to pay off their college debts?”

The following quote is from an Open Letter signed by 190 Writing educators in protest of the Poets & Writers 2012 ranking of Creative Writing Programs. If this is not some sort of confession that an MFA or PhD level education in how to write stories is not directly comparable to Adult classes in pot-holder weaving then I do not know what else to call it. I bring this up as the proliferation of programs to teach creative writing far exceeds the development of programs to teach people how to do the work of fixing old buildings, carpentry, roofing, plumbing, masonry, electrical, etc. Will an infrastructure stimulus reach these folks?

“In economic times like these, there is no immediate correspondence between any degree and employment. This is particularly true of the MFA in creative writing and PhD in English with a creative dissertation. While we work hard to help our graduates find jobs, it is essential to understand that creative writing for the vast majority is not a profession. Some writers earn their living as teachers, but others are lawyers, full-time homemakers, doctors, editors, business owners, sales clerks, and mechanics. No applicant should consider pursuing a creative writing degree assuming the credential itself leads to an academic job. And no applicant should put her or himself in financial peril in order to pursue the degree.”

Back when I was fresh in NYC and thought that I wanted to be known as a writer, I knew most of the staff at Poets & Writers. They were all good people, full of idealistic enthusiasm; and they worked hard and seriously to promote the literary arts. I imagine that they still do work, hard and seriously. We need literature and the arts in our culture, but education programs that enable folks to go into serious levels of debt for a professed unemployable hobby is not quite right. After a few years of dealing with the bullshit of the writer’s scene, I decided to fix old buildings as a career and  write on my own time. Being able to write was more important to me than being known as a writer, and having money in the pocket and able to pay the bills meant even more. These days when I meet young folks who tell me they are writers or painters or artists, I dig further to find out what is their real job.

standup2p observes:

“Of course it’s going to rile some people; that’s why I invited you to send something”

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