Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Missed Connections

To the beautiful woman in the hipster hat and tight jeans, walking her dog, who almost took a dive on the wet crosswalk outside of [redacted], from the boy holding the birthday cake who rushed to help you, except you managed to catch yourself and it was all so completely awkward. I noticed you catching glances at me in the cafe earlier. thankfully I didn't drop the cake.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

We start this week with a great article from The American Prospect on the push for attention in Obama's agenda.

In economic swindl..I mean, bailout news: Treasury and the FED have handed out two trillion dollars. Where is it?! Alternet reports that there are borderline illegal deals going on and Democrats have only themselves to blame for the failure of Detroit. The Nation chimes in that Free-Marketers are proposing a Detroit shock doctrine themselves.

The New Republic looks into an great inside-the-numbers look at the economic collapse and debt exchange and why exactly does the economy grow better under higher taxes?

Why downturns in the art market matter.

Finally this week, big banks are trying to buy up public water systems and experts are predicting drinking water shortages by 2080.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Suds Poetics

Shampoo Issue 34 is due out shortly, featuring me! as well as my good friends Mike (Young) and Andy (Nicholson). Check it out in the sneaky preview section over at Shampoo.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Missed Connections

To the girl in the black pea coat in the French section of the [redacted] bookstore, from the guy sporting a messenger bag whom you kept looking over at.

I don't know if you noticed, but I picked up a copy of How to Make Out in Italian and flashed the cover in your direction SEVERAL times. I don't know if I could have been more obvious!

Enjoy your trip - maybe we'll meet at the airport next week?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Missed Connections

To the girl in the flannel shirt and messenger cap who came by the MassBike event at [redacted] to watch the bolt races, from the guy in the 'Pedal Revolution' hoodie working the table at the door.

You left your friends and came over more than once to talk about getting more into activism, even when I was out of drink tickets. And I noticed you weren't talking to any of the other volunteers.

If you don't see this, I hope you come by volunteer night like you told me you wanted to. I'd like to pick up our conversion where we left off.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Postcard Poem Series 51-55









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Dear Prabakar;

I am that same Patrick! Blogger isn't letting me view your profile to respond to your message, but I have work forthcoming in the next issue of Shampoo (www.shampoopoetry.com).

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week in science: is this the world's oldest temple, dating from 11,000 years ago?

In food this week, Alternet asks: is eating a political act? Also, Wired reports that fast food is just another name for corn.

In amazing news, an accidental breakthrough in AIDS research! And, in related policy wonk news: the upcoming battle over health care.

Also this week, college loan debt is getting out of hand.

Finally, in financial swindle news, Consumerist reports Goldman Sachs may be ripping off non-profits and charities. Forbes says the financial meltdown already has taxpayers on the hook for 5 trillion, and in fact the bailout is turning into a trillion-dollar crime. All this while American workers are already over-worked and vacation-starved.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Missed Connections

To the girl working at [redacted]'s Bakery today, who froze looking at me when I came in the door. I'm glad you caught yourself looking and smiled before asking what you get me, because you had one of the loveliest smiles I've ever seen, and big brown eyes to go along with it. I've never been in to your bakery before, but I'll start becoming a regular. Thanks for the coffee cake and the shy eye contact.

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Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

Yes we can! It's important for progressives to remember that this is only the beginning - now isn't the time to let up! Roosevelt wasn't elected as a progressive - it was the movement around him that carried the cause from the bottom up. The myth that we're a conservative country is falling apart.

Vanity Fair has a great story this week on politics, power and money.

The New York Times reports on the Bush regime: so little time, so much damage.

In economics this week, almost a million jobs were lost this year so far. The Nation reports on how to end the recession and Time says we need a new New Deal.

Finally, from National Geographic this weekL are there extra-universal structures?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Missed Connections

To the beautiful brown-haired woman in the red coat with the ink-stained t-shirt, at the opening of [redacted] at First Fridays tonight, you were talking with your hipster-mustached friend but kept looking over his shoulder at me. Maybe it was wishful thinking, but I couldn't help but look back. If you ever see this, I'd love to buy you a cup of coffee this weekend and talk sculpture and woodworking.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Missed Connections

To my coworker who one day drops by my office, pulls up her shirt to show her tattoos and arches her back before making eyes at me; and ignores me the next day.

I have no idea what to make of you, but my half-serious offer to grab Mexican brunch some weekend wasn't just half-serious office banter. I'm still waiting to see the photos of your [redacted] costume from Halloween.

My heart skipped a beat when you showed me your legs to show me your special Halloween socks.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Missed Connections

To our Trivia Night waitress at [redacted], I see you every week (I'm the stout beer and a garden burger - you always remember), and every week I miss at least two questions because I can't take my eyes off you. I know I'm just a patron, but you have the most beautiful brown eyes and the nicest smile. There's no chance you'll ever see this, but if you do, you win over a pub-quiz nerd's heart every Monday.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Missed Connections

To the girl shopping at Whole Foods with the brownish-blond hair, brown hoodie, 1369 Coffee cup and Believer tote bag, from the boy shopping at Whole Foods with the brownish-blond hair, brown hoodie, 1369 Coffee cup and "Bike To Work Day" tote bag:

I wish I'd lingered longer at the crosswalk and tried to talk to you, but I'm a fool with more regrets than I know what to do with. I hope you have a lovely autumn weekend.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Missed Connections

To the waitress at [redacted] in the black short-shorts and black tights, from the shaggy haired guy in the black hoodie, reading in the corner window, thanks for finding that chocolate-chip muffin for me. It tasted like Cocoa Puffs. I wanted to ask your name or strike up a conversation, but it was the breakfast rush and who am I to assume a smile meant anything, especially from a busy waitress.

In the almost-no chance that smile could have meant something, you made my Saturday morning.

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Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week, Alternet reports on the hidden water costs of our industrial economy.

In economic apocalypse news, The Consumerist says the bank bailout? Still a swindle. The Nation says: swindle. Alternet says swindle. Maybe it's time for a trillion-dollar tag sale at the Pentagon. Maybe it's time to talk about how Universal Health Care changes everything.

Almost 10 million homeowners are "underwater".

Don't look now, but there's a wave of inflation coming. Salon asks, what should you do with your money?

Finally this week, Anil Dash on what Sarah Palin is saying.