16 August 2010 § Leave a comment
People tend to stick to their own size group because it’s easier on the neck. Unless they are romantically involved, in which case the size difference is sexy. It means: I am willing to go the distance for you.
–miranda july, “the shared patio”
8 September 2009 § 2 Comments
Third blind date this month. How many more of these do I have to go on?
“So Kim, like I was saying…about change. Change is pointless, innovation is good, progress and growth are good, but change is just… pointless“.
What’s this guy’s name ? All these men have the same boring names: James, Matt, Mike. How am I supposed to keep them straight, let alone engage in their lame conversations?
James or Matt or Mike, whatever he’s called, takes a sip of his latte and some foam sticks in his ironic mustache. He doesn’t notice.
Ugh. I’d rather be single.
12 August 2009 § Leave a comment
a friend of mine suggested to keep my writing reflexes good by doing a pretty easy exercise, the 100-word story. this is the first one, and damn this is harder than i thought–i’m REALLY into words.
What kind of dentist has a leaky faucet in the exam room, and leaves a patient alone and medicated to listen to it? I’m nervous. I feel nauseous now, too. And stupid.
“Okay, now where were we?”, Dr. Liu mumbles as he returns with a new pair of gloves and a fresh mask, his face just a turquoise rectangle with two brown eyes floating above it.
“It was a reflex, I swear. I’m sorry”.
“Not the first time someone’s kicked me in the balls”, replies the Doctor.
He stares at me in silence.
21 May 2009 § 1 Comment
Remember last November when a majority of Americans managed to pull our heads out of our asses and elect a leader that spoke constantly of hope and change ? I still haven’t seen universal healthcare, but I understand: he just got a new job, a new puppy, and I guess he bought a couple of car companies or something. But I wonder what he’d think about changing the look of our currency.
Marketing master Richard Smith has brought up the idea of changing the look of our bills. I always thought our money was pretty ugly, and in comparison to what the EU and other countries are creating, pretty damn low tech. My friend from Norway was shocked when he found that all denominations of American currency were the same size–how would a visually impaired person tell them apart ?
Not that I would like to see Barbie on a bill (or ads) but I think our Benjamins deserve a facelift. Why not put other influential leaders, besides Presidents whose contributions to our country are either overwritten or undermined these days, on bills and coins ? Isn’t it time for a Martin Luther King Jr, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, or FDR ? Or even Jackie Robinson ! Sports are an enormous part of the culture of a nation: what would Canada be without hockey and Great Britain without football ? The Canadian $5 note features a quote from Roch Carrier’s eponymous story “The Sweater”, and it reflects upon the simple joys of youth and hockey:
Les hivers de mon enfance étaient des saisons longues, longues. Nous vivions en trois lieux: l’école, l’église et la patinoire; mais la vraie vie était sur la patinoire.
For you non-Francophones, that says “The winters of my childhood were long, long seasons. We lived in three places – the school, the church and the skating rink – but our real life was on the skating rink.” That quote, along with the cheeky little boys skating around on the back of the bill, totally explain the country. It’s Canada in a nutshell.
According to the look of American bills, we live in large columned mansions and suffer from some form of baldness. Oh, and everything’s green. Change, please ?