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New on TheGloss: Gratitude is Nice, But Don’t Let It Keep You From Action

November 25, 2010

Dec. 9: Feminist Comedy Event

November 24, 2010

Details here.

Look at all the ladies! I bet we’ll just talk about PMS the entire time.

New on TheGloss: Preparing to Get Hit By a Truck

November 18, 2010

Old School

November 18, 2010

I hope the person who sent me this message on Facebook won’t mind my sharing it. It made me really happy.

I just happened to be looking for people from high school on facebook. I went to Cox High School and graduated the same year that you did. I only had a handful of friends so you will not remember me. I just wanted to let you know that I remember very clearly the speech that you gave that won you the class presidency. It was a great speech that gave hope to the folks like me at school that were not so good at cheerleading or fieldhockey. Anywho, I’ll let you go just wanted to let you know that that speech probably meant more at the time to more people than you realized…so thanks for sticking up for the little people and actually making a difference.

I do have one picture from this campaign. This is my friend Stacy helping me out:

Here are some other 1990’s-era links:
My College Essay from 1996
High School Week: My Report on Cholera
High School Week: Deep Romantic Thoughts
High School Week: Pre-Photoshop Photoshop Art
High School Week: The Freudian Slip

Badvertising: Insurance Doesn’t Pay You For Your Feelings

November 12, 2010

This ad on the subway has been bothering me for some time.

The ad is for renters insurance, and it is supposed to replicate a number of small “lost and found” ads posted by individuals. ART PORTFOLIO STOLEN. Or, LOST CAMERA WITH ALL OUR HONEYMOON PICTURES. The “black portfolio” part of the ad in the photograph above actually specifies that the portfolio contains artwork that isn’t worth anything “except to me.”

So … everybody realizes that, if your renters insurance reimbursed you for your art portfolio, you’d just get back the cost of the actual portfolio itself, and maybe some sheets of blank paper? They don’t pay you for your labor (or the value to you of your honeymoon pictures).

Renters insurance is certainly a good idea. I have some. I have, in fact, photographed nearly everything I own, and I keep the photos on a CD at my parents’ house, just in case my apartment floods or catches on fire. This is why people have renters insurance. Not to replace their precious memories/paintings.

So, this is the worst ad for renters insurance, ever. What it says to me, basically, is: if you lose your most valued possessions, no one will help you!

Bullish: Picking a Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Hold Back Your Career or Bank Account

November 12, 2010

Bullish: Is it Better to Rule Through Love or Fear?

November 5, 2010

Photos: Guest Speaking at Manhattan Marymount University

November 5, 2010

This Monday, I was a guest speaker in a linguistics class at MMU on the Upper East Side. I did a mini version of my punctuation show (with audience participation; see below!) and ended with a bit of career advice, à la Bullish.