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4.28.03 ADVENTURES IN BAD COPYWRITING
Has anyone listened to the rapper in the background on that Dodge Durango commercial? He actually says: "I grab life like I grab my wife!"

Which is just a smidge more awful than the compelling tagline on the posters for the new Lizzie McGuire movie: "She's leaving home and going to Rome."

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4.29.03 WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW YESTERDAY
etude n. Music
A piece composed for the development of a specific point of technique.
[from Old French estudie, study.]

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4.28.03 PROJECTING
Do you understand those people who keep colonies of stuffed animals in the rear windows of their cars? Do they hope that other motorists will see the collection and be impressed by their obvious appreciation of cute cuddliness? At night, aren't they concerned that the especially cute, cuddly ones will come to life and wriggle their way into the front seat to lie in wait for their return?

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EAU DE POACHED SALMON
When I wear perfume, I usually wear lemon verbena, sometimes vanilla. My favorite lipstick tastes sweet and smells like chocolate. Bryan's mom was getting me some lotion as a gift and asked Bryan what kind of perfumes I like. He said, "She likes to smell like food."

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BOILING THE OCEAN
SUAC v. Acronym for "Shut Up and Color". How Marketing and Engineering departments often think (or wish) design should be done.

Jeff's been keeping a list of corporate jargon.

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4.21.03 TOUCHING
I passed a strip joint this morning with a sign that read, “See the beauty, touch the magic.” It strikes me that guys who’ve been watching naked women grind for a few hours are going to want to touch a lot more than the magic.

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4.18.03 EASY LINKING
One of the jguru.com guys just launched a new blog-like tool called Peerscope. It’s a lot like Backflip, but cleaner and more group oriented. You pull a button onto your browser toolbar and you can post right from the site you want to link. Neat.

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4.17.03 OH, BUT I'M SO MUCH MORE
For the past several months, I’ve been ending telephone conversations with “bye-ya.” I know it's hideous; I’m powerless to stop. It makes me sound like the woman who waits outside before the craft store opens, the woman who relates interesting stories she heard on “Oprah”, the woman who knows how to bake an excellent bundt cake.

The thing is, I am that woman. I’m going to get married, have a few kids, find a cat, bake a few too many tasty cakes, and die fat. And it all starts with “bye-ya,” folks.

Time to start writing that book.

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EXPECTATION
E: Have you seen Igby Goes Down?
Me: Yeah! I loved that movie.
E: Really? It wasn’t at all what I expected. It was such a downer.
Me: Even with the dancer girl in the super-short skirt?
E: Amanda Peet? Yeah. That was good. Still it was like a 180 degree difference from what I expected.
Me: Yeah. Schindler’s List was like that for me.
E: Really?
Me: No.


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4.11.03 MULE DESIGN
Ohhh. Pretty.

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4.10.03 AND TOMORROW, THE WORLD
I’m quoted in today’s New York Times. Michelle Slatalla interviewed me for her column, " Comfort in Your Closet: Spring Staples". She’s a very kind woman who took all the stammering out of my quotes and saved the smart parts. Thank you, ma’am.

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4.9.03 COUNTER CULTURE
This girl is waiting for the bus with her friend. She has day-glo pink hair and is wearing jeans ripped off at the knees over a pair of black and white-striped tights. She has a small safety pin through her left nostril. She is practicing what can only be a cheerleading routine.

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4.8.03 WORD OF THE DAY
Twee: Overly precious or nice. Affectedly dainty.

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4.7.03 APOLOGIES
From Vendela Vida’s interview with Susan Straigt in The Believer:

BELIEVER: You told me earlier that that your middle daughter, Delphine, told you about a boy in her class who touched a girl, uh, where she didn’t want to be touched. How’d you respond?

SUSAN STRAIGHT: I asked her what she was going to do if that happened to her, and she asked, with this trace of malicious glee, “Can I hit him?” I said, “ No, ‘cause then you’ll get in trouble for fighting. And I showed her how to throw that mean elbow that catches them in the jaw and the ear. I gave her the line to say after: “Oh, you startled me, and I’m sorry you’re bleeding now.”

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4.3.03 TALK ABOUT NON-EXPERT
My first Non-Expert Column for The Morning News. It’s on threesomes. I know this article just screams, "Send me some witty little email rife with sex puns and suggestive innuendo!" I'd ask you to resist that impulse. Thank you.

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4.2.03 TINY LITTLE LIFE
I have an actual blister on my wrist from typing too much. It’s time to go outside.

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4.1.03 AWAY
Our landlady lives below us; she's rarely home. When someone calls her answering machine and leaves a message, it makes this sound:
Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep… Beep…

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