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rant: this conversation is over

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.14.2007

Last night I went Jackrabbit nightclub in Scottsdale to meet up with Brian Hill of Femme Athletic.  While there and gettin’ my dance on in a very understated way, a guy…hmmm forgot his name…started to talk to me.  We talked about where each of us was from and what had brought us to Phoenix.  He was from San Francisco.  I came here for school and graduated two years ago with two master’s degrees.  You know, the normal introductory chit chat.

This guy tells me he is/was in town from San Francisco and had come out to interview with Google.  Apparently he thought that this deserved some display of riveted interest, or maybe some sign that I was impressed that…oh, I don’t know…Google would choose to interview him.  OK, so yeah, it’s Google and that’s cool.  But it’s also just Google.  As innovative and savvy as the company has been becoming so much a part of our daily lives that it has also effectively turned it’s brand name into a verb, it’s not the latest, greatest, most interesting new thing out there on the www.

At any rate, my lack of utter fascination must have disappointed this guy, but not to be thwarted he guessed that maybe it wasn’t that I wasn’t impressed, but that I was…perhaps…ignorant?

“Do you know who Google is?”

Oh yes, he actually asked me that.  I was stunned.

“Do you think that I wouldn’t know who Google is?”

“I don’t know, you might not.”

At this point I’m flabbergasted.  Perhaps slightly insulted, but mostly flabbergasted.  Bare in mind I had just got through telling him that I had two master’s degrees.

“We are done with this conversation.”

He didn’t like hearing that.  Or maybe he didn’t believe me.  He persisted to try to talk to me, and even to defend his thought that it was possible I hadn’t heard of Google.  I persisted to tell him our conversation was over.

“How do you know I’m not the coolest guy in here?”

Wow!  Do you really need me to answer that question?

“Have a great night, but please don’t talk to me.  This conversation is over.”


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a pleasure knowing: St. Santiago

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.3.2007

“Nice to meet you.”
“My pleasure.”

Meeting people is always a pleasure, isn’t it? The standard courteous response would imply so. Assume for just a second that this were the case. That the initial meeting is really and truly a pleasure.

It’s in the getting to know and knowing of many of these new acquaintances where the pleasure unravels. The idiosyncrasies that chafe our pet peeves. The arrogance or the lack of confidence. The political views, religious views, or complete apathy. And the sheer incompatibility of interests.

But then there are a few, very few, whom knowing is sheer and unabashed pleasure. And not because (indeed probably rarely because) there is romantic interest, but because time spent interacting with them is simply synonymous with joyful experiences.

To one whom I find it is truly a pleasure knowing: St. Santiago

As of tomorrow, you will have been on this planet for 23 years. I have had the pleasure of knowing you for just over 4 of those years. In honor of this, a tribute to you via your own expressions of self (you did such a good job with it, I couldn’t help but steal). Happy Birthday!!!

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not on my side

Posted by Ms. Herr on 12.3.2007

don’t call me sister
don’t call me luv
don’t call me hon

don’t say my number’s on speed dial
don’t say we’ll talk again soon

these things imply
maybe I cross your mind
maybe we’ll spend time

I don’t believe it’s true

history would prove me right
history is not on my side

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