It’s princess week at The Gloss, just as it is here at DIY dilettante (I guess I wasn’t too original in my theme selection this week). In honor of the royal wedding, they’ve featured slideshows of the the most awesome royal mistresses throughout history and the similar fashion sense of Princess Di and Kate Middleton. They also created a slideshow of their favorite princesses, from Cleopatra to The Lion King’s Nala to Princess Leia of Star Wars. Who would you choose?
When I was in high school, one of my favorite things to do was go to a local coffee house with my best friend and read a section in our local newspaper called “I saw you.” The paper has since discontinued these stalkerish personal ads, perhaps due to the popularity of Craiglist’s Missed Connections site. On Missed Connections, you can write of your love-at-first-sight for the man at the gas pump next to you or the woman whose eye you briefly caught while you were both stopped at the traffic light. And you can hope that this person–potentially your soulmate–will see your ad, recognize themselves in your description, and respond. Happily ever after.
In fact, I once worked with a woman who spontaneously posted a Missed Connection after seeing the same two guys at a few consecutive concerts around the Twin Cities. One of the guys saw it, responded to it, and married her a few months later. And it’s this kind of story that inspires all those other thousands of hopeful romantics (or unrealistic creeps) that a Missed Connection might turn into a Mr. and Mrs. Connection.
Sophie Blackall illustrates the butterflies of love at first sight
This mixture of romance and delusion most often amounts to nothing more than bad poetry. But, for bad poetry, it is strangely compelling. Sophie Blackall, blogger and artist, has made a name for herself illustrating the beautiful and bizarre missed connections of New York. Searching the recent Twin Cities missed connections, I found several contenders for a high honors in bad poetry. Here are four of my favorites:
No shoes, big headphones on the bridge
You intrigued us,
mister. Where were
your shoes? Why were you running
so sporadically? What
were you listening to?
Sharing a bear suit is equivalent to second base in some countries
Courtesy of the NY Times, a handy guide to the refs' hand signals
Tomorrow we will crown the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers as World Champions (never mind the fact that no other countries send contenders). Some are noting that this game is just about as evenly matched, statistics-wise, as possible. All the predictions seem to amount to a lot of conversations and nit-picking about things that may or may not matter, as statistically-based predictions always are. Yes, the Packers are “hot”–a team that hasn’t been on a winning streak doesn’t make it to the Super Bowl–and yes they lost to crappy teams in the regular season. Yes, the Steelers only lost in the regular season to playoff teams, and yes, Ben Roethlisberger is a creep. If you already have an opinion about who’s going to win the Super Bowl, the experts’ predictions probably aren’t going to change your mind. I came across a more interesting set of predictions that aren’t as concerned with percentages, streaks, quarterback comparisons, etc. Here are some of the best, written by fans:
The announcers overwhelm us with Brett Favre talk.
At least one woman in the house will say per usual “I’m just here for the commercials.”
Fox mentions that it’s Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, but there’s no mention that it’s also Tom Brokaw’s 71st birthday.
Aaron Rodgers is the leading rusher for the Packers.
And my personal favorite:
Roethlisberger repays the favor and humps Mendenhall after his score.