Please make your reply by the end of next week (April 30th) to let me know if you are coming: Mark & Bob have rooms available the weekend of August 6th (Friday) and 7th (Saturday) at the Brown Street Inn in Iowa City. The prior 4 to 6 weeks are full for them due to the University's Writers Workshop. Please let me know if you are "In or Out" (insert Heidi Klums german accent here) so that I only have to make one reservation. *I have tortured Mark in the past with like 800 phone calls re-arranging more or less rooms and would like to avoid re-living those phone conversations again :-) Thanks.
it's no secret that i'm a sucker for that tasty, sugary, hooky summer pop radio yummy goodness. and so, after many requests, i invite you to request your own copy of the 4th annual SHAMELESS: Don't be Sad, Be Saucy!, a collection of brainless, fun songs. Previous SHAMELESS titles include: SHAMELESS: Don't Be Sad, Be Shallow -and- SHAMELESS: Don't Be Sad, Be ....I can't remember. Send an e-mail to me for your free copy: email@example.com PS: If free makes you nervous, I'll give you my offshore account #. Deposit a donation. Or even better, let's swap something. Hooray!
I think it's about time we have a talk. For too long there's been friction between us and I'd like to raise my white flag. My prejudice was unjust. Let me explain.
Over the past ten years I've developed a grudge over some of your tendencies. I thought your unoriginal storefronts a blight. I hated that you were designed to fuel crazy-paced, shuttle-here, shuttle-there, with no pause for contemplation. Really, I thought that you crippled all of your inhabitants, keeping them from meaningful discourse, empathy for the poor/afflicted, self-reflection, taking risks, open-heartedness, and love for art & beauty. You're just so utilitarian and hurried.
Anyway, this is an apology letter, so let me confess that I've been wrong. Place does matter. Environment does shape us in many ways. But, if the soil is lacking nutrients, there are other ways to enrich and ensure growth. We water our raspberry plants and add natural vitamins at their roots, and that compensates for the weak soil along our back fence.
I think a lot of our conflict was my own doing. I've always hated exclusion. But here's the apology: I'm sorry for ruling out all of your citizens. When I'd come to visit, I'd turn my brain off and expect no depth in interaction. It was different this time. Maybe my stint with cynicism is waning, or maybe this was some angelic, Damascus-road experience that's open a world of possibility for the future.
Forgive me. The emphasis shouldn't be place, but people. And this time, ole buddy, ole pal West O, I'm grateful to have enjoyed so many people within your corridor. And Chipotle is so tasty.
(PS: Also, I'm sorry I wrote that nerd-core rap song about you. I was airing my dirty laundry. But seriously, you really should think about ending expansion and not using factory-built trusses and having more original live music. Oh, jeez, I've said too much)
undecided about how to pass a friday night?
want to get outside, but not sure where to go?
feeling the need to socialize AND help your kids burn off some energy?
have i got a deal for you!
alicia's post about running and biking outside inspired me to invite you all for an evening stroll:
when: TONIGHT, 7:00
where: the bob kerry pedestrian bridge (the walking bridge across the river to council bluffs), meet on the north end (the omaha-side end) of the bridge
who: all whocares members, spouses, friends and offspring