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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

What am I doing wrong?

I don’t want to get in the habit of posting completely random entries into my blog, but I came across this Craigslist post that was circulating on one of the message boards I frequent, and just had to share it. Maybe it’s just my sense of humor, but I absolutely love the written exchange here. I honestly don’t even care if this thing is a fake, it is just a damn fine posting and response.


Okay, I’m tired of beating around the bush. I’m a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year-old girl. I’m articulate and classy. 
I’m not from New York. I’m looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don't think I’m overreaching at all. Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could you send me some tips? I dated a businessman who makes average around 200 - 250. But that’s where I seem to hit a roadblock. $250,000 won’t get me to Central Park West! I know a woman in my yoga class who was married to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and she’s not as pretty as I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is she doing right? How do I get to her level?

Here are my questions specifically: Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics- bars, restaurants, gyms. What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest guys, you won’t hurt my feelings. Is there an age range I should be targeting (I’m 25)? Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the upper eastside so plain? I’ve seen really plain Jane boring types who have nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I’ve seen drop dead gorgeous girls in singles bars in the East Village. What’s the story there? Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows – lawyer, investment banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make? And where do they hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out? How you decide marriage vs. Just a girlfriend? I am looking for MARRIAGE ONLY.

Please hold your insults – I’m putting myself out there in an honest way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I’m being up front about it. I wouldn’t be searching for these kinds of guys if I wasn’t able to match them in looks, culture, sophistication, and keeping a nice home and hearth. 


I read your posting with great interest and have thought meaningfully about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis of your predicament. First, I’m not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy who fits your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That said here’s how I see it.

Your offer, from the prospective of a guy like me, is plain and simple a creepy business deal! Here’s why — cutting through all the B.S. what you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the party and I bring my money. Fine, simple. But here’s the rub, your looks will fade and my money will likely continue into fact, it is very likely that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you won’t be getting any more beautiful! So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your depreciation accelerates!

Let me explain, you’re 25 now and will likely stay pretty hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you! So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a buy and hold...hence the rub...marriage. It doesn’t make good business sense to “buy you” (which is what you’re asking) so I’d rather lease.

In case you think I’m being cruel, I would say the following. If my money were to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need an out — it’s as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating, not marriage. Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets. So, I wonder why a girl as “articulate, classy and spectacularly beautiful” as you, has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it hard to believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that the $500K hasn’t found you, if not only for a tryout.

By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money and then we wouldn’t need to have this difficult conversation.

With all that said, I must say you’re going about it the right way — classic “pump and dump”. I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort of lease, let me know.



Monday, October 15, 2007

Artist Talk: Tom Davie

Come join me, as I discuss my meager beginnings as an amusement park airbrush artist, my graphic design work and the personal journey that evolved into fine art. I will talk in-depth about the history, process and philosophy behind the paintings and drawings of the Parishioner Series exhibition. It should be a glorious time.

And if you act now, the first 200 people that mention this blog post, will receive their choice of free hookers, booze, an iPod Nano or parking. Actually, all the stuff that I just mentioned is on back-order, except for the parking. So if you show parking!!! Hey, for you, I go out of my way to please.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 — 6:00pm
Admission to the talk is free and open to the public.

The Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park North
Dayton, Ohio 45405

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Value Art, But Not The Artist

Really interesting article about America’s respect for art, and its indifference towards the artists who create the work.

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    Thursday, October 11, 2007

    Blog Interview

    Recently, I did an interview with Jason at what to wear during an orange alert? A blog dedicated to literature, art and music. It’s fairly in-depth and may reveal a few interesting nuggets about my work, musical tastes and whether I partake in a regular cup ‘o joe. The interview was actually a good exercise for me, as it got the mental juices flowing, and helped to determine how I wanted to focus the upcoming lecture at The Dayton Art Institute. Check it out.

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    Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting

    I couldn’t find a great deal of information on Martin Klimas, but I can tell you he is a photographer based in Düsseldorf Germany. From what I could find out, he darkens his studio and drops objects from above. The sound of the impact triggers both the lights and camera, capturing the destructive moment.

    He has a few different object series in this style, but I think the figures and statuettes are by far the most engaging.

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    From A Lost Age...HORROR

    I happened to stumble across this site that does digital reproductions of old horror, SCI-FI and adventure posters, and thought it was a pretty nice historical resource. Also, if you dig old posters but don’t have the cash to buy an original, this seems like a “not as cool, but still better than having a bare wall” alternative. Oh, and not that I’m advocating image downloading, but if you were interested in buying a print and wanted to see a larger image, it is possible that if you save them to your machine and then open the image file, it may, in fact be larger — or so I’ve heard.

  • Morbid Monster
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    Web Type has chosen to showcase fifteen sites that excel in the use of web typography.

    It’s a difficult task to cover all the typographic possibilities with only fifteen sites, but the selections appear to have a pretty good range of variety. Certainly worth a bookmark if you dabble in web-based design.

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    Wood Is Good

    I’m not sure at what point an object ceases to be a craft or toy, and becomes fine art, but I’m hard pressed to accept the work of Takeji (Take-G) Nakagawa as anything but art. These hand-made wooden toys are simply amazing.

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    Thursday, October 4, 2007

    What Are The Chances?

    I seem to be receiving an awful lot of random images lately, mostly funny, sometimes unusual and even some of the questionable variety. Hey, I’m a modern guy who can roll with the punches and go with the flow, but I just couldn’t help but find a cosmic connection between these two images sent by different people within hours of each other. Each image is quality, with an exceptional nod going to image number 1, but I feel like they work stronger as a pair. If you’ll notice in the chart, slim fit jeans, according to women, will get you some play...I just can’t help but wonder if there is a fine line between slim fit and vacuum fit jeans. I’m sure that line exists, and I’m guessing that 9 of 10 adults questioned would say that Mr. Leave Nothing To The Imagination probably errs in the neighborhood of nut-hugger, as opposed to slim. But honestly, who am I to judge, because according to the dress code for sex, wearing a T-shirt and some tighty-jeans is like having a bottle of Sex Panther, which as we all know...60% of the time, it works every time. Roar.

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    Wednesday, October 3, 2007

    Turn Up The Radio

    Sorry about the extended time off between posts, but I was out of town late last week and into early this week, so I’ve been playing catch-up since I returned. My lack of posting is also due to the fact that I decided to scrap my normal artist lecture and give it a complete overhaul for the museum on October 18th. I also just finished an interview for an art, music and literature blog based out of Chicago, which will be posted in the next week or two.

    Another reason for my temporary disappearance is that I started working on a new group of paintings that deal with the concept of coded messages. There is quite a bit of thought going into the work, and I become brain-drained by the end of the day and have had very little desire to write about it. I still have much to work out, but think this idea has the possibility to turn into a pretty large body of work. I’m still in the playing and experimental stages, and have been working on a few small studies, which are much less complex that the larger works would be, but here is an example:

    Anyway, the main reason for this post, is the radio segment I mentioned a few weeks back is finally being aired on NPR twice this Thursday (10/4/07). I’ll wait until the mp3 file is archived to fill you in on the full story behind the interview, but if you are interested in hearing the on air broadcast, listen live on the Internet at 7:55am and 4:55pm (EST).

  • Dayton Public Radio

  • There is a really well written article about my work and current exhibition at The Dayton Art Institute in this week’s CityBeat newspaper. It’s insightful and a good read, certainly worth a look.

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