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By aethucyn (Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 02:36:41 PM EST) turkey, bedtime story, loser convention, coffee (all tags)
The Kendall Square Turkey returns, Loser Children convention at the Marriott?, no sandwiches, serialisation.

So, after a long internal debate about whether to get up and brew a pot of coffee, or to use the fact that I haven't had coffee yet as an excuse to go to a cafe instead, I finally left my apartment.
Unsure of what pursuits I hoped to follow, I brought everything, notebook, sketchpad, digital camera, book. Thus was I prepared to get more shots of the Kendall Sq. Turkey when I came upon him again. He was more interested in walking around and possibly eating than he was last time, so I got a couple pictures of him doing things other than simply sniffing his own ass. Once again, I was questioned about the turkey. "Is that a wild turkey?" "I saw a turkey here a couple of years ago, is it the same turkey?" Unfortunately, until the turkey signs an exclusive contract with me, I refuse to talk to the press on his behalf.

Crossing the street afterwards, I spy a family at the opposite corner, and particularly a daughter who sees my jaywalking ways and wants to emulate them. Her father prevents her, and then I notice that he t-shirt reads Jesus Christ in Coca-Cola style lettering. Now, in the first place, I'm not a big fan of Christianity, but even past that, there's something awful about dressing your kids in JC t-shirts. I'm not entirely sure what the message behind using CC logo for JC is, but I think we can safely say that it involves your child being a big fat loser. Luckily, this girl was saved! No, not by JC himself, but by the next girl I saw a half a block later. Her t-shirt read in large letters Be My Friend. As I got closer I could determine that there was smaller print before and after these three words, but in walking past, I could only read the first that read "You will always." However, by that point, it is too late, she was already placed in my mind as the friendless, desperate child. I could see other children about, wearing Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts. So, it occurred to me that there is obviously a Loser Children Convention.

Anyway, I continued on to my cafe of choice, hoping for some iced coffee and a sandwich. Sadly, after taking the T four stops, I discovered that the cafe in question was closed today for renovations. I then went back three stops in the other direction, and went to a cafe that I don't frequent much but which I knew served sandwiches and which tends to be less crowded than the other one in that particular square.
"I see that you are eyeing the sandwich menu," the guy behind the counter noted.
"That is unfortunate, since we are out of bread."

So, coffee and a brownie instead.

On the positive side of things, I did manage to set down the first instalment of what has until now been an oral bedtime story as mentioned in a previous diary. I think, though, that if I'm going to make the effort of writing this down, and typing it up, then I want to share it as well. Anyway, an audience helps ensure that I'll actually keep at it. I won't post it here, but if anybody is interested, pm me with an e-mail address, and periodically you'll be treated to the more random firings of my mind.

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Someday cafe? by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 03:00:58 PM EST
Closed for the duration. :-(

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

Actually... by aethucyn (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 03:47:38 PM EST
I tend towards Diesel. It's one of the few cafes in the area where I know that there's enough space that I can sit at a table for hours and not feel like I'm hoarding it. I think I'd been to Someday cafe once, but something put me off about it. It very well could have been that there was no place for me to sit on that occassion. I'm also one of those people who prefers a minimum of comfy chairs. Not condusive for getting writing or drawing done, and downright miserable for conversation. I could spend hours recounting various cafes I've been to and what I've liked and disliked about them, and how I would design one if I owned it. 

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Good man... by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 03:54:16 PM EST
I am also more fond of the Diesel than the Someday Cafe, having wandered into the latter on but one occasion and not felt all that much like staying. I wrote a fairly good chunk of my Nano03 in the Diesel, however. Seems a very nice place to hang out and do stuff.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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Wow. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 04:03:04 AM EST
Normally I try to be tolerant of anti-christian sentiment, but you, sir, are a bigot. Plain and simple.

Faith, and the possibility of weaponized kissing?
IAWTP by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 05:53:24 AM EST
Beauty, eye of beholder, and all that shit, though.

Says more about him than me, etc, etc.

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Merge sloganeering by aethucyn (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 09:34:40 AM EST
All in all, I feel like Christianity has done a pretty good job of marketing themselves. Cross, the Jesus fish, I can see either of those and know what they're about. I understand, however, that they'd want to branch out. Just looking a bit on the internet, I find t-shirt styles that merge the Jesus message with logos from GI Joe, TMNT, LOTR. All of these, on the right person, I could accept. It's like saying, "Yeah, I love Jesus, but don't forget that knowing is half the battle, too." It works for me.

What works less is say "Got __?" Which is more take an interest and merge it with a over-used slogan, and discover that it's really just not funny.

The Coke shirt leans more in that direction. It's trying to take somebody else's marketing and put your message to it without the somewhat cute tie-in. "I like Jesus and Coke!" Not everything is better with Coke.

Try it, put your favorite thing in white Coke lettering on a red shirt, then put it on your 9 year old daughter, and walk her around town with it. People will think she's a loser too.

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I wonder by blixco (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 04:08:16 AM EST
how many times The Coca Cola Corporation has sued Jesus for that shirt?
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
~Enjoy~ Jesus Christ by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 05:25:51 AM EST
Refreshing, carbonated, and filled with High Fructose Corn Syrup. Jesus: He'll rot your teeth. Are they coming out with Black Cherry Vanilla Jesus? Really, I have no idea.

When I saw the convention teaser in your intro, I thought that I'd seen evidence of it too. The other morning as we got off the train, L asked me, "Is there some convention going on or something? Because there were some very ... creatively dressed people on the train. One woman had this sort of pointy wide-brimmed hat with like a pirate costume. Some kind of witch-pirate. Is there a convention for that?" But it wasn't the same.

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