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June 28th, 2006


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09:20 am - TRUE TALES OF A WORLD WITHOUT IRONY
One of the phrases I dredged up yesterday was a remark made when I discovered a few years back that Curious Liquids, the funky, quietly counter-culture coffeehouse up on Park Street across from the State House, had been sold, gutted, and turned into a Fox News studio (for the picture-perfect view of the State House, natch.) I remember saying something like "Well I just checked the back room, and I'm sorry, but we're fresh out of irony."

Yesterday the Metro ("The Newspaper You Read So You Don't Have To Stare At Some Random Straphanger's Crotch") ran a two-page spread inviting us to write in and vote for our "favorite Metro ad of the year" from all the times this past year they've splashed large-scale ads across the front page, or smothered an edition in a large wrap-around sheet, or made it look like a cellular phone was OMG BURSTING OUT OF THE PAPAR!!!1

Today they ran a letter from a woman who probably thought she was being adorably witty for suggesting that the MBTA's new Charlie mascot "take some fashion hints" and "wear a business suit with four-button cuffs" instead of his current suit, which apparently sports cuffs with two buttons, oh the horror and shame. Oh, by the way, for those of you who haven't seen the Boston transit authority's new mascot, he's a cartoon character.

Sorry, folks, I just called the distributor and now they're saying that the irony is still on backorder.

Actually, I am reasonably sure (I want to believe) that some bored person on the Metro staff makes these letters up on slow feedback days. This belief, however optimistically misguided, is the only thing that keeps me from slowly tearing the paper up into little tiny strips while on the train and then garnering the attention of the one person riding who'd Say Something if they Saw Something.

No, I will cling to my hope that these people are simple constructs of an easily amused editorial staff, much like the overblown right-wing crank stereotype they trot out every now and then. You know the guy. He's the one who'll show up even when there's no Burning Non-Issue in the national spotlight, rattle his saber at "the godless heathen liberals", suggest that Jesus would've just mowed down all them queers and illegal immigrants with his Second Amendment-protected assault rifle amen, and then sit back and watch the indignant letters and email come flying in.

The nut's more amusing than sports columnist Bob O'Halloran, who's currently letting everybody know he's no longer BFF with Pedro Martinez and that it is our God-given right to boo Pedro when he takes the mound today because Pedro was never good for the Red Sox and he's a meanie and a traitor to boot for shipping off to the Mets. The fact that Pedro got a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful last night doesn't enter into it; Much like politics, if you're not for the Red Sox, you're agin the Red Sox, and are better off with a D-cell battery embedded in your skull. So it goes.

Some days I feel as if I've leapt off the Earth and landed smack dab in the middle of a wholly different world.

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From:phonemonkey
Date:June 28th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Bugger the cuff buttons - if they could make it so that all MTA stations accept the same sort of travelling ticketage it'd be a start.
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry, ma'am, but we've got to have some semblance of priorities here. So right now we're diverting funds from maintenance and capital improvement straight to our ad agency, so they can draw two extra buttons on each of Charlie's cuffs.

Thank you for riding the T,
Dan Graubaskas
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From:plumtreeblossom
Date:June 28th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
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The only thing that makes me sad is that your reading audience is limited. You should be nationally syndicated.

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From:vanguardcdk
Date:June 28th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Technically he's syndicated through hundreds of LJ friends' pages across the world. (although the pay still sucks..) ;)
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Pay?!
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From:vanguardcdk
Date:June 28th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, pay! The check is in the mail..at least that's what they keep telling me.
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's one of the Greatest Lies in History, eclipsed only by "There's another train right behind us."

Wait. Didn't I already use that joke? Hmm.
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From:limax
Date:June 28th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I can't say that I've ever been to Massachusetts so I don't know anything about this irony you speak of. What's wrong with four buttons? That means there's twice as many to push.
From:nonhuman
Date:June 29th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
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The real question is: how much does the job of writing fake letters to the editor pay and where do I sign up?

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