From Snowstorms to Sunscreen (and a little coin jewelry)

Yes, writing about the weather is so boring and banal, but I’m not feeling too inspired these days (which is evident if you’ve been to my apartment recently) but it’s gotten really warm and sunny, all of a sudden. I spent several hours outside selling jewelry at the cart on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and even though I put on sunscreen, I still managed to get quite a lovely burn on my arms and forehead. It’s only May and I already look like I’m done with summer.

In other news…I do wonder if anyone reading this would be interested in buying some of the jewelry I sell. It’s all made by my dear friend right here in Madison from vintage/recycled materials from all around the world, so think global shop local (I came up with that one!) We don’t have a web presence just yet, but here’s some of the stuff we sell. If you’d like to own any of it, just comment below, I’ll send it to you, and we can work out some type of payment plan or something.

Here is a selection of just a few of the coin earrings that we sell, made from real coins from around the world. They sell for $15 USD, and if you’re interested, just let me know. I took pictures of eight of our stock, from the beginning of the alphabet, and I will take more pictures – we have many more coins, and other items as well – and upload them here sometime. These coins are from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, and Bhutan. I’ll send them anywhere…any takers?

Ooh la la


Who’s This Mysterious Blogger from Barbados?

A while ago, I stumbled across a WordPress blog run by someone (a woman, I think) from Barbados, who was offering to send free postcards from the Caribbean if you filled out a form on her blog. I did so, thinking I probably wouldn’t receive anything.

Lo and behold, in March, I received a lovely postcard with the image of a palm tree on it, postmarked Barbados. The message:

“Dear Jacob!

Sending love and warmth from Barbados to Wisconsin! :)”

Beneath the message was an unintelligible scribble. I asked myself who I knew in Barbados, and it was only after I came up empty that I remembered that blogger. I was going to track her down and thank her, but something distracted me and I forgot all about it.

Fast forward to today. I open my mailbox to find another postcard, this time depicting several islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The postmark is unreadable, but the stamps come from Barbados. The message reads as follows:

“April 2015

Hi Jacob

Was in Grenada recently and thought you might want to add another postcard to our collection :)”

And again, an unintelligible scribble. The very same one.

I decided I wanted to thank this person and maybe send him/her a postcard from Wisconsin in return, so I spent a few hours today combing through all my followers and blogs I follow, in hopes of finding him/her…and I honestly could not locate this person. I also checked my search history. Nothing. I even Googled “bajan bloggers,” “wordpress barbados,” and “postcards from barbados.” No dice. As of now, I don’t even have a name, but I would like to find you and thank you. But I don’t know who you are or how to do that.

An interesting mystery.

So, Bajan blogger, if you’re reading this, thank you so much for the lovely, lovely postcards. They really brighten my day, especially when I haven’t gotten any mail for a few days.

If you’re reading this and have any idea who this lovely Bajan blogger might be, let me know in a comment.

Finally, if you’re reading this and wish to send me a postcard or swap postcards, let me know in a comment and I will respond.

Just make sure to sign legibly so I can thank you properly.



Things I Saw at the Student Organization Fair

Before I forget, again, two new flags have popped up this week so bine ai venit to Romania and a warm and sunny welcome to Barbados.

Another lame post for today; I haven’t finished any books recently and for some reason I didn’t think of any stories worth telling today. In fact I didn’t think much about anything today. Also, I woke up at noon and barely did anything but for some reason am exhausted.

The only real bright spot in my day was the student organization fair. After going to the gym, I decided to stop by to see if I could help out at the APO table for a little while. This past fall, I went to the fair and it was so packed with people you could barely breathe. This semester, there was quite a fair amount of breathing room. It wasn’t hard to navigate and was more fun than the craziness of last fall.

So here’s a rundown of my thoughts on the fair.

  1. So. Much. Candy. It’s a shame there wasn’t a Student Dentistry Group there, because they could’ve had quite the field day. Every table was overflowing with candy. My sweet tooth knows no bounds, but I controlled it pretty well, only consuming some Laffy Taffys, some Airheads, and some chocolate. Lollipops seemed to be the trendy thing this semester. I have to say, I’ve never been a huge lollipop fan. Too sticky for my taste, and the jagged edges when they break off in your mouth are quite unpleasant. If I wanted to eat broken glass, I would find some.
  2. The more extreme the group, the more militant their marketing strategies. Of all the groups, the only one that actually accosted me – as in, started talking to me without me even initiating or permitting contact – was the political one about how Obama is messing up this country. The College Democrats and Republicans on either side spoke to me as well, but thrusting a book in someone’s face while asking him/her a really loaded question is clearly not the way to gain friends and influence, people.
  3. People are either super-involved, or just come for the free stuff and breeze right past everyone. There were some people that I saw (friends of mine) at different booths on different floors, and those are the ones who seem to devote their lives to the groups that they’re involved with. I didn’t see anyone I knew walking around just talking, nor did I see anyone I knew manning just one table. Yes, it’s a Thursday, and it’s cold, but for goodness sake, UW students, put down the beer and come to this event so the desperate ones are less predatory towards the innocent.
  4. Approach = everything. After I settled down at the APO table, I developed what I thought was a good attention-getting strategy. Rather than just stand there and watch people pass or yell, I held out a single flier and just asked people how they were. After they stopped, I told them more about APO or passed them to another brother while I looked for another person. I think it worked because we did draw a crowd at one point, and we didn’t even have a whole lot of free stuff.
  5. It’s always fun to pretend to be a student. Technically, I still am, but something like this is not geared towards the graduate student. But if you look young and dress young, it’s funny seeing the reactions when you tell people who you really are, or let them believe you’re a student so they don’t give you a hard time when you really want that cool pen.