40 Days of Friendship: the Ocho

CAL 1. Did you talk to SAO today? Yes we texted. Somehow we got talking about bird poop in text. And I shared a story of when I was very young and got shat on by a bird and was so angry that I told everyone in my class that I was going to take revenge on the bird by pinning it down and popping on IT. I also shared a video with SAO – youtube video of a german guy, Flula Bord, confused about the term “party pooper.” It is hilarious. SAO SIDENOTE: Watch this…it is fucking hilarious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjwofYhUJEM We also hung out IN PERSON this evening (see below) 2. Anything interesting happen?  We hung out later, and went out with my friends. We went to dinner and bar hopping around my neighbourhood to celebrate my soon to be birthday and old man status.  We went to my favourite bars in the city. It is a gentrified-hipster bar (there are way too many hipsters in the world by the way) and the theme of the place is time. So the idea of the whole establishment is to get people thinking about time and to think about issues humanity will [...] There's more...

Forty Days of Friendship: Day Seven

CAL 1. Did you talk to SAO today? Yes. I arrived home from my trip and texted her in the morning. She informed me never to text her before 8am again. She is not a morning person. 2. Anything interesting happen?  SAO is still having a massive row with her mum. That’s interesting. 3. Learn anything new about SAO?  No 4. Learn anything new about yourself? On my road trip we stopped at my old university’s town on the way back for lunch. We went to a restaurant that was one of my favorites when I was in uni. And I learned my standards for food now are higher than they used to be. 5. Additional comments  If you are on a road trip, always take the scenic route.  SAO 1. Did you talk to Cal today? Yes. He texted me at 07:57 in the fucking AM and when I inquired as to why he was up so early on a Sunday he replied, “The early bird catches the worm.”   2. Anything interesting happen? I told Cal that if he ever texted me before 08:00 on a Sunday that I would put worms in his bed and he told [...] There's more...

40 Days of Friendship: Day Six

  Okay, so before you judge the back of this brilliant postcard which I chose for this day, which was basically the only day in which Cal and I weren’t in the same city for the forty days, let me just start by saying that the card went from bad to worse. First of all, I messed up the hashtag by writing #40DaysOF …at which point I stopped because it was either continue as I had done with using upper caps for the first letter of each word and have it look like #40DaysOFFriendship which just kind of looks like 40 days OFF friendship which is the opposite of what I wanted, OR do what I did which was #40DaysOFfriendship which just looked dumb. So then I covered it up quite poorly and with a new found sense of purpose went about writing the hashtag correctly but then got way too excited and ran out of room at the end. THEN I started writing on the rest of the card, disregarding the very wet marker ink that I used for the hashtag, thus spreading it everywhere. This gets better, I promise. Psych! The next part is just as boring, but I don’t know [...] There's more...

Forty Days of Friendship: Day Five

CAL Did you talk to SAO today? I went on a short vacation and will be back in a couple of days. But we texted. She is very enthusiastic about this 40DOF project. She wanted to make a Twitter account for me called BroPalCal (Cal is not my real name) and I had to inform her that I am not a tweeter… nor do I wish to be… and especially can’t represent two personalities at one time. 2. Anything interesting happen?  I found out that SAO is having more trouble with her mum. I am not sure what happened but some drama went down on her end. I had a nice drive up to my destination with my buddy in his new, fast BMW which was fun. 3. Learn anything new about SAO? I learned that she is addicted to pens. That’s PENS, not PENIS … although she is addicted to both now that I think about it. I was actually mostly aware of this before, when she approached me about the project last week and laid out a plethora of pens art supplies as if she was a middle school art teacher. 4. Learn anything new about yourself? I’m [...] There's more...

40 Days of Friendship: Day Quatro

That ‘yay’ didn’t seem very enthusiastic…but it was like seven in the morning, so…yeah. CAL 1. Did you talk to SAO today? Yes, I talked with her about my relationship woes, and we celebrated my dog’s 5th birthday! SAO even brought my dog a gift which he loved and took about 100 photos of him. Then we went to a fundraiser! 2. Anything interesting happen?  We went to a fundraiser and wine tasted there. Saw some old friends. 3. Learn anything new about SAO? No 4. Learn anything new about yourself? No 5. Additional comments  No 6.  Submitted question: How attractive do you consider one another on a scale of 1-10. (You better say 10 SAO sidenote - that was my note to him in the daily email) 11 (SAO sidenote - Good lad.) SAO 1. Did you talk to Cal today? Yes. It was his dog’s birthday so I went over to his flat and gave the dog a toy and a dog treat that I’m embarrassed to admit how much I spent on. It was from a wanky posh dog place in Chelsea. Only the best for this dog. I don’t think I’ve even bought myself a pastry that costs that [...] There's more...

40 Days of Friendship: Day 3

  CAL Did you talk to SAO today? Just texted. I sent her a photo of my butter-fat bulletproof coffee (coffee blended with butter and coconut oil)S, and she then questioned my sanity.  (SAO SIDENOTE: might have been drunk when filling this out way back on day 3 and accidentally put this in day 2…still happened tho. It still happened.) 2. Anything interesting happen?  She informed me she is bringing my dog a present for his birthday – this girl loves my dog.  (SAO SIDENOTE: Again…wrote about this a day early…you guys should know that I was going back and doing things in hindsight. Just wait until days 21-40 – we both basically filled out everything all at once going off of text messages and drunken memories.) 3. Learn anything new about SAO? Learned that she is having a quarrel with her mum. And doesn’t like my iPhone app titles 4. Learn anything new about yourself? No. 5. Additional comments  Word. SAO Did you talk to Cal today? I did, indeed. 2. Anything interesting happen? Cal has been developing iPhone apps and asked me about a weight tracking app which I would have taken offense to had I not given [...] There's more...

40 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP: Day 2

CAL Did you talk to SAO today? Yes we sent text messages. She told me she got in a fight with her mother and I chronicled my problems with a girl I am hung up on and asked her for advice. SAO is like an advice hotline. We also talked about my dog’s upcoming birthday and the fact that he is turning 5 years old and has fathered over 100 puppies  2. Anything interesting happen?  I got a haircut (so, no nothing interesting) 3. Learn anything new about SAO? I was reminded that she is good at giving advice from a girl’s perspective and I learned that she knows my dog well enough to pick out a dog toy he will like … and I learned that she is my only friend excited about a dog’s birthday  4. Learn anything new about yourself? No 5. Additional comments  Average day SAO Did you talk to Cal today? That’s kind of the whole point of this thing, so yes. I did. 2. Anything interesting happen? He got a haircut. I was very concerned because last time he got his haircut he hated it so I made sure to inquire as to where [...] There's more...

40 Days of Friendship: DAY ONE

I, blogger sensation of five (almost six) years now, cannot figure out how to flip that photo so it’s staying as is. It has arrived. The terribly unceremonious debut of my social experiment with one of my best friends, Cal, who is a MAN. Not a baby, but a man. Cal and I decided to challenge the ill-conceived “40 Days of Dating” in which two friends decided to date for the hell of it, because YOLO, with 40 Days of Friendship. Well, I decided to. Cal just agreed to be my very unwilling accomplice. It seemed simple enough, keep doing what we’re doing as friends with a pesky daily questionnaire to fill out about our time with each other. We came up with some rules (well, I came up with some rules) and we pretty much went from there. So, without further adieu…I present to you 40 days of friendship. CAL 1. Did you talk to SAO today? We texted each other about various non-serious things, including awkward wildlife, my dog, and my love for butter2. Anything interesting happen? I almost convinced SAO that I was joining the military. Also I got my car worked on, and after I dropped it [...] There's more...

UGH

‘This is harrrrrrrd,’ I groaned. ‘This was YOUR idea!’ Cal said. ‘Well it was a dumb idea, why’d you agree to it?’ ‘You literally emotionally blackmailed me into this.’ ‘Did not.’ ‘You did. Now, keep writing.’ Cal and I had finished the 40 Days of Friendship, but instead of writing it as we went along (which, to be fair, we did at the beginning) we started slacking on the writing and focusing on the friendship around day 21, having celebrated being halfway through with copious amounts of wine. The next day I had asked if he wanted to get lunch and when he replied, ‘I can’t hang out with you because I have to write about hanging out with you,’ we decided that the writing would be secondary to the friendship. Now, it’s looking like it’ll be about 40 days since the end before I start publishing it, but it’s not that big of a deal. I have an idea in my head of what I want it to be like, so I’m just working away at it. Cal, the overachieving arse, finished his part ages ago. Which is how I got to this point, complaining as I scroll through [...] There's more...

40 Days of Friendship – THE RULES

  Ignore the terrible cropping…I’m a writer not a photo-shopper.        Ignore the off-set handwriting…I’m a writer not a…well, fuck.  THE RULES Life consists almost exclusively of rules. And I am an avid breaker of rules. The rules of the road? Fuck off. I’m not religious but I’m quite sure at any given moment I am probably breaking the rules of God. Rules on the Underground? You don’t control me, TFL. Not anymore. Even the rules at uni like, “don’t sleep in the JCR”…”don’t skip your tutorials”…”stay away from the Blues”…”don’t stand on your chair in the curry house during a swap”…Tick, tick, tick x4, tick x??? So why impose rules on myself now? Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, avid reader, I am nothing if not sporadic with my writing, and this project requires daily involvement. So, some rules were necessary to make sure I kept up my end of the bargain for something I dragged my slightly unwilling friend into. As previously mentioned, the idea came about from reading the 40 Days of Dating project in which two friends decided that since they were both single and in the same city it only made sense to [...] There's more...