Breath Mints and conversation tips

Instructions for making new connections and striking deals.

Have you been invited to a party?
Learn how to talk,
dress and behave.

Step 1


Step 2

Learn to overcome the obstacles between you and great conversations. Shyness, insecurity, language or speech problems, and nerves can be minimized through study, training or therapy.

Step 3

Enrich your store of conversational topics. Current events, movies and books, food and restaurants, music, psychology, and hobbies are all rich sources.

Step 4

Practice the art of conversation with people you trust. Try out a new topic, a new manner of speaking, a new interest or improved storytelling on them.

I dont usually get invited to polite parties, no printed invitations for Mediterranean dinners, no gardens for sipping Beaujolais or tasting brochettes of melon while boats roar with prosciutto and mozzarella. I have never brought a bottle of wine, mapped the mingle pattern nor warmed a house with my presence.
My cozy presence has , with more confident friends, bum crashed a few polite parties munching for the bruschetta and sniffing for the free coke. I smile shyly and stuff my surplus messenger bag with bottles of Marker's Mark, Grey Goose and Stoli.
I am hopeless.

Step 5

Read newspapers and magazines; watch new and different television programs; attend more plays, lectures or even classes.

Step 6

Jot down what you find interesting about what you learn, people you meet and what you've read. Practice talking about those topics.

Step 7

Learn some opening lines that will lead to discussions and memorize them until they come out naturally: "You know, the other day I noticed how many people wear (glasses) (all black) (the same outfits) (bad ties) ....

" what is your medium?"
" Umm... I dont know, anything. really."
" He is a photographer, he is always carrying a camera."
" Oh a photographer."
"No, I mean, I am not that good.. with a camera."
" You should really learn to talk about your art. How are you going to get an exhibit or representation?"
" Umm... ya, your right ... nice to meet you, thanks."

I am hopeless, what can I say?

I make spit art... its multi-snot.
I will use any material available to me, if you left a half gallon a paint by the side of your house or in an open bulk head, I took it . I will use nails, boards rotting wood, crusty paint brushes, abandon houses, paper, canvas, dirt, moss, flour, salt , skin scurf.
I am not afraid of technology, I use any cheese ass computer program I get access to and it shows.

You can check my mess HERE

or just play find "The Flit At The Party" below.


From Wikipedia,

Polari (or alternatively Parlare, Parlary, Palare, Palarie, Palari, Parlyaree, from Italian parlare, "to talk") was a form of cant slang used in the gay subculture in Britain.
Polari is a mixture of Romance (Italian or Mediterranean Lingua Franca), Romany, London slang, backslang, rhyming slang, sailor slang, and thieves' cant. Later it expanded to contain words from the Yiddish language of the Jewish subculture which settled in the East End of London, the US forces (present in the UK during World War II) and 1960s drug users. It was a constantly developing form of language, with a small core lexicon of about 20 words (including bona, ajax, eek, cod, naff, lattie, nanti, omi, palone, riah, zhoosh (tjuz), TBH, trade, vada), with over 500 other lesser-known items.

Polari was used in London fishmarkets, the theatre, and the gay subculture. As Polari, it was used to disguise homosexual activity from potentially hostile outsiders (such as undercover policemen), but also because many gay men worked in theatrical entertainment where the lingo originated (including fairgrounds and circuses, hence the many borrowings from Romani in Polari). The almost identical Parlyaree has been spoken in fairgrounds since at least the 17th century and continues to be used by show travellers in England and Scotland. As theatrical booths, circus acts and menageries were once a common part of European fairs it is likely that the roots of Polari/Parlyaree lie in the period before both theatre and circus became independent of the fairgrounds. The Parlyaree spoken on fairgrounds tends to borrow much more from Romani, as well as other languages and argots spoken by travelling people, such as cant and backslang.

A glory hole (also spelled gloryhole and glory-hole) is a hole in a wall, or other partition, often between public lavatory stalls or adult video arcade booths for people to engage in sexual activity or observe the person in the next cubicle while one or both parties masturbate. The partition maintains anonymity.

The precise origin of the term is unknown, but it is known to have been used in Polari, the covert language of the homosexual subculture in London's dockland, amongst sailors, stewards, queers and queens who associated with it. In naval slang, the 'glory hole' was used in both the merchant and Royal Navy; in the Navy this refers to a place for general untidinesses, on passenger liners the Stewards' mess, and on coal-burning tramp steamers, the stoke hold.

There are many theories regarding the origins of the earliest glory hole. One common idea is that it originated as a spy or peep hole, and grew larger as men sought more contact, but only enough contact as to perform sex acts upon the genitals of other men.

From the mid-to-late 20th century glory holes could be found in public men's rooms in the United States including adult bookstores, and gay bars. When an institution (school, governmental or business) would replace bathroom stalls they often would upgrade to stainless steel to discourage creating holes as well as other forms of vandalism as wood walls were an easy target for such activities. Sometimes men who enjoy the erotic aspects of the activity will even create one for private use in their homes.



The following photographic essay is Re-Bloged from Around And Under, and that is all the information I have.





'A PostModern Fashion Show'

There isn't exactly a lot of green space in the fair hamlet of Allston, MA, so to the average non-resident bystander, Ringer Park may seem like nothing to particularly write home about. But to Allston residents, this lovable hillside that's occasionally littered with broken glass and canine turds is all we've got, SO BACK OFF ALRIGHT?

That being said, this Saturday, things at Ringer get even better - there will be live rock music in the Park. Yes, it's true! As far as I can tell, Saturday's event will be some sort of local artisan and creativity showcase featuring a flea-market of some sorts, ...... with lots of noise, sweat and yes, possibly, even a little bit of fun. All in all, this show should be an interesting experience in broad daylight.

(Boston Band Crush)

Ringer Park

On June 13, my friend, comrade and all around amazing human Dave Eger put together the first of his semi-legal events at Ringer Park in Boston's improper Allston hood.

'A PostModern Fashion Show' an afternoon of local bands, art, homemade brownies and people giving away objects they have no use for anymore.

I am designing images for the next event. Here are my drafts with no text yet...

Click to enlarge and such.

For you
Here is the some of the artist who performed.
Links to free music ... so download you Mofo's




We were really bored, so we formed an awesome band the likes of which has yet to be surpassed...

Download free music



Download free music



Ice Dragon "I Might Be Gone"

Ice Dragon "Hexagon Riders"

(Allston Rock City)