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Criminal History

In general my life has been very free of crime except that my copy of The Police greatest hits CD has been stolen at least three times. Also one year my car window was smashed multiple times in multiple locations but only when I had a Pixies CD in the car. (This is a trick correlation because I always had a Pixies CD in the car.)

There was one time it seemed like I was about to get mugged but instead I got directions to the train station. Literally, I was on the wrong side of the tracks and didn’t seem to belong around there. I appreciated the help.


Raiff: Were three different copies of the CD stolen or was the same CD stolen three times?

Romie: Three different copies. It would get stolen, I would replace it, and it would get stolen again. I might have undercounted; it happened a lot of times. At this point I think of it as a public service I do for people who think the Police are really catchy but who are for some reason too embarassed to walk up to the counter of a record store with such a poppy collection.

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Labour Gains

Congratulations to my British friends for Labour’s electoral gains! I think literally 100% of my British facebook friends were campaigning for Labour, vociferously and convincingly. Hence I was also rooting for Labour.

And hence I was pretty confident that Labour was going to make gains and the Tories were going to lose seats. I predicted these results almost to the number (5 seats still not reported), out of a combination of being well informed and being lucky at number guesses. But I try not to count my chickens (chiefly because I would realize I have zero chickens, which is sad for a fox). The votes are now in, so hooray!

I’ve been waiting more than a month to say as much. When Theresa May called the snap election, there was a certain amount of walking around my apartment talking to myself in stupefication, like, how could she think this is a good idea? How is it not obvious to her she’s going to lose seats, maybe a lot of them? This was not in line with the popular wisdom.

The reason it was obvious to me was you. I knew you’d get out there and beat the drum. And you did. Kudos. I know this is merely a first step when it comes to protecting the poor and the weak from the powerful and greedy, and there’s a lot more work on the horizon – but I have a lot of faith in how far you’ll take it. I remember what you’re capable of.

Phone Poem

Ciro is the most of my favorite is not responsible.


(This was produced by the predictive text of my phone. It’s a computer-generated poem in the Dada tradition.)


Angela J: I don’t have time on twitter I just miss quiz.

Matt: Have you been able to read the sandbox for the gameplay that is not going on at the end?

Lauren: I’m a huge fan on three years of the new bar in brightest minds to be.

Kirsten: I don’t know if you are a good person or a person who is a good person.

Edward: The fact I can see you soon as possible, and to get my nails, are you doing it wrong?

John: Ciro and I am not a good one who is still not happy with her sight words.

Rebecca: I have a lot of cards and I have the education and experience you disprove the show I mentioned at the last rehearsal dinner with a director of the day in a fevered dream state.

NHPR Floriography Interview

Here’s an interview I did with New Hampshire Public Radio, which you can stream on their website; I’m right at the beginning of the episode. They invited me on because they liked my language of flowers article and hoped I had more anecdotes to share. Which I did. Go listen.

Something I mention in the interivew is that the meanings of carnations and of roses vary a lot depending on the color. What I don’t think to say, but should have, is that roses often describe the status of a relationship – whether it’s romantic or sexual or pure friendship; whether there’s jealousy. Carnations are helpful as responses to questions – yes, no, maybe. (Maybe is indicated by stripes, of course.)