On Saturday, I spent an un-godly amount of money getting two pieces of art framed for my home. As a result of this experience, I have a beef with the picture framing industry: lack of pricing transparency. It's impossible to know what it actually costs to get something framed, so when the nice man at the counter tells you he's cutting you a "deal" and throwing the glass in for free, how can you be sure that he's telling the truth?
For all I know he's like that guy who does something swoony and romantic on a first date, qualifying it with "oh, I never do this sort of thing" but then you learn later that he does that with all the girls and it's simply his tried and true method of getting women into bed?
If I were to own a framing store, I'd be totally upfront with my pricing. Then I would use that transparency as a marketing gimmick. In being honest about raping my customers of money I would present it as a good thing like "hey, at least I'm honest about it." To draw an oh-so-popular Gossip Girl analogy, I'd be the Chuck Bass of picture framing--evily self-serving but so clear about it you can't help but fall for it.
Speaking of GG, I have finally ID'd why I loathe Dan so much. I've been saying for months now that Dan is the reincarnation of Brandon Walsh. Cute on the surface, but scratch down a layer only to find a judgemental, sactimonious prick. But oh, it gets even worse, friends. Dan is that indie/po-mo kid who was unpopular throughout much of his teens only to have sudden luck with the ladies come his late teens/early twenties. Dan is the guy who uses his geekiness as a ruse to attract sensitive indie/po-mo girls, convince them of his "sensitivity", just to pump and dump them. He is also probably the kind of guy who makes depressing iTunes mixes featuring songs by Magnentic Fields and Ryan Adams. While Dan aspires to Dartmouth, his real-life counterpart would most likely be found on the campus of Wesleyan, Oberlin, Reed or Brown.
And in other news, I'm having a general feeling of over-ness towards individuals of the male variety right now. Since i haven't yet determined how specific I feel like getting about my personal life on teh internets, that's all I am going to say. But I do wish sexuality was something that could be evaluated for efficiency and return-on-investment with the option of re-investing elsewhere as needed. Because right now, stocks seem to be down just about everywhere.
Overs and outs. Happy Monday, ya'll.