March 4, 2010

dear clusterflock

What do you recommend?


  1. Andrew Simone on March 4th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Toad Hollow Pinot Noir Rosé in the shade on a hot day.

  2. Deron Bauman on March 4th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Olympus and Leica lenses attached via adapter to digital slrs.

  3. Sheila Ryan on March 4th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Taking off on a road trip all by your lonesome. Though traditional, a car is not necessary. Trains and boats and planes will serve as well, along with buses and bicycles.

  4. Michael Smith on March 4th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Get up early on what promises to be a hot summer day, if it’s a little chilly resist the urge to wear anything more than your cycling shorts and short sleeved jersey, and go on a long bike ride. Enjoy the morning breeze. Work hard, if you’d like, but stop a few times to sit on the grass and munch on the almond butter and honey sandwich you wrapped in foil and jammed into your jersey pocket.

    When you’re done, make yourself a big lunch. Take it and an ice cold lager outside and sit in the shade. Eat. Drink.

  5. Sheila Ryan on March 4th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Buying original works of art that move you.

  6. Katie B. on March 4th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Cook simple meals with the best possible ingredients you can find.

  7. Amanda Mae Meyncke on March 4th, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Listen to real records. Buy records with your friends.

    Ask someone who knows you really well to recommend a movie you might like. You might really like it.

    Take time to rest, but don’t forget to start making things again. Figure out what’s stopping you from working and remove those impediments. (I call this principle “buying the fan.” If it’s too hot to work in your studio? buy a fan.)

    Make mimosas in waterbottles and sneak them into a movie. Or just bring vodka and buy a sprite and make drinks for everyone with you. This so vastly improves the movie theatre experience I can’t recommend it enough.

  8. Coop on March 4th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    A trip to Malta.

  9. Dave Vogt on March 4th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Bed rest and plenty of fluids. You may return to light activity in three days, no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for at least a week. You’ll probably have a little discomfort. Here’s something for if it gets bad. If you have any questions give me a call.

  10. Nicole C. on March 4th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I wish I could favorite Michael Smith’s comment. So pretty.

  11. Michael Smith on March 4th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Consider it favorited (and thanks, it’s rare that I’m able to say exactly what I mean).

  12. Rick Neece on March 4th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Phill Bebbington’s photography.

  13. Rick Neece on March 4th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Of course I meant “Phil.”

  14. Derek White on March 4th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    for starters try looking at this new Foals video:

  15. Phil Bebbington on March 4th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Rick, Danny and yourself can always use 2 LLs if it moves you.

  16. Phil Bebbington on March 4th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in
    your own living room.

    Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

    Do NOT read beauty magazines they will only make
    you feel UGLY.

  17. Rick Neece on March 4th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks, Phil. The double L was an errant strike in typing. Seems I’ve been doing it a lot lately, usually I catch it before it goes. Love the Baz Luhrmann piece.

    Also, Derek, thanks for the recommendation. Don’t know where I might have heard/seen this were it not for you here now.

  18. Aaron Winslow on March 4th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Browned butter
    Little jokes
    Sharp lines

  19. Nero F. Martin on March 5th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Moxie. It Makes Mainers Mighty, among other things.

  20. Nicole C. on March 5th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    French press coffee, good gloves, and reading the newspaper before you go to work.

  21. Elizabeth Perry on March 5th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    This blog. This post. These comments. (You are here.)

  22. Michael Lang on March 5th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Music, dancing, coffee, sex, hugs, and farting around.

    Staring at the ocean and smiling at babies too.