In the horrible, volatile war field that is dating, romance and just sex there are people who leave scars deeper than others. These people act as the yardstick we measure all future flirtations, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers and even life partners against. These people occupy strange places in our lives, because they once knew us better than anyone in the world, and for some reason or another they fell away into the land of bittersweet memories.
Last night, to my surprise, a name I had not seen in a while popped up on the bottom of my Facebook screen. A name that used to cause middle school jitters and then later caused a lot of tears. A guy who I was unhealthy attached to for longer than I care to admit. We knew everything about each other (at least, I thought we did) spent countless hours together. We were good friends until we were more than friends. Then, very quickly, we were enemies.
I’m not going to get into the specifics of what happened between us, because they are not significant (and frankly none of your business). Basically he betrayed me, belittled me and broke my heart. Classic hopeless romantic stuff – the backbone of cheesy dime novels, Sara Bareilles songs and Lifetime movies – but painful none the less.
Canadians love their hockey, no seriously they LOVE their hockey. This week when Lord Stanley’s Cup traveled to Vancouver for the NHL finals only to be taken back to Boston after the Bruins crushed the Canucks during game 7, the Canadians were not happy. They were so not happy they decided to set their city on fire, smash windows and overturn cars causing thousands of dollars in damage. In the middle of the booze and blood-covered scene, Getty Images photographer Rich Lam captured this moment.
This is a stunning photograph for many reasons. First it captures an act of romantic passion amid acts of violent passion. Second is the composition, the foreground and background are out of focus, but the police presence it obvious and ominous. Lit by the street lamps and focused in the center is the kissing couple, who appear as if they are completely ignorant to the chaos around them. Most importantly, the almost blocked subjects heightens the feeling that the viewer is catching a sneak peak of a very private moment despite the public setting. Gotta love some quality voyeurism.
I knew the first post on this thing was going to be a bit daunting. I want this blog to become something special, and represent the things I enjoy most in life: writing, photography, poetry, good company, a well-mixed drink and most importantly food. I thought I would start with one of my favorite recipes or post one of my best photos, until I found this video. It is a mash up of three songs from Adele’s most recent Album 21. If you have not listened to the album in its entirety while sitting in a cafe, sipping a cup of coffee and reminiscing about the last person who broke your heart, do it now. If there is one thing I like more than the soulful power of Adele’s voice, it is other artists using her genius to make something (dare I say it?) better. I also have a soft spot for dorky guys rockin’ out.