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Missed Connections Illustrated
October 28, 2009 7:24 PM   Subscribe

"Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down." Missed Connections illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

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posted by Fuzzy Monster (26 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
Those are beautiful
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:37 PM on October 28, 2009


I stand by my previous comment, but I'm sure there are the rare non-creepy success stories from missed connections.
posted by BrotherCaine at 7:45 PM on October 28, 2009


Very cool, thanks.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:48 PM on October 28, 2009


This one is particularly awesome.
posted by pwally at 7:53 PM on October 28, 2009


Wow -- she's good!
posted by spilon at 7:56 PM on October 28, 2009


Pretty interesting counterpoint to this topic. On the one hand, these folks presumably are truly interested in a relationship, and erred on the side of not being intrusive (vs. catcallers and others more than happy to be intrustive and not necessarily really interested in getting together.) Yay.

On the other hand, if you shared a bear suit with someone at a party and couldn't figure out whether you should ask her out, some gumption lessons might be in order.
posted by msalt at 8:05 PM on October 28, 2009 [5 favorites]


These are kind of wonderful.
posted by lholladay at 8:09 PM on October 28, 2009


I sent this to Dobbs about a month ago as her illustrations reminded me of his writing. Apparently I wasn't the first to do this. He said they'd swapped emails and she suggested a collaboration. Not sure if they're going ahead with it but I think their styles are very complementary. I just re-emailed him for an update.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:15 PM on October 28, 2009


On the other hand, if you shared a bear suit with someone at a party and couldn't figure out whether you should ask her out, some gumption lessons might be in order.

re: Bear Suit: "I asked for your number and you gave it to me, but somehow I don't have an area code written down."
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 8:26 PM on October 28, 2009


What? How many area codes could it be?
posted by Flashman at 8:59 PM on October 28, 2009 [5 favorites]


Incidentally, I was just wondering today, is there any website type thing where you could post a picture of a stranger and see if anybody recognizes them?
I was wondering not in a missed connection or stalkerish kind of way, but I happened to take a really good picture back in August of a very well-dressed and handsome guy riding a bike in heavy traffic here in Ottawa, and whoever he is I'm sure he'd like it.
posted by Flashman at 9:05 PM on October 28, 2009


I really want this one to work out, because it'd be an awesome "So how did you meet?" story.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:06 PM on October 28, 2009


Love these. Thanks for this post.
posted by bearwife at 9:53 PM on October 28, 2009


Very nice. I might buy a few prints for my empty walls!
posted by brain_drain at 10:06 PM on October 28, 2009


Why am I feeling wonderful and sort of at peace with the world and its inhabitants now? And thank you.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:16 PM on October 28, 2009


Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly.

The lifespan of a butterfly, at least for one that makes to that stage, is somewhere between 4 and 10 months. Is that supposed to be notably long, or notably short?
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:24 AM on October 29, 2009


some gumption lessons might be in order

I like the idea of this. Can you recommend a good gumption coach, msalt?
posted by rhymer at 4:46 AM on October 29, 2009


What? How many area codes could it be?

That's what I was thinking; if I was that guy, I feel like I'd be way more likely to just go through the ten most likely area codes in a row:

"Hello?"
"Hi, my name's X, we shared a bear suit at the party?"
"You're.... thinking of someone else, creep." *click*

"Hello?"
"Hi, my name's X, we shared a bear suit at the party?"
"NO." *click*

"Hello?"
"Hi, my name's X, we shared a bear suit at the party?"
"Yes! I remember you! Let's have some TRUE LOVE"
"SWEET"
posted by Greg Nog at 5:22 AM on October 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


What? How many area codes could it be?

I knew plenty of people in New York that didn't have one of the 4 or 5 NYC area codes. People move from other cities and keep their cell numbers.
posted by piratebowling at 5:34 AM on October 29, 2009


No robe and wizard hat?
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:10 AM on October 29, 2009


"I would love to carry you around piggy back until you can walk again.."


Guys? I'm just gonna give up on the whole human interaction thing for a while. k?
posted by The Whelk at 7:58 AM on October 29, 2009


Can you recommend a good gumption coach, msalt?

Someday I'll write a book. What worked for me was, basically, working on all the stuff I was semi-consciously insecure about (reading, therapy, working out) instead of worrying about what clever thing to say to girls I met. Or maybe I just got older.

Notes to self-conscious teen guys: if you're any kind of tall, many women really like that. Why did no one tell me!?!?! And also, feminist theories notwithstanding, you're probably going to have to make the first move. Coffee date, keep it casual. It all seems obvious, I know, but it wasn't to me.
posted by msalt at 8:40 AM on October 29, 2009


I knew plenty of people in New York that didn't have one of the 4 or 5 NYC area codes.

You say that like the dude can't just keep calling more and more area codes, in ever-widening concentric circles spreading out from NYC.
posted by Greg Nog at 8:46 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's easy for area codes...

Just try all the NYC codes.

Then try:

SF
Minneapolis
Austin
Portland
Boston

no?

then start going into further areas that are full of young people who flee their environs for the warm bright lights of NYC. Before they get burned in a bearsuit.
posted by EricGjerde at 2:54 PM on October 29, 2009


My NYC cell phone has none of those zip codes.
posted by The Whelk at 9:28 PM on October 29, 2009


These are gorgeous. I gotta say, the best missed connection I ever read was the day after St. Patrick's Day, looking for someone along the lines of "You were in a green shirt and drinking a beer downtown, you know who you are." Still gives me a chuckle every time I think of it. If I were more of an artist, I think it could make for an excellent illustration.
posted by vytae at 8:05 PM on November 2, 2009


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