Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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Location: New York, New York, United States

I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Banana Guard. Really.

While reading an email from a member of the New York/New Jersey Puzzlers mailing list, I noticed that, for some reason, the Gmail ad server had elected to include an ad for something called the "banana guard."

Here it is. My question: can this possibly be real? And what word could Gmail have seized on to make it think, "someone reading this email will probably want to guard their bananas"? (All the email said was, "I'd like to put together a little mini-meeting of puzzlers in the area, and would you show up?")

Also, how do you know the banana-holder you've designed has a curvature that really is one size fits all? And shouldn't there also be a tomato guard? The more I think about it, the more my brain hurts.

UPDATE: Check out the Testimonials for some rather underwhelming praise. And it turns out that my curvature question is covered in their FAQ. So I guess they're on top of things.



Blogger Tristram Shandy said...

Well, Dave, those are British testimonials, after all.

6/07/2008 2:10 PM  

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