Photo Blog: Brooklyn Pride Festival 2013

As long as I am playing catch-up with the blog this week (see my post from a few days ago about a couple of Christie’s auctions that occurred in May) why not offer up two posts in one week? The heat is crazy now in NYC, and I am here to help distract and entertain. What better way than my very first photo blog?

Six weeks ago I had an awesome time as a vendor at the Brooklyn Pride Festival. This was the festival’s first year at their new location on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, and my first year being a part of it!

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Earlier in the week I gave a sneak peek on Instagram of some fun free items I would have at my booth:

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All week there was the threat of rain, but when I checked the forecast the night before it looked like the rain would end just in time for the festival. Hooray!

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I bought a little notebook earlier in the week to write notes on people I met and spoke with during the day. I opened it on the morning of the festival to find the inside cover had this apropos quote!

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Setting up the booth was easier than expected thanks to my family of helpers. I couldn’t have done it without them! This also meant we had a bit of time before the festival started to take silly photos. Can you see the resemblance?

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One of my favorite ideas that worked so well in the booth were these beautiful pink hydrangeas. There was one in each corner to distract from the tent boots (so the tent doesn’t fly away with a gust of wind). They were so cheerful!

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My dad, who is an amazing artist and creates incredible artwork with chalk, did diamond ring chalk designs on the concrete around the booth. Here is just one of the sparkly rings!

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Remember that photo of the rings on my finger? They are party favor engagement rings, which I paired with fake silver and gold bands attached to my business cards. Everyone got one! The little kids who came to my booth and were table height adored them. Who doesn’t love a fun ring to play with during a street fair?

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The crowds were there early and lasted throughout the day:

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Since I wasn’t selling a product but rather a service I had a big sign in the booth that said “Ask the Gemologist!” so people knew they could come and talk to me. I spoke to so many great people who had wonderful questions about diamonds, gemstones, and rings. It was fun to help and inform!

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Since I was in the booth all day I didn’t get a chance to walk to fair. That didn’t mean I couldn’t send a friend to score me a pair of awesome sunglasses that National Grid was giving out at their booth a couple of blocks away. So cool! Cue the requisite smoochy face:

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All in all it was a fantastic day. Perhaps you will see me at next years festival!

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Did you attend the Brooklyn Pride Festival? Did you find anything great there? Or perhaps there was a Pride Festival in your hometown? This was the first street fair where I didn’t get to consume fair food, like grilled corn or a pickle on a stick. I’ll have to make up for it at the next one!


Flatter Spam, That’s So Sweet!

Everyone is used to the concept of spam. Those annoying emails that worm their way into your inbox, trying to convince you to invest money, buy pills, or join a special VIP gaming site. One of the other forms of spam comes to websites through the comments section on their blog. Traditionally these would be spam comments that would contain a link to an unsafe website. But lately there has been a new form of comment spam called “flatter spam”. In these, sentences are put together using flattering terms, in hopes that the use of positive words will help them make their way through any spam filters. Since they are created by a spambot, they are usually easy to detect because the sentence structure is very poor. After my relaunch last week, I received several hilarious spam comments, and I wanted to share the chuckles with you. None of these spam comments contained unsafe links, so I’m not sure why they even wasted their time. Plus, I have since installed new spam filtering software, so there won’t likely be any more like these. But let’s enjoy these “gems” for now!

One of the funny parts of these spam comments is that they always seem to make sure at least one word is spelled incorrectly, so the comment seems more “realistic”, like a real human would write it. Like these:

Dasia: “Your aritcle perfectly shows what I needed to know, thanks!”

Tallin: “Good points all aournd. Truly appreciated.”

Vlora: “Extremely hlefpul article, please write more.”

Lucka: “You keep it up now, undresatnd? Really good to know.”

There are the comments that make you wonder about the spambot’s mental health:

Cassie: “And to think I was going to talk to seomone in person about this.”

And others where the spambot is just giving it to you straight, like a good friend would:

Patsy: “No more s***. All posts of this qaluity from now on.”

And last of all the long comment, that provides a full paragraph of advice:

Walawender: “It’s perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I may I wish to counsel you few attention-grabbing issues or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles regarding this article. I want to learn more things about it!”

Have you ever encountered some hilarious spam? Share the laughs!

Spam hair clip image found here.