On The Screen: Craiglist Joe

I heard about Craigslist Joe a few months ago and got really excited and also to see if Joe could measure up to Craigslist Forrest. As a couple who met via Craigslist, found too many cars to count, bought our house, and have bought and sold many miscellaneous items, we immediately assumed that this would be an exercise in trying to build a life from nothing via Craigslist (as in get a job, an apartment, a car, etc.). That wasn’t what this movie was about.

Rather than an exercise in obtaining basic material needs through an alternative means, Joe explores how Craigslist can be a way of drawing people together in an increasingly isolated world. Joe set out on his adventure with nothing but the clothes on his back, a cell phone and a lap top journeying to see how Americans in the midst of a recession could “take care of each other.” He meets people though Craigslist (and in bars, dance classes, and volunteer gigs he found on Craigslist) who let him ride in their cars, sleep on their couches, and dine with their families.

While the movie was not what we expected, we enjoyed following along with Joe’s adventures in meeting people and traveling around the country. We were surprised by his lack of negative experiences (he only had a couple of “no shows” and no real weirdos), occasionally cheered by the people he found, and found ourselves wanting to shake him and give him advice (for example, “If you need to get to New Orleans, any destination on I-10 is probably a good bet”). If you enjoy a good travel documentary that features the good of people (even people you meet on the Internet), check Craigslist Joe.

Three Years

Three years ago exactly (down to the minute), I went on a date.

Summer 2008: I graduated from Bates and moved to Corvallis, Oregon to start my graduate program in Chemical Oceanography just a week after returning to the west coast. I had moved in with my cousin’s girlfriend (now wife!) but about three weeks after I’d moved in she suffered a broken arm in a bike-car altercation and decided to drop her summer school classes and go back to Washington. This left me in a new town with essentially no friends (we had another roommate but she and I never wound up being that close). I was excited to start graduate school but still, I was lonely.

A very dear friend of mine had found a very lovely boy through the personals ads in a local weekly. I thought about going the Match.com or eHarmony route but I just didn’t really have the money in the budget for membership fees. So I wrote an ad and posted it on Craigslist.

I moved to here from Maine in June after getting my bachelors degree at Bates College and I’ll be starting a masters program here at OSU in September. I loved living out east for a few years and trying lots of new things but I’m really happy to be back in the Northwest (I’m originally from Washington).

I’m a serious student who really does love to learn, when it came time to decide what I was doing after Bates I couldn’t imagine not going to more school. I spend a good deal of my free time reading; I’ll read good new fiction, classics, books about science, history, almost anything really.

That being said, however, I love to have a good time. For me, “having a good time” can mean any number of things. I make it a priority to spend lots of time outside–I love camping, hiking (both day hiking and backpacking), skiing (downhill) and everything about salt water. Baseball’s my favorite (I was a softball player in college) but I love watching most sports–I was “one of the guys” for our weekly Pats (gasp! I know. I was in New England) watching sessions all four years at Bates.

I also like trying new things. I’m almost always up to try something new–a restaurant, a recipe, a drive, a sport, a new microbrew, anything really. I’m always on the lookout for “adventures,” which is really just my way of saying I want to do something fun that might generate a fun story or experience.

I’m 5’10” and athletically built so ideally I’d like a taller, athletic guy. If you like to try new things and try to find adventure in the everyday, let’s meet up over coffee or beers.

P.S. No smokers please.

After a series of disappointing dates and one guy who I tried to convince myself I should give a shot but I just couldn’t (He was nice I just wasn’t attracted to him). While I was out on a research cruise gotten an email from a guy who swore (and still swears) that they were browsing the personals looking for someone for a friend. He seemed nice but I went home for a week and basically forgot about him and given up on the whole thing.

I returned to Corvallis with a Ford Focus hatchback full of Ikea stuff to assemble and after my first day of grad school orientation finished up I dove right in to assembling it. A few minutes into putting my table/desk together I got an email and after a few emails we set up at date for 4:15. I was actually sort of miffed that I had to finish up with the desk and had to actually change out of my old high school gym shorts.

F, when asked about our first date, will always tell you that I was late. But really I was just waiting outside. Anyway, he was reading Desert Solitaire and he was cute.

We had coffee, he got lost trying to find my house (I rode my bike home he was trying to find it via motorcycle), I got on his motorcycle (things NOT to do!) and we went put-put golfing (Guinnesses in hand), returned to my house had pizza, watched a movie, watched George Carlin YouTube videos, drank some more beer and talked for hours.

Next year, we’ll be getting married (in all likelihood on this weekend…which is more of a weather choice than a sentimental one but I do pretty much like it) but for now, happy getting coffee day F.

Road Trip Reason/More than you ever wanted to know about woodstoves

Although just taking a trip is totally worth it, we actually had a reason for taking this one.

A 1970’s (I think F said it was a ’79 Forrest has informed me it’s a ’78.) Fisher Baby Bear woodstove.

Our stove, waiting to be rescued from a garage in Klamath Falls

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