Exclusive: Dakota Interviews the Loch Ness Monster

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Dakota: Let’s get this out of the way right now: how do feel about Scottish independence?

LNM: Grrrrrrrrrr. Rawr. AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Dakota: Seriously?

LNM: Nah, like I give a fuck. Get back to me when plesiosaurs have rights. 

Dakota: Is that what you are?

LNM: Well, “monster” is not a taxonomic classification. It’s also a little offensive. Am I really so monstrous? I avoid the spotlight and so the liberal media makes up lies about me.

Dakota: Did you enjoy “Legend of the Water Horse?”

LNM: Let’s not go there.

Dakota: How old are you by the way?

LNM: 457. But in monster years, so don’t read too much into it.

Dakota: What are you looking forward to if Scotland becomes a new country?

LNM: Maybe we’ll get a baseball team?

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Dakota: Seriously?

LNM: Nah.

Dakota: Well thanks for stopping by the internet to talk to me today. Always a pleasure.

LNM: Wait, I’m working on a song: “Nessie the Magic Monster, Lived in the Lake”, it’s a metaphor about drugs.

Dakota: Next time, next time.

 

 

 

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Dakota Undercover: I’m A Barista…Again!

This week my boss asked me to perform a social experiment on the streets of Washington DC.

I stood on the corner of K and 19th and asked passerby if they would be interested in free coffee.

The verdict? Most people in Washington are clearly late for a funeral. They are grumpy, rude, anxious and miserable, but also clearly in a hurry. Their heads are down, buds in their ears, everyone is wearing a suit or an ankle-length skirt, nobody looks happy to be here.

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People’s reaction to someone trying to talk to them on the street says a lot about our society. We have been clearly conditioned not only to expect solicitations of sex, drugs, or scam offers from sneaky Jews, but also to anticipate a certain amount of aggression from these erstwhile attackers. It is dangerous to make eye contact with someone else on the sidewalk; people tried very hard not to notice me, but when it became obvious that I didn’t have a gun and that we were both aware of each other to the point that they couldn’t walk past without being obviously rude, they finally looked at me and reacted appropriately.

Polite people smiled, took a coffee card, or said no thank you. Impolite people continued to ignore me, say nothing, or worst of all, snatched the card away without saying “thank you”, like I was a monkey statue.

Often people asked me if there was a “catch”; were we hawking limited drinks? Did they have to come in right away? Was it a buy-one-get-one-free deal?

Why would someone be offering free coffee? Is it because their coffee is bad? Or are all the people at Introspect Tea and Coffee perverts? There must be a sad or ominous reason why they are giving away something they should be charging money for. Only crazy, twisted assholes make poor use of the capitalist marketplace.

I don’t know if this is opening a can of worms, but the two demographics who were consistently pleasant to me and thankful for the free coffee card were: old black men and attractive young women (of any race). What does that mean? Does this mean I should keep my beard?

My boss was surprised that I was so successful at handing out the coupons. Apparently other co-workers had been timid or uncomfortable with such a job.

I had no problem with getting out of the tiny kitchen. Out of the bosses shadow and out among “the people” was a fine place to be. And I have no problem with people treating me like shit; it’s just what people do. Not me specifically, that is; people don’t treat me like shit because I’m special, they treat everyone like shit because nobody is special enough to be treated like not-shit.

Which is not to say I’m okay with people ignoring me or being rude. I’m a judger and a hater. But you can’t change random pedestrians, even if you have a coupon. It’s not my responsibility to reform people. We should all lead by example, not by aphoristic instruction (which, hypocritically, is exactly what I am doing right now with this blog post).

What am I trying to say exactly? I guess I am left with a question:

What the fuck is wrong with people in Washington DC?

Why do they ignore me on the street? At the bars? On the metro? On tinder? Why do people look both constipated and self-righteous when patrolling downtown?

Sometimes I feel like (Northwest) Washington DC was composed from taking the douchiest young professionals of New York and transplanting them 400 miles south.

Another way of saying this is like Washington DC is like New York but without the artists, singers, gays, and vibrant minority groups. Maybe that’s not fair: DC has its fair share of Ethiopians and El Salvadorians, which seems random. I actually don’t know anything about DC demographics, except that the city is still very segregated and votes Democratic.

It’s really the artist thing that gets to me. I feel the DC community is mostly lacking in any kind of legit arts scene or collection of fun freaks who do shit(besides hard drugs, there’s plenty of that here). Maybe I just know the wrong people.

Maybe it’s not DC at all. Maybe it’s me. Or maybe it’s everyone, everywhere. It could be worse. I’ve been to Biloxi, Mississippi. I’d much rather be here.

Are the people of DC actually this miserable, or are they just pretending?

Is DC the greatest art scene of all? Theater of the unpleasant on a grand city-scale stage? Are people secretly nice but just pretending to be yuppie garbage because that’s what they think the audience paid for?

To be continued. For now, enjoy my latest work, “Cow’s heart: with aorta” by Dakota McKee:

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How to Get More Dates Through LinkedIn

downloadThe online dating world can often be frustrating, but nothing is worse than feeling like you’re dumping all your romantic energy down a black hole, pouring your soul into your profile and not scoring any dates. Due to the complex differences between interacting with people online and in the real world, it’s sometimes hard to know why you’re failing.

One site I hear a lot of complaints about recently is LinkedIn, the dating site for young professionals. Men especially are having a hard time getting women to “Accept their invitation”, which is the sometimes pushy terminology the website uses for reaching out to people.

I absolutely believe LinkedIn can work for people looking to find love. I’ve heard stories of people who met through LinkedIn getting married, or in long-term relationships. It absolutely happens. They key is to try to improve your own use of the site to make sure you are maximizing your potential for such happy endings.

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Here are some important tips to remember (note: mostly for men):

1. Don’t endorse all her skills.

Yes, she put all those out there and is asking for some level of outside assessment, but when you overwhelm her with endorsements, you may think you’re saying “I think you’re a competent and skilled contributor to society and I objectively appreciate all your talents”, she’s just reading a very loud message that “I just want to fuck you.” Desperation is always an immediate turnoff, and even if you think this woman is fantastic and deserves recognition, hold back until you get to know each other a little better.

2. No tie selfies.

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Yes, women like a man who can fill out a business suit, but sometimes you can come across as a narcissist if you put it all out there immediately. Don’t spoil the surprise! Wait until you invite her over to your place before you start trying on your best clothing to impress. As a man on LinkedIn, you need to demonstrate quiet confidence. Let your personality shine, and then your wardrobe will only enhance your desirability, instead of relying on it completely.

3. Don’t be too honest on your resume. 

Yes, you want fill out a whole page and invite room for conversation or fun stories when you first meet, but this is LinkedIn! You’re trying to score a date! Be goal-oriented. So even if you think it’s interesting or humorous to add that you worked two summers as a bouncer at your hometown strip bar, you might want to consider how that could come across to people who don’t know you personally. Also, remember, your resume is your chance to give someone NEW a first impression, so realize you can be whoever you want to be; no extra baggage attached!

4. Don’t pretend to be Garrett Ive

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Garrett Ive is his own man. Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself. Remember that if you’re successful in getting a date, she’ll see you in person and will immediately recognize if you are or aren’t Garrett Ive. Just be yourself and you’ll do fine.

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5. If she doesn’t respond in six weeks, move on.

The timeline for landing dates on LinkedIn is a little complicated, probably because a lot of invitations go right to spam mail. It’s good to be patient, but remember, there are plenty of young professional smartly dressed fishes in the sea, and you don’t want to spend your whole life waiting for a someone who just might not be that into you. Are you being realistic about your chances of success? Are you trying to score out of your LinkedIn League? Think about your life and the choices you’ve made.

Dakota’s Secret Coffee Secrets

Want to know how to make great coffee? Latte art? Cappuccino foam frothier than ocean waves?

THEN TAKE A MOTHER F—ING COFFEE CLASS!

In the meantime, here are some tidbits I’ve picked up while working in the trade. Some special drinks, exotic methods of caffeine extraction and other kinds of delicious and, most importantly, INSIDER knowledge which you will only read about because I’m probably not good enough at this job to last long-term.

I bet you never knew about:

1. Jewish Coffee

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This surprisingly simple, surprisingly Jewish, beverage is simply a cappuccino topped with a little bit of Chai mix. Just make sure not to drink this while eating a beef sandwich.

2. Vietnamese Drip Four Loko

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This process is really fun to watch and separates some of the electrolytes from Four Loko. Drip Loko has a slightly fluffier consistency, but you have to add condensed milk at the end, otherwise it’s just Four Loko gone through a pointless filter. Try adding condensed milk from Four Loko right out of the can for Soviet Loko, during which cardiac arrests you!

3. Coffee, Tea, Coca-Cola and Wheat Grass

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Or me?

4. Kombucha Kon Leche

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Unfortunately, nothing will make Kombucha taste any better than fermented piss, but maybe that’s only because the Ginger Nazi who lived in my house used to brew it in the backyard. Still, the only way to rescue kombucha from the hipsters is to make it EVEN more exclusive and niche, and what better way to do that than creating an exotic new beverage? Does milk taste good with sewage sludge? Try it for yourself!

6. Decaf Cigarettes

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Have you ever just wanted to smoke a cigarette without getting anxious jitters after brunch? How many people lament that they started smoking just to “fit in” only to find they couldn’t quit their caffeine addiction? Most decaf-soaked cigarettes taste just as good as the stronger brews, although you’re still better off buying from an independent coffee house. For a really tasty diet, try diet sugar as well.