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Monday, June 05, 2006

Flat Stanley 2.0?

So Lulu, my inspiration for all ideas dastardly and fun has outdone herself. We were discussing all the crazy things women do when scorned by a love and how although it can be tempting to turn your ex's favorite tee shirt that he left at your house into a pile of rags and send it back to him in the mail, the knowledge that you come across as a psycho probably would probably mitigate any satisfaction you might have otherwise felt. But what then do you do with a possession that somebody has left behind by mistake? The options are certainly plentiful. You can toss it in the trash, give it to a friend, hock it on Ebay, use it for target practice, the list goes on.

Or you can do what Lulu has suggested and go Flat Stanley on the item. As some of you may know, Flat Stanley is a popular project wherein school children send one another this piece of paper cut into the shape of a boy named Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley also comes with a journal and recipients are encouraged to fill out the journal explaining all of the fun things that Stanley did in his stay in their town, along with some fun facts about the town. The exercise is supposed to teach children that letter writing is fun, an especially important lesson in our age of emailing and instant communication. Flat Stanley is very popular and is probably even better traveled than Carmen Sandiego, a personal favorite from my own childhood. According to Lulu, what would be an exceptionally fun activity would be to send the ex's lost item to your friends in other parts of the country, or even in other parts of the world. The item could then be photographed having a grand old time on its vacation, preferably being used in activities that your ex would frown up. Of course a journal would also be included to explain the pictures, just in case your former didn't understand the significance of what was going down.

I wonder how people would react to something like that. On the one hand its slightly psycho. But its also so painfully funny its humor might actually outweigh its craziness. Does somebody want to test this out for us and tell us how it goes? We could even blog about it...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant - absolutely brilliant! Where were you several years ago when I would have had the perfect instance for such an idea?

Plus, it has a totally kick-butt tag-line. "So what did you do with his stuff?" "Oh, I totally went Flat Stanley on his gear. Currently touring Montana, last I heard."

- DS

2:18 PM  
Anonymous the good doctor said...

Well this is certainly a creative idea, and would be incredibly funny in practice. However, calling this "slightly psycho" is like calling killing someone a bit faux pas.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I hear psycho is in fashion. Ignore the voices of reason and send Flat Stanley on his way.

5:12 PM  
Blogger LuLu said...

I, naturally, think it is a brilliant idea... one shouldn't have left their crap behind (it's just plain irresponsible and why some people cannot have nice things) and the innocent are not to be held responsible for others' lost items. That being said, I'm certifiable. I told you that my second choice would be "concept art." Let said item forever live on placed on your wall in tiny pieces inside a shadow box.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is not even remotely psycho. it's hilarious and not scary. do it. you are not required to tell the ex where Flat Stanley Redux goes, keep track only for yourself, and watch how liberating it becomes with each successive location. before long, that old white baseball cap or HEAD tennis shirt will no longer hold the stank memories of the old, but wonderful new memories of all these great adventures!

2:26 AM  

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