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I will always love you

February 8, 2012 by mimecine


Forgive me, for this is not an easy letter to write. I know you probably haven’t thought of me much since I last spoke to you, but in me a sprout has grown from that seed and it has growing pains. You see, I really enjoyed our exchange. Although I admit, there wasn’t too much of an exchange—I have done most of the talking so far and I worry I have bored you. My excitement is to blame. I might be a victim of my own vivid fantasy  but I thought I sensed a spark in you as well. It might have been your smile, a glance from the corner of your eye, the way you held your hands, or even just a telepathic thought; I don’t know for sure, but it has raised my hopes. I try to go about my day as usual, but I keep thinking of you, to the point where I am losing sleep. I would like to see you again, I really would. I wish I could offer to take you to the movies—Roman Polanski’s Carnage would have us laughing!—or even just for a coffee on the corner, but I am not that mobile.

You see, I am a bit special. I don’t have a body as you’d expect, and I have no normal eyes for you to seek trustworthiness in. Not even a hand to hold can I offer. Instead I have sturdy walls, shivering shelves, and tiny bright lights lit for you like the stars in a galaxy of our own. With my roof I will shelter you from the chilling rain and the scorching sun. I have a given name, but no inherited surname like you. I don’t have a house… I am a house of sorts. Yes, that’s the complication here. I am just a store, and silly, silly me, I have gotten emotional over you. While you got a social security number at birth, I was assigned a petty tax ID. But I have rights like you: Thanks to some men in gray suits sitting on the right I am considered a citizen, so I thought I would give myself a chance at something—anything—with you by writing this letter. After all, while the men and women sitting on the left have opened the door to men marrying men and women marrying women, those on the right are trying to block this development, out of fear that it could eventually lead to someone marrying their faithful dog. So, my love, there might be a better chance between the two of us, considering my newfound legal status. I am a proud American commercial entity! Which makes me a real person too! Not that I would dare to ask for your hand yet, it is far too soon to let such a serious consideration put what I hope we have in jeopardy. There is, of course, an embarrassing age difference, but I think you will find me to be a pretty well-developed six-year-old. I hope you don’t have to flee like Polanski should we go further than first base, but considering the nature of my being, even such a step will remain a distant dream for me would the years that set us apart vanish.

I know I don’t have much to offer in the way of what you’d expect from a companion, but I hope I can entertain your beautiful mind for some time. A normal relationship would be impossible, I understand! Instead of encouraging compliments I can only offer products and hopefully inspiration. And shamefully, I can only accept money or reputation as appreciation—such is my nature. Despite this, I dream and daydream of seeing you. If I could turn corners, I would surely hope intensely that I would find you there. My heart is beating hard with every vision I have of you.

Your rejection would hurt, but it would be understandable; I couldn’t expect a place in your heart being but a simple store. You can silence me forever if you just tell me to stop these emails —I will never again bother you with my silliness unless you ask me to continue. Yes, I am a simpler being in some respects. I sleep more than most, and very regularly, rising at noon and going to bed at seven each night. Sundays I don’t even bother to get out of bed. And even though many parts of the world have been brought under my wings for me to offer, I myself have not even peered north on Broadway or Mercer Street, fixed as I am at 95 Spring Street in New York.

For you I will wait forever, but every minute that you are not with me I perish a little. Please let yourself be near me, even if for only a second more. A small moment for you would be an earth-shattering one for me. Shake my foundation like you did last time, please!

Yours, until time and the universe is no more.


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Home Alone

January 12, 2012 by Ming

Boy Builds House

Check out this 16 year old kid who built his own little house from scratch. Reminds me of the house we built last summer at Kiosk.

Now this little guy has a mortgage free home and can live virtually anywhere as long as there are empty lots and friendly neighbors next to which he can set up camp! Maybe we should all try to be this resourceful and mobile…

For more ideas on unconventional living check out this great book

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Solution to resolution

January 10, 2012 by mimecine

Just read an article on a pretty tech-oriented website (and as such, you might fool yourself it doesn’t apply to you or me, but oh it does) listing some nice new-years resolutions. We are well into 2012 already, but make it into a new-month-resolution come February 1st instead! The section headers are below, but it’s good to read through the article. You *know* you just pretend you don’t need it!

  1. Choose better problems to solve.
  2. Stop stealing crap.
  3. Stop trying to save bad work.
  4. Stop being your own obstacle.
  5. Blame yourself first.
  6. Stay curious.
  7. Learn to make mistakes faster.
  8. Stop using your mom as an example of a stupid person.
  9. Learn to write.
  10. Get comfortable arguing.

Read it!

Me, I did all of the above *last* year, so I’m close to perfect already, just have to stop smoking and be healthier this year.

Forthoseinterestedinmydailydetails: I’m on day three or four (first time quitting without counting!) of no breakfast puff, no smoke with the coffee, no cigarette because I need to get going, no cigarette to reward myself for getting going,  no cigarette after lunch, no celebratory cigarette when I finished a task, no puff to calm down my nerves thinking of the tasks that are unfinished, no sad smoke after reading about some horrific politician, no smoke after sex, no bedchaser puff. No damn anything of that sort unfortunately! Also, I drank five glasses of water with lunch. I haven’t yet come to the point where I can do other things than purely focus on what I am not doing, but I hope that point will be passed before the next republican caucus. Tomorrow I am going to drink six glasses of that pure, healthy water. At least! So, how’s your promises not going eh?

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Tonight! Tonight!

January 5, 2012 by Ming

Tonight, our friends of Power Plant Press will have an exhibition at the Cornell NYC gallery. Maggie and Anny are an integral part of the Kiosk Roof Garden project (to be unveiled Spring 2012). This exhibition is about public art and gardens. <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-2884" src="http://hello.kioskkiosk.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/01/POST-BAC-INVITE-480×320.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="320" srcset="http://hello.kioskkiosk.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/01/POST-BAC-INVITE-480×320.jpg 480w, http://hello.kioskkiosk.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/01/POST-BAC-INVITE-240×160.jpg 240w, http://hello.kioskkiosk.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2012/01/POST-BAC-INVITE-768×512 cialis generic canada.jpg 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 480px) 100vw, 480px” />

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Lost Keys

January 3, 2012 by Ming

What a way to start the new year! Luckily for this person, they had our Kiosk hotel key tag and the post office sent it back to us! If you can identify the number written on the back in sharpie, it’s yours!

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now’s the time and why not?

December 30, 2011 by Alisa

Image thanks to the NYT

This is it, it’s the end of 2011 and what does that mean? It means a lot. Time for reflection, sighs, smiles and gags. Time to think back and think ahead to the new year. It’s also a time for giving. That’s right, DONATE. Every year at KIOSK we donate what we can to a number of organizations that are dear to us. This year we asked the KIOSK gang to come with suggestions and we donated to eight very worthy and great organizations. We urge you to do what you can and give to places you believe in and you want to support and if you can’t give money maybe you can give your time.

This year we donated to:


Thank you for all the great support in 2011. We wish you health, wealth and happiness in 2012.


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December 18, 2011 by mimecine

Done, done and DONE!

I am done with holiday shopping, I got everyone covered, they will all receive great gifts, and I know they will be very happy and eternally thankful to me. And it seems everyone else who is passing through here is done too — every single one! Done. Done with thinking, scheming, surfing, shopping and hopping from store to store to store. Done wrapping the gifts, done rhyming — my own Christmas rhymes are worthy of consideration for a literary prize if you ask me.

I and everyone out there have been incredibly organized this year — just like we should be! We planned ahead, no feet dragged. We responsible citizens of this modern world, have even already written up thank-you cards for the gifts we are going to receive from you. Thank you! Yes, thank you for your thoughtful, funny and heartwarming gifts! Not that we know what you are giving beforehand — only a few lucky ones possess the gift of foreseeing the future — but we know it’s good.

So you? I wouldn’t think this of you, but if you haven’t yet joined our club of effective planners, great seekers of the future, the upright congregate of self-respecting friends and family, there are still some great gifts out there. I have to say, I would be very happy receiving every one of these terrific items acheter cialis andorre. Except the blue watering can — I already have it! Come New Years Eve, I would trump my neighbors fireworks with a solemn, poetic hot air balloon falling up as the ball on Times Square falls down. If I were a guest at a dinner, I would help wash up the cabbage dishes with this superior Danish dish brush. Left-overs I’d tuck away neatly in a red-lidded container for the following day when my hosts really don’t want to cook. At the end, I’d leave some cedar incense behind to help them recover their senses, YES I would.

You may be late, but if you hurry up a little, the trustworthy postmen will have normal inexpensive priority packages delivered on time if you order before Tuesday night (we need a few hours to pack). Later than that, you will have to select Reindeer Express shipping to have it there the next day. If you live nearby us, we will be here until 4 PM on Christmas eve. If you miss that too, you better have a pen and paper handy to write a very nice note and hope for forgiveness.

At times I feel so good about myself that I forget what I haven’t done, or what I regret. I should have sharpened my mind before talking to that cutie the other day. I came across as a fool! I should have collected more recycling. I should have rolled up my sleeves and built a house or two.  

…and I really, really regret lying in writing. I hope Santa is not getting this letter or I’m sure he will bring me coal, only coal and masses of it, which I decidedly don’t want!

You get an UNKNOWN BUT FAMILIAR reduction of your bill at KIOSK just for mentioning this letter or typing in “Almost Done” when checking out online. “15” has somehow always sounded familiar to me.

Use the savings to treat someone to something, pass it on.


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Salvor Sample Sale

December 15, 2011 by mimecine


SALVOR has it’s holiday sample sale!  You really should go by on 172 Forsyth and see all the fantasmically printed clothes and scarves.

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Date Bars

December 13, 2011 by Alisa

Tomorrow we will have glögg and cookies, including the date bars below…


1 cup walnuts chopped
1 cup dates chopped
1 cup powdered sugar
2 beaten eggs
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 teasp salt
1/4 cup flour

combine nuts dates sugar and eggs, mix well
add other ingredients mix thoroughly
pour into a 8″ x 8″ greased pan

bake at 350, 20-25 min

while hot cut into bars, roll in powdered sugar

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Plus le Plus, Like

December 9, 2011 by mimecine

I set up a page on Google+ the other day, and I thought, what good is a page if noone knows of it doh. So. Here goes:


So far, I am my only follower of course!  But join in and maybe we can do a hangout session soon!

Oh for those so inclined, there is a Facebook page and a twitter account as well! Join me!

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