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Estudante australiano marca café com cada um de seus 1.088 amigos do Facebook

A gente vai juntando amigos, conhecidos, parentes e colegas de trabalho no Facebook, chegando a centenas (ou milhares) de “amigos” na rede social.

Mas, você mantem contato com todos eles? Na correria do dia a dia, sabemos que nem sempre temos tempo (ou dinheiro) para ver todas as pessoas que gostamos de alguma forma.

Matt Kulesza, de 28 anos, resolveu dar um jeito nisso e se aproximar dos amigos que tem em seu perfil. O estudante australiano, de Melbourne, resolveu marcar um café com cada uma das 1.088 pessoas que formam seu Facebook.

A experiência está sendo retratada no blog 1000+ Coffees, onde Matt publica fotos e relata como foi cada um dos encontros.

Coffee #26: Verity Peterson (friends on Facebook since October 2007, 9 mutual friends)This morning I had coffee with someone I’ve wanted to catch up with for years. Verity Peterson and I went to primary school together and I hadn’t seen her since a brief primary school reunion in 2001. I remember Verity Peterson as being a pretty alternative kid in primary school. Her parents looked like 90’s grunge rock stars living in Melbourne suburbia and we always got along well. When we saw each other last in 2001 we had both done work experience at the same video production company a few weeks apart from each other, purely by chance. I remember getting along really well with her and admiring her confidence and no-bullshit attitude.Since I last saw Verity, she’s had an arguably, pretty huge life change and converted to Islam. Despite probably being sick of telling her story to curious people, I was super grateful that Verity was happy to speak with me about her experiences converting to Islam after high school. We talked at length about Verity’s relationship with feminism and how it fits into her religious beliefs, her feelings towards wearing a head scarf and despite some social misconceptions, the numerous ways wearing one makes her feel empowered. She made some excellent points about ‘banning the burka’ (which has recently been in the Australian media) being not merely oppression against Muslims but women in general and their freedom to wear whatever they want.After finishing her degree in film and television production, Verity was a regular panelist on ‘Salam Cafe,’ a TV show initially on Channel 31, and then on SBS, hosted by Muslims, focusing on topics representing Muslims in Australia and stories relating to the Islamic way of life. The show was primarily aimed at the non-Muslim community with the intention of bridging the gap between the Muslim community and non-Muslim community by presenting a light-hearted, humorous side of Muslims in Australia.
We talked about Verity’s job working as a customer relations manager in tele-communications, which she fascinatingly described as having a love of “dealing with complaints,” a job which regularly takes her to Manila. We also discussed Verity’s love of documentary film-making (something I hope she gets back into again), how she met her now-husband and their relationship as well as religions of the world. I told Verity about how I used to be fervently anti-religion and how after traveling around India and speaking with Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists about their beliefs, became much more open-minded. I’m now studying world religions at university, so it was really interesting for me to speak with Verity about her experiences of growing up in an atheist family and how Islam had changed her life.
Today, Verity and I both bonded over our mutual belief in bridging the gaps between people with different beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. We talked about the importance of remaining open-minded and respectful of everyone you meet and the value of seeking connections with people you otherwise maybe wouldn’t connect with.Verity drank a peppermint tea and I had a strong flat white, which Verity very kindly bought for me. Thanks so much for this morning, Verity!
“This morning I had coffee with someone I’ve wanted to catch up with for years. Verity Peterson and I went to primary school together and I hadn’t seen her since a brief primary school reunion in 2001. 

I remember Verity Peterson as being a pretty alternative kid in primary school. Her parents looked like 90’s grunge rock stars living in Melbourne suburbia and we always got along well. When we saw each other last in 2001 we had both done work experience at the same video production company a few weeks apart from each other, purely by chance. I remember getting along really well with her and admiring her confidence and no-bullshit attitude.

Since I last saw Verity, she’s had an arguably, pretty huge life change and converted to Islam. Despite probably being sick of telling her story to curious people, I was super grateful that Verity was happy to speak with me about her experiences converting to Islam after high school.”

Coffee #24: Mia Oopsididitagain Haberdashery-Jones (friends on Facebook since November 2011, 20 mutual friends)This morning I rode out to East Brunswick to have coffee with one of the funniest, wittiest and often inappropriate (in the best possible way) people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with over the years, ‘Mia Oopsididitagain Haberdashery-Jones.’  Mia and I worked together at an izakaya in Melbourne in 2011, I worked in the saké bar and she worked as a chef in the kitchen. Maria makes me laugh harder than almost anyone I know and I’ve got countless hilarious memories of the two of us having knock-off drinks after work talking about absolutely everything and anything. She’s got a very quick and dark sense of humour, which I love. I remember one particular discussion we had on ‘how to dispose of a dead body without getting caught’ and Mia seriously looking me in the eye and earnestly assuring me “…if you ever get into any trouble, call me, no questions asked… We’ll deal with the issue together.” What a great friend!
These days Mia is working as a sous-chef at a French-inspired pastry restaurant in South Melbourne, a job that she genuinely seems to be loving. She’s one of the few people who post food pictures online that actually make me think ‘woah’ and is an amazingly talented chef. Since I last saw Mia she’s seriously started looking after her health in a big way, getting into “Cross Fit,” basically a fitness regime based on intense short-spurt exercise. While she’s not super strict on it, she’s also taken up a paleo-diet; for the uninitiated, a diet which aims to reduce intake of foods that weren’t available during the Paleolithic era, pretty much a caveman diet. Mia says adopting the paleo-diet has had a huge impact on her health and energy levels in general and it was great to hear that she’s feeling fit and healthy, a huge stretch from our relatively hard boozing days a few years ago.We also talked about what kind of politician Mia would be if she went into politics (something I tried egging her into doing), her recent trip to the UK and mine in North Korea, hospo life and reminisced our old days working together and the people we used to work with. Mia drank a long black and double espresso and I had a double espresso and flat white - both of which Mia very generously bought for me. Thanks so much for the catch-up and coffee, Mia!

Coffee #23: Courtney Carthy (friends on Facebook since April 2008, 34 mutual friends)
This morning, I had coffee with the very charismatic Courtney Carthy, one of the true eccentrics and a genuinely good-hearted man I have the pleasure of knowing.
Courtney and I met in 2008 through a mutual friend under fairly bizarre circumstances. Courtney had an idea to row down the Yarra River on inflatable boats purchased from K-Mart. Starting the journey from the Abbotsford Convent, the plan was to row / float all the way down to Crown Casino where the group would ritualistically slash the inflatable boats upon docking at our final destination. Going through a particularly hectic “say-yes-to-everything” period of my life, his plan was right up my alley, and through our mutual friend, I soon found myself on the banks of the Yarra with nine others listening to Courtney give a rousing speech welcoming us to his “Inflatable Regatta.”     
What we didn’t realise at the time was that the Yarra River bends and doubles back on itself. We ended up getting really drunk, wet, muddy and cold. The majority of the group soon remembered about the comforts of dry land and dropped off, but Courtney, our friend Andrew and I continued on into the night, convinced we were going to reach Crown Casino, whether it took us all night or not. Long story short, Courtney’s parents ended up getting really worried around midnight and drove down the Yarra River looking for us with torches. After a long (and hilarious) negotiation wherein Courtney proudly announced that he “wasn’t ready to meet with the land, but would hear their terms before considering defeat,” we came to a mutual compromise of ending our mission in exchange for the promise of their buying us McDonalds.After that, I regrettably pretty much never saw Courtney again! Shortly after, Courtney moved to Ballarat for work. He’s now living back in Melbourne where he’s the producer of 774 ABC’s Drive radio show and additionally completing his Masters part time in Multimedia Design.Today we talked about Courtney’s travels and interest in China (he very kindly sent me an email with his Beijing recommendations when I traveled there recently) and his exciting news of a new online magazine he’s been working on which will be launched soon, specialising in opinion pieces and articles written primarily by comedians. We talked about “use-by dates” on pillows, his time living in Ballarat and Courtney’s exciting plans to do the ‘Mongol Rally,’ a charity event which involves driving to Mongolia over 16,000km across Europe and Asia in a small vehicle. Courtney drank a cold-drip coffee and I revisited my new favourite coffee “the magic.” Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday morning to catch up, Courtney!

Coffee #22: Baly Knox (friends on Facebook since October 2013, 37 mutual friends)Today was the first day of my new job and to start the day I had the pleasure of coffee with one of my closest friends, Baly; one of the most genuine and top dudes I have the pleasure of knowing. He officially falls under the “bro” category and I love his guts.
Despite only knowing Baly for just over a year, he’s become one of my closest friends and I feel like we’re very much on the same page and in-sync as people. Baly met my “core group” of friends while I was living and working in Tokyo; so when I came back to Melbourne we inevitably started hanging out every weekend.This year for my birthday, Baly secretly organised our friends to all chip in and buy me a GoPro camera, something I’d wanted to buy for ages. It was the first time anyone had ever surprised me with something big like that and a very special moment. 
Baly is a very talented graphic designer. He does a lot of music-related work and one of his clients is Meredith Music Festival / Golden Plains. He always knows the line ups before they’re released, but being the honest and cool guy he is, never tells us who’s playing, even though I bug him about it insistently. Respect. Baly also recently very kindly offered to help me spruce up my resume with his graphic design expertise. Look, he’s just a great guy, everyone.
This morning we chatted about Baly’s future plans and goals in life. Tonight Baly is dabbling in VJ work, doing visuals for our mutual friend Adrian’s gig, so we talked about the visuals he’s been working on for the show. He told me about his experiences moving to Melbourne from New Zealand and we shared stories of living in dodgy share houses over the years. We talked about the current trends of graphic design and Baly’s many clever ideas he has for developing apps that I’m pretty sure would be hugely successful. BALY! Get into coding and make it happen!Baly and I both drank a “magic.” I had no idea what it was, but when I asked the waiter what coffee they would recommend for a serious perk-up before their first day at work it was what they recommended. Apparently a “magic” is a Melbourne-specific coffee. It’s a double ristretto (yeah, I dunno either), served with minimal (or equal parts?) milk. Either way, it was awesome and made me feel slightly psycho all day. I additionally drank a flat white and Baly drank a long macchiato.  

Coffee #20: Kate Cake (friends on Facebook since March 2011, 36 mutual friends)This morning I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with yet another ridiculously talented, finger-in-many-pies, inspirational go-getter-type Kate Cake.
Kate and I met through her excellent, self-proclaimed ‘whorecore’ band Toxic Lipstick in 2010. For the uninitiated, think suburban Australian teen, punky-break beats with lots of screaming (but with an edge of cuteness) and songs about ‘ponies, boys, puberty, shafting acid and hosting exclusive popcorn sleepovers’ with such classics including ‘Horse Forever’ and ‘Mr. McGrottom (with a bottom for a head and a head for a bottom).’ Our bands played together at a warehouse party in Brunswick and shortly after we became what Kate referred to today as “internet friends.”Kate is a lecturer at NMIT where she teaches illustration and multimedia design. She’s also an amazing artist (my iPhone case is one of her designs), additionally covering textiles, installations and animation. She’s just released a huge range of her work, printed on pillows, mugs, doonas and bags through Society6. So good. Her whole style, be it design, music and art in general is A+, she’s one of my favourite local artists, and has developed an aesthetic that is very identifiably ‘Kate Geck.’ She also works at Artful Dodgers Studios, a space which focuses on providing youths whose lives may have been affected by difficult circumstances to create all mediums of artistic expression. Cool.
Kate used to live in Osaka, so today we talked about our respective experiences living in Japan, our mutual appreciation of squat toilets and the weird Western style toilet ‘potty’ she had in her Osaka apartment. We also talked about emerging technologies in wearable, augmented-reality fashions Kate’s flirtings with writing musicals and some of her artistic influences.
Kate and I both drank two flat whites each. Thanks so much for taking the time out of your morning to catch up, Kate! See you IRL for karaoke soon. :-)

Coffee #19: Becky Sui Zhen (friends on Facebook since May 2013, 70 mutual friends)
Today I caught up with a relatively new friend but someone I definitely need to spend more time with, the overwhelmingly talented Becky Sui Zhen. Becky and I met last year when I was living in Tokyo. She was traveling with her boyfriend at the time (a mutual friend of my girlfriend’s) and we randomly ran into each other in Koenji, the area I was living in and they were staying in. We ended up having yakitori and lots of beers together and as is the Tokyo way, ended up at a nomihodai karaoke session until the early hours of the morning.
Becky works as a multi-media and online coordinator at the Melbourne Museum and also freelance as a digital producer, recently producing excellent video clips for herself and fellow Melbourne artists. She’s also an exceptional musician, songwriter, producer and DJ, working as Sui Zhen with her recently released EP ‘Female Basic' being one of my favourite Australian releases of the year. 
Becky has recently gone through some big life changes and today we talked about relationships, family, psychoanalysis, music and creating the ultimate balance between work and creativity in life, something that Becky has seemingly recently clocked. 
Today Becky inspired me to get back into music again. Her approach and philosophy to playing music while balancing other creative outlets and life obligations is spot-on and she has an extremely infectious creative energy about her.  
Becky drank two soy flat whites and I drank a strong flat white and regular flat white. Thanks so much for the catch up, Becky, see you at the pool next week!

Coffee #18: Ella Waimarie (friends on Facebook since November 2010, 29 mutual friends)This afternoon I caught up with the lovely and extremely intelligent Ella Waimarie. Ella and I met back in 2010 at a bar she was working at in Fitzroy that I used to occasionally DJ at. She would often give me extra beers in exchange for music requests - it was actually a really good deal, thanks Ella! In 2010 she hitched a ride in a convoy I was traveling with en route to Meredith and we ended up camping together, although throughout the insanity of Meredith happening, unfortunately barely saw each other.
Ella recently returned home from a month traveling in Vietnam with her boyfriend and I was keen to hear about her travels and chat about our similar studies and interest in anthropology. We also spoke about her previous travels throughout Cuba, India and Europe and her hellish experience of being deported from India, resulting in one week of around-the-world transit… Long story! But a good story. But also, poor Ella.  
Last year Ella finished her honours thesis entitled ‘Pushing the Boundaries: Australian Mining and the Narrative Negotiation of Neoliberalism.’ She’s now one year into researching and writing her PhD on ‘social ecological systems theory,’ which basically looks at society and nature as one big ecosystem. Ella is considering relocating to New Zealand to complete her studies and learn more about her Maori family genealogy, with the intention of integrating the experience into her PhD. It was very inspiring speaking to Ella today, she helped kick me out of my current lack of inspiration I’ve felt at uni this semester.
We also had a very interesting anthropological discussion about AFL and its relation to Australian masculinity, the positives of it being a controlled catharsis / release of aggression as well as an experience of human bonding, camaraderie and a crossing of classes. It actually made me strangely appreciate AFL’s relationship with Australian society a lot more… Thanks for opening my mind, Ella! 
Ella drank an iced drip coffee and long macchiato and I drank an iced drip coffee and flat white. Thanks for taking time out of your Saturday to catch up, Ella! x

Coffee #15: Declan Melia (friends on Facebook since June 2009, 25 mutual friends)
This morning I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend Declan Melia, someone I hadn’t seen in years.
Declan and I first met when we were 17 or 18 when our teenage-era bands played together at the Armadale Hotel in Melbourne. Since that period I’ve been through around five fairly unsuccessful bands, but Declan has surpassed pretty much everyone I know and achieved huge successes with the very same band from that time, British India.
One of my earliest memories of Declan is of myself, Alex Gow of Oh Mercy and Declan all sneaking into the Espy as little shithead 17 year olds, watching bands, getting pissed and having very arrogant conversations in which we decided that the three of us combined were surely going to be the biggest things in Australian music. We were all very young, extremely driven and excited to be playing music. I burned out around 2012, but Declan (and Alex) have both proven to achieve great musical successes in their own rights, with Declan being living proof that it’s possible to make a living by playing music.
My relationship with Declan took a more professional turn later in 2008 when our paths crossed again after I jumped sides and began working as a booker and publicist at a record label that looked after British India’s publicity. Since then I’ve always admired his passion, drive and absolute dedication to making music his life.
Today Declan and I caught up on the old days and spoke at great lengths about the seemingly endless rabbit hole of a life addicted to playing and exploring music. Declan recently returned home from recording British India’s fifth album in Berlin and we talked about the balance he’s exploring between writing and producing pop music without using traditional pop music production. Declan is quite amazingly supporting the Rolling Stones on their upcoming Australian tour, and we talked about cyclical life goals, relationships and our individual experiences of our respective late 20s and the concept of approaching 30.
Declan drank two strong cappuccinos and I drank a strong flat white and regular flat white. Thanks for generously shouting my coffee today, Declan! Good luck with the mix. X

Coffee #14: Sally Humble (friends on Facebook since September 2011, 53 mutual friends)
This afternoon I had coffee and “natural, orange” wine with the very talented and hilarious Sally Humble. 
Sally was in the year level above me in high school and also happens to be my sister’s best friend’s sister, so we had been friendly with each other for years. She’s also one of two people from high school I’m still in touch with (her brother being the other person). In 2011 she posted a random Facebook status looking for staff to work at a Japanese restaurant in East Brunswick that she was helping to open and work at as manager. Looking for work at the time and wanting a change of pace from the music industry I decided to give fine dining hospo work a crack. That one decision and Facebook status of Sally’s ended up inspiring a domino effect resulting in my relationship with Sophie and relocation to Tokyo in 2012.
But back to Sally. We became super close friends working together, she taught me everything I know about wine and we’ve had a lot of good times together over the years. We’d only seen each other once or twice since I got back to Melbourne, so today we had a lot to catch up on. Sally is officially considered a “super taster” and is regarded as one of Australia’s best sommeliers. Back in 2011 she won the ‘Pinot Noir Award’ as part of the ‘Best Sommelier in Australia’ competition and as a result, won return flights to France - an award that she hasn’t yet taken. Being between jobs and houses, a chunk of our catch up today was spent trying to convince Sally that it was a perfect time for her to have a “fuck it I’m outta here” moment and go overseas to work. 
We talked a lot about wine and the current trend of natural wines and Sally’s thoughts on them. We drank a glass of natural ‘orange’ wine from the Yarra Valley, which I loved. Sally explained to me how orange wine is made by white grapes fermenting on their skins, which drinks like a white wine, looks orange but can also drink like a red wine thanks to all the tannin within it. 
Whether it’s stories about getting / regretting her first tattoo, giving her pet rabbit that jizzes everywhere to the owners of a Vietnamese restaurant, hanging out in Toorak “meeting rich people” or deciding to represent herself in court over a huge amount of CityLink fines, Sally always has a hilarious story to tell and has an electric energy about her whenever we chat and hang out.As well as a glass of natural orange wine, Sally and I both drank an espresso each which she very generously shouted me. AH! And thank you so much for my ‘Good Cafe Guide’ present! You’re the best. Go to Europe! xoxo

Coffee #13: Simona Castricum aka Simona Kapitolina (friends on Facebook since December 2013, 65 mutual friends)
Today I had a long overdue coffee with the amazing Simona Castricum. We met each other at a club night in Melbourne through a mutual friend but got to know each other and spend a messy weekend together at last year’s Meredith Music Festival where we were camped together.
Aside from randomly seeing each other out and about, today was the first time we’d properly caught up one-on-one and it was excellent to get to know more about Simona and her life outside of her Facebook input. The last 12 months have been particularly tumultuous for her, with just a few major life changes including her recent coming out as transgender, retiring from 20 years of work as an architect and ending of a long term relationship. Despite this major life shake up that I couldn’t even begin to scrape the surface of understanding, Simona was as strong as ever, she has a wit, confidence and ability to express herself better than anyone I know.
After deciding she was over life as an architect, Simona fully immersed herself in her true love of music. She’s an insanely talented and very important singer-songwriter, having recently released techno-pop masterpiece ‘Exotic Ladies of Birobidzhan' out on her own label 'Girls Who Smoke Poke.’ She also DJs, producers other artists and runs gender-diverse club night ‘The Shock of the New' in Melbourne. She describes her music as "delving into (her) subconscious discovery and critique of gender identity and the struggle, and triumph of transition." Important music. Listen up, people.
Simona also regaled me with a mixture of hilarious and horror stories of her recent “fuck this I’m outta here” trip to America, as well as a recent trip to Uluru in Central Australia, an experience that left her quite literally centred, emotionally and physically. We discussed loads of music and she introduced me to ‘Belgium New Beat' an early genre of house music from the 80's. Into it. We also talked about her son Oskar, who she loves more than anything and life as a parent. 
Simona had a double espresso and regular espresso and I had two drip coffees.

Coffee #11: Rfc Tru aka Robert Coleman (friends on Facebook since September 2007, 84 mutual friends)
Last night I strapped myself in for the experience of catching up with the hurricane of a human and old friend that I really need to make more time for, Robbie Coleman.
Robbie is an artist / writer / journalist / editor / entrepreneur / musician / director and all round creative genius who makes you realise how little you’re doing with your life. We first met in 2007 when our mutual friend invited us to play in his slightly psychotic circus carnival musical project 'the Clack Train' and I haven’t seen him since a drunken night at Prudence in 2008. 
Hanging out with Robbie is a little bit like hanging out with the love child of Jim Carrey and Hannibal Lecter, insanely quick witted and a little off kilter. He once interviewed Bret Easton Ellis who described him as "…not your usual journo, there’s something else that’s off about this guy."
Every story Robbie tells you about his life is often followed by a thought of “is this guy serious or taking the piss?!” Whether or not the stories he tells are true or not, it’s amazing either way. From being shot by rubber bullets and putting a hit out on himself while covering the riots in Thailand, writing novels and losing his mind in Berlin, buying businesses, having nude Skype interviews with the editor of the New York Times and losing out on book deals as a result… It’s all insane and mesmerising.
Robbie is an exceptional host and conversationalist. Over the last 12 months he’s been boxing which has resulted in the growth of huge guns and he likes referring to people and objects as “hotdogs.” 
Robbie and I both drank an Espresso Martini.
Thanks for an inspiring and very loose evening, Robbie! xo

Coffee #10: Juliana Park (friends on Facebook since May 2014, no mutual friends)
Today I caught up with the lovely Jules, a new friend that I met at university towards the end of last semester. Jules and I both took a class on World Religions and got chatting one day after she found out I was studying Korean. I was stressing out about an upcoming speaking test and Jules did an amazingly good deed and offered to help me practice my speaking. Outside of her own free time, for no reason, helping a total stranger with their studies. I was sold. Awesome person.
This semester we’re taking another class together and have been meaning to catch up since I returned from traveling in North Korea to touch base and talk about all things Korea. Today we did just that. Additionally, I got to learn more about Jules and her life.
Jules and I both grew up in practically the same suburb (Murrumbeena / Carnegie) and she told me about her time spent living and studying in Seoul and kind of psyched me out over South Korean work ethic and the insane hours the majority of students put into their studies. We talked about the ideas of cultural identity and how she felt living in Seoul after growing up in Australia.
We also discussed her being unsure of her future plans after university, (which I tried to assure her is so fine) and her potential plans to do a semester abroad in Spain (A+ idea).
Jules recently turned 20 and it was interesting for me to reflect on my last eight years of 20’s life and the potential, different paths available to you upon entering the wonderful world of your 20’s.
Jules drank a hot chocolate and I had a flat white.
See ya next week, Jules!

Coffee #9: Daphne Camf (friends on Facebook since September 2007, 257 mutual friends)
Today I had a very long overdue coffee with one of my closest friends Daphne. Despite talking almost every day on Facebook, we hadn’t seen each other in six months.
Daphne and I first met on Myspace through our respective musical projects at the time. I was a massive fan of her first band GAY and she sent me a copy of their demo in the mail. From there we started going to each other’s gigs and performing together in different projects. She joined Rat vs Possum in 2008, we briefly lived together at “the warehouse” in 2009 and have been best friends ever since
We’ve appeared in photo shoots together naked in a bath filled with glitter, naked covered in baby oil and often speak to each other exclusively in baby voices and in a character we call “creepy child.” She’s an amazing musician, performer and make-up artist and we can talk to each other for hours about literally anything.
We both became obsessed with and adopted the term “camf" from our mutual friend Hitomi. "Camf" has evolved into a word that basically means ultimate comfort and relaxation, mentally and physically. Daphne and I would often meet up in the city and aimlessly wander around, partaking in "yes days" together. A "yes day" involves hanging out together and saying "yes" to literally any suggestion the other person has, no matter what.
Today Daphne and I caught up at Melbourne Central, somewhere we’d often end up on a yes day for some reason. We talked about life over the last six months, friendship circles and our respective work situations. Daphne’s been through some shit recently, so it was amazing to see Daphne feeling happy and in a positive and very exciting point in her life. I’ve missed her a lot.
Daphne drank a soy flat white and I had a strong flat white.
Thanks for shouting me coffee, Shummy xoxo

Coffee #7: Clementine Bastow (friends on Facebook 2.0 since November 2013, 46 mutual friends)
Clem and I first met at Ding Dong Lounge in 2006 and had what could be considered a whirl-wind relationship. Within a few weeks of seeing each other I had moved into her place (my first time moving out of home) and over the next 18 months we lived together in two different places both in Carlton North.In hindsight, Clem and I were at very different points in our life when we got together, however she taught me invaluable lessons about myself, life’s ups and downs, feminism, music and relationships in general. Overall, it’s safe to say that I wish I had been a better boyfriend to Clem.
Today was the first time Clem and I had seen each other in six years, so we had a huge amount to catch up on. She packed up and moved to LA a couple of years ago and has since been back in Melbourne tying up loose ends before heading back over to the U.S. with her partner.
Clem is a hugely talented writer and has been writing freelance for numerous online and print media for 15 years now and excitingly has recently completed two feature-length screen plays. She’s also very involved in millinery and “leather work with a focus on Western floral and Sheridan-style tooling and carving” and creates amazing costumes for Comic-Con and cos-play conventions around the world. Since we dated, I was proud to hear that she’s also mastered the art of creating the perfect jam (jelly for U.S. readers), having won multiple blue ribbons at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Today Clem and I caught up on our families, chatted about pop-culture and the time she rapped Die Antwoord’s remix of ‘Orinoco Flow' to a room of gobsmacked LA-types. Oh, she's also a musical encyclopaedia and I still listen to a huge amount of mix CDs she's given me over the years.
Clem drank a Coca Cola and I drank a flat white.
So great to see you, Clem!

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