April 24, 2023

Another reason to scream 😯


If you don't feel like screaming at least once a day, tell me your secrets! I feel like screaming many times a day, and as a result have strong opinions about optimal scream venues — which you are about to read right now, so strap in!
• Airplanes
Being cramped with a zillion greasy strangers (some of whom may or may not be wearing too much White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor) for several hours in a metal tube will make anyone want to scream, but it goes over best if you are an infant. 2/10
• Shower
Will do in a pinch, pairs well with turning up music. The mix of something doleful like The Cure and the running water should drown things out nicely. Especially practical if the screaming is going to be followed by crying, which let's be honest, it often is. 7/10
• The Car
I like the car for screaming: it's very private, you can really crank up the car stereo, and the noise of traffic will cover up your shrieks into the void. I would say the only downside to car screaming is traffic lights. You don't want a fellow motorist catching a glimpse of you doing your best banshee impression and getting concerned. "Nothing to see here, sir, just some existential angst on the morning commute!" 8/10
• The Middle of Nowhere
I know getting to the middle of nowhere is easier for some than others. If you happen to have access to empty outdoor places, this is the Cadillac of screaming venues. You get the privacy that's most befitting for an unabashed despair sesh and the added momentary fantasy that no one else exists any more since there's not a soul in sight. 10/10
woman screaming

My inner monologue while I am going through my inbox in the morning.

GIF via Crave


Want a few April 24th famous birthdays and historical facts to kick the week off? Here ya go:
• Born on this day: singer Barbra Streisand (1942), singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson (1982), fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier (1952),  and actress Shirley MacLaine (1934)
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent TV signal by satellite for first time from California to Massachusetts on this day in 1962 
 Streaming music services overtook worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time on this day in 2018
Alright! Scroll on down to learn a bit about fellow Boredwalk fan (and name twin) Meredith C.! If you're feeling even moderately outgoing and would like to be featured in an upcoming Monday email (and are a customer with some Boredwalk tees, tanks, hoodies, towels, bags, or books to show off), just reply to this and let us know and we'll send you some fun questions!
We'll be back here in your inbox on Wednesday with some more random holidays to observe, historical tidbits to acknowledge, and fun links to entertaining content! Until next time...
Peace, love, and screaming,
Meredith looking not remotely demonic in her Hell-Bent Feminist She-Devil scoop-neck tee!

1. What's your actual day job and what's your dream day job?

I'm a freelance copywriter, marketer, and brand strategist dreaming of spinning tales and mincing words as a novelist.
2. What's your biggest pet peeve?

Slow walkers (I'm a New Yorker). At least pull over and let others pass. 🙄
Also, the guy from the next building over who's been coughing so improbably loud for weeks. I'd be concerned if he wasn't clearly still breathing.
(Editor's note: Slow walkers are annoying AF everywhere, not just in NYC!)
3. What's a life pro tip the Boredwalk community needs to know?

When cutting up a whole pineapple, don't twist off the top. Slice it off and use it as a centerpiece for all your sweet, pineapple-y goodness!
4. What's a book you think the Boredwalk community should read?

I Could Pee on This. And other poems by cats by Francesco Marciuliano. If that's already been said, then anything by Fran Lebowitz.
5. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

Heal the hate and close-mindedness out of people with my hands. Because if enough people heal what truly ails them, maybe we'll all finally have some peace.
6. If you could make a mundane wish (meaning, a wish for something seemingly inconsequential that you still believe would benefit you immensely), what would it be for?

An actual figurative green thumb. I'm trying my best. 🌵😬
(We just planted a container garden last weekend and our mint plant already has some yellowing leaves. I googled earlier today what the cause is, and was told it's related to overwatering. Or underwatering. Fine, mint plant! Keep your secrets! I'm not the one that's going to end up in the compost bin!) 
7. What experience do you most want to cross off your bucket list?

To have a second home base in another country (owned/rented, whatever). Top contenders currently are Southern France and Costa Rica.
8. What is something you wish you could go back in time and say to your younger self?

Take more deep breaths.
9. Clear up a misconception (about your job, where you are from, some other topic you know a lot about).

Women can choose to be childfree and (gasp!) also feel happy and fulfilled. In other news, it's none of your business.
10. Where can the rest of the Boredwalk community find you?

Find me on IG @meredithclinton. Need branding? Maybe a sonic logo? Hit me up. I also co-founded a music and sound studio w/ my partner, CB Sonics. Follow @cb_sonics on IG or visit cbsonics.com and reach out. :)