Hi! I'm Elyse Ash, a Minneapolis-based advertising copywriter. I love all things design, pop culture and creative. Think in Bright Colors is a compilation of my favorite ad/design/interactive work, inspirations and beyond. To check out my advertising portfolio, visit www.elyseash.com.
Natasha: I keep wanting to comment on your blog
Natasha: But that is not an option
Elyse: Yeah that is like Tumblr's one downfall
Natasha: I keep wanting to write one, and then realize i have nothing to write about
Natasha: And if I just wrote about boring day to day stuff it may was well be Live Journal
Elyse: Me neither
Elyse: All my crap is boring
Natasha: Your crap isn't boring!
Elyse: lol yeah it is
Elyse: It's like "This weekend I drank tea. Next weekend I'm taking a walk."
Natasha: Who doesn't like tea and walking?
Natasha: Fucking communists...that's who.
Evin: Your pictures of Italy are all ugly and I'm not jealous at all of your trip.
This year, Brad and I have developed a very close friendship with a couple that I would not have pictured us being so close with. Friendly? Of course. Friends? Sure. But get-together-once-a-week BFFs? Not so much.
So, why did I never envision Stu + Hayley and Brad + Elyse being the poster children for perfect double dating?
We are on completely different planets when it comes to politics—which might not matter most places, but in DC it matters. Oh boy, does it matter.
First of all, when I say “we” I am mostly referring to Stu and myself. Stu is a pro-life, pro-gun libertarian with Anne Coulter creepily peering at me from his bookshelves. Essentially, Stu agrees with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but not when it comes to immigrants in Arizona. As for me, I’m a pro-gay rights, pro-women’s rights, pro-everything-except-the-right rights, so yeah…it makes for some pretty intense tongue-holding when it comes to socializing.
But we have a mutual understanding. We never talk politics. Never. Not on Twitter. Not on Gchat. Not in real life.
Anyway, the point of all of this back-story is that one little television show with a giant cultural impact stranded us all on our own little island of obsession.
Yes, I’m talking about LOST.
Every Tuesday for the last several months, the four of us gather around the television. We pop open a (few) bottle(s) of wine, do some home cooking (on the non-lazy nights) and talk about our weeks—our job frustrations, our big life decisions, our mutual friend gossip until 8:58. Then we shut the hell up (as best as we possibly can) and LOST comes on.
I can safely say that this ritual is the highlight of all four of our weeks—because more than loving the show itself, we love watching it together. We bond through the joint confusion (“Wait, didn’t that guy die? Is this in the future?”)
For us, watching LOST is a team effort. After all, no single brain could possibly soak up all the easter eggs, plot twists and inter-personal relationships of such an epic, long-winded, non-linear show like LOST. We depend on one another to fill in the gaps. To predict future plot twists. To spot the inconsistencies, ironies, themes, and moments of deep, ominous foreshadowing.
It’s funny to me how we disagree on such huge issues, but that we can come together every week to agree on how obnoxious Jack is, how creepy Mocke is and how J.J. Abrams better have a damn good explanation for all this in 2 weeks.
The irony? LOST in itself can be incredibly polarizing, having nothing to do with political platforms. It sharply divides people into camps—the LOST-lovers and the Others (the ones who don’t get it, don’t care and don’t want to hear one more damn thing about polar bears on a damn island in the damn South Pacific).
It’s nice to know that Stu and I are finally on the same side on an issue. We are both deeply, deeply pro-LOST.
Maybe some of the bigwig politicians should start doing LOST nights or something. Might help ease some of the tension.
Just a suggestion.
Jackie: Yeah, I would feel better just giving my clothes away and having it be over. Then people who really need them can get them--but selling them you can make like an extra $100.
Jackie: Which is like 1/3 of an iPad.
Elyse: I love how money now just translates into how many iPads you can buy.
Elyse: "these shoes cost 2 iPads"
Jackie: Its true.
Elyse: We're pathetic.
I am pleased to announce that one of my most hilarious, sassiest, inappropriate friends (Roberta) has started a blog!
This is GREAT news. I don’t get to see her too much and will be seeing even less of her once Brad and I make the big M in 2 weeks—but she always has the most hilarious, over-the-top anecdotes and I so miss hearing them every day. When we were coworkers and shared an office I heard every rant, every complaint, every eye roll, every train of thought rolling through the station of her brain, every ingredient of her lunch…God, it was great and hilarious.
And now I will have the pleasure of reading Roberta’s rants at my leisure, and THAT is excellent news :)
Beautiful spring photo by my dear childhood friend Amanda Williams-Colton. She is a brilliant photographer and I absolutely love how she sees the world. She’s also totally available for photo shoots or weddings or what-nots in the DC Metro Area. :)
Chip: Do art directors/whatever you are always work as a team?
Elyse: Pretty much.
Elyse: I'm a copywriter by the way. Thanks for taking an interest in my life...
Chip: Why would I do that? You're only a flitting, temporary part of mine.
Elyse: Fuck you.
Chip: Love you, too.
Ainara: Why is everybody moving?
Ainara: I need to move too!
Ainara: I've been in Madrid for almost a WHOLE YEAR now.
Ainara: That's so loooooong.
Ainara: I already feel like moving again.
Elyse: God, we are all so ADD.
In honor of Earth Day, my great, awesome, lovely, Spanish art director friend Ainara made this illustration. I love it. And I love her.
Jackie: Speaking of crazy, what's wrong with people?
Jackie: And by people, I mean Republicans.
Elyse: Best segue ever.
A lil summer/springtime video of me, Ashley & Tina! The company I work for, HZDG, made this website! Totally awesome, right? Make your own here.
Jackie: Like you said, the grass is always greener.
Elyse: Can we come up with a new expression for that?
Elyse: I hate that always greener shit, like, are we cows?
Elyse: Who cares about the fucking grass?
Jackie: I know.
Elyse: How about "the Lamborghini's are always shinier"
Elyse: That's more applicable to our lives, I think.
Jackie: LOL. Definitely way more appropriate.
Elyse: That's why it's better to get married later, I think. Your friends have more money. Hence, better gifts.
Brynne: Theoretically, at least.
Elyse: So it's not like, "HEY! HAPPY WEDDING! HERE'S A KING SIZE KIT KAT BAR!" Which is kind of were I am financially in my life right now...
Brynne: I like Kit Kat bars!
Elyse: Scoreeeeeee! I know what to get you.
Elyse: Don't put it on your registry.
Elyse: I don't want you getting two of them.