"Like the detective, GUM Plak-Check seeks plaque and then highlights the nasty oral offender," explained Rick Gross, senior marketing manager for Sunstar Butler. "I think the new name and character personifies our new GUM Plak-Check brand. And besides, it's fun." —Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
The singer/author, Kevin Shima, graduated from Indiana University in 1997, the year I 'triculated. A couple years after he solo-recorded this song, Shima co-founded and became lead singer and guitarist in a popular local band called Homunculus.
Kevin Shima on tour with Homunculus, 2003
Until tonight, I hadn't heard (or even thought about) "Flowers Sex and Gold" in six or seven years. Then, about an hour ago, the song came forcefully to mind. (Why? I'm just sitting here....)
These are my favorite lyrics:
...her brows connected like a caterpillar
crawling down her face.
PS: "Upon moving to Athens [Ohio] in the fall of 2004, Shima decided to begin the next phase of his career in the form of Fokushima. Meaning "happy island" in Japanese, Fokushima is the Americanized spelling of Shima's unabbreviated last name before it was shortened when his ancestors moved to the United States from Japan." —Fokushima.com
A couple years ago, The Believer published a series of four postcards by me. The postcards, which are sometimes used by Believer and McSweeney's staff for official business, were made available for purchase yesterday. If you like postcards, you might like this deal: