Day Seven   /   lettering by Janine Rewell

Jessica Walsh

Did you see Timothy today?

What did y’all do together?
Tim met me at the Art Directors Club gallery in Chelsea for the SVA student show. A few of my students had work displayed in the exhibition, so I wanted to be there to show my support.

Did anything interesting happen?
My fellow teacher Kevin O’Callahan asked his 3D design students to redesign gumball machines based on a theme of their choice. When I put a quarter in, I received a capsule with something unique inside relating to their theme. The machine I was most excited about was themed “Curiosity”. Inside the capsules were anonymous secrets from SVA students. I entered quarters and received two capsules for Tim and myself. It was almost too good. We had to laugh at the irony!

Here was the secret I received:

Here was the secret Tim received:

Did you learn anything new about Timothy?
Later in the evening Tim sent me a bunch of text messages asking me if I had met any hot guys after he left the party. I was kind of confused by them, was he jealous?! I had an ex-boyfriend who was extremely jealous and it drove me nuts. Why date someone if you don’t trust them?

Did you learn anything new about yourself?
My secret message made me think. This past year of dating has been tiring. The guy I was crazy for lost interest in me, and I wasn’t as interested in the ones crazy for me. Why does it always seem to go that way? I researched it tonight, and there is quite a bit of science behind why we are so attracted to what we feel like we can’t have. It’s called “The Scarcity Principle“. I guess this is how Tim goes out with all those girls!


According to this principle, if I want to attract guys, I should make myself scarce, play hard to get, and pretend I am not interested. This seems tiring! I’m hoping that if the right guy comes along, this won’t be necessary.

How do you feel about this relationship/project right now?
Tim and I exchanged a few emails this morning after our disagreement. I am feeling better about it all!


Is there anything that you want to do differently?
Today made me think about the topic of secrets. I had kept a few very personal things to myself throughout my life, but getting them out lately via therapy has been a huge weight off my shoulders. I want to be more open. Keep no secrets.

Additional comments?
I don’t care how bad it is for you, MSG delivered straight to my door makes me happy. Nom nom nom.

Day Seven   /   lettering by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Timothy Goodman

Did you see Jessica today?

What did y’all do together?
I met her at the Art Director’s Club SVA student show. Yes, it’s the second day in a row I’ve been there — but we both teach at SVA, and I like to support our chairman Richard Wilde.

Did anything interesting happen?
We walked around the gallery and admired all the fun 3D projects. One of them asked students to transform or re-imagine gum ball machines in a unexpected and memorable way. My favorite concept was a machine that said, “Are You Curious?” For every quarter we put in, we got back a random handwritten secret in a capsule.


Well, Jessie put a quarter in and got back a note that said something like, “I worry that I will never find love.” We had a nice laugh about it, but I could see that it bothered her, that a part of her really feels this way. When I put a quarter in, I got back a note that said, “I take pictures of all my panties.” Ha!


Did you learn anything new about Jessica?
Later that night, I tried to flirt with Jessie a bit via text message. I enjoy bantering and being playful, but Jessie either takes me a bit too literally, or she just doesn’t like to play back.


Did you learn anything new about yourself?
When I was younger, I’d get really hung up on little arguments like we had last night. I’d dwell on them. I’m no longer like this, thank goodness.

How do you feel about this relationship/project right now?
Much better than I did yesterday! We talked during the day, and we said our “sorries.” Although we did get into this discussion over email this morning.


Is there anything that you want to do differently?
I couldn’t wait to get out of the Art Director’s Club. I just need my own space after the last couple days. But I want to confront this energy because we still have a long way to go.

Additional comments?
The word “panties” has to rank among the top 10 best or worst words depending on who you are. I even did some research on the word. I’m not going to share said research, though. Some things are better left unaddressed. (Sorry, had to!)