Dear You,

Let’s focus on communicating. Because, seriously, I hate it when things get choppy like this. It’s so unclear to me why you’d go radio silent when I’m fighting to figure this all out. It’s Friday night and I’m at Make Westing in Downtown Oakland. It’s loud here and my friends seem to be having a good time talking to strangers. But I’m sitting over here emailing you.

I tried explaining to you last night that it feels like we don’t hear each other sometimes. I mean, yes, we HEAR each other. But the words never sink in on either side. I’ll admit that I need to do better in that regard. You see, all of this is new to me. I reckon it’s new to you, as well. Whatever the case, this shit shouldn’t be this difficult. We we first met each other, all things pointed to things just working; organically. How did we stray so far away from what we used to be?

Anyway, the last time we spoke I told you about that new gin I discovered. Or, at least I think I did. It’s called Automatic and it’s local. You know I’ve been going strong on my gin trip of late. I suspect that even you would like this one. As an added benefit, it’s even made locally here in Oakland. Mentioning this because I discovered it here at Make Westing and that’s what I’m currently drinking.

Oh yeah, I also recently discovered this song called “Location” by an 18-year old from El Paso, Texas. His name is Khalid and he’s a pretty robust high top. His hair has Iman Shumpert potential. I’m 100% positive I wouldn’t be able to achieve such levels of hair nirvana at our age. Nevertheless, I’m really digging his vibe. I heard a few of the other tracks, but this one is catchy.

Speaking of our age, it’s kind of crazy that I’m sitting here writing you this emo ass email here in a bar. However, I’ve resorted to such matters given that you refuse to respond to my texts. Again, we should focus on communicating.

I’m sure you’re out right now with your girls. But if you get this and there’s any ounce of you that wants to see me, just send me your location. I’ll come through.

Hopefully, you’ll have a G&T waiting for me.



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Rex Pham

Originally from the Bay Area, who then moved to Los Angeles, then out to New York City. NYU Stern MBA c/o 2014. Inspired by the grind of NYC to create something that has value. Lover of all things digital, culture, and brand strategy.