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The Best "Street Talk" of 1999 

Is the world more open to romance than it was 50 years ago?
Joe Ciszczon
Bicycle Messenger

"No way. These days people feel safe in their stereotypes. They define themselves not as individuals but how they fit into society, if they're gay or Goth or whatever. And that creates a barrier to communication. Like I go to coffeehouses to meet people, but most people there are more drama-oriented, or they just want to be by themselves. That kind of isolation doesn't lend itself to the classic idea of romance."

What is your favorite St. Louis street, and why?
Jonny Bitch
Bass Player, Uncle Albert/Prairie Dogs

"St. Blase Lane in St. Ann. My family lives in a house on that street, and they've never left. My grandpa helped build St. Ann. Rumor has it that I was conceived under the tree in my grandma's frontyard on St. Blase. And when I was 3 years old, I fell out of a moving car on St. Blase. Freaked everyone out. You name it, I've pretty much done it on that street."

Have you ever experienced a "covered wagon" or a "Dutch oven"?
Diana Meade
Picture Framer, The Framery

"Personally, I take precautions to avoid being, you know, the offender, so I use what I call 'date pills' -- Gas-X. And I feel that if I'm going to be considerate to take such precautions, I would expect the same from someone else. You know, it's embarrassing for everybody."

What is the biggest joke played on the American public?
Cherie Pepin
Field Marketing Representative, EMI Music Distributing

"Road construction. I think it's a conspiracy. I think it's the rats-through-the-maze experiment. You know how they put the rats in a contained environment to see how long it takes them to kill each other? That's what road construction is."

Public displays of affection: turn-on or turn-off?
Kristen Stinson
Medical Sales

"It can be scary, because it seems the ones who don't think twice about doing it, the ones you usually see, are the people in spandex, mounting like dogs in heat, slobbering all over each other. If they want to be ho's, they can take it home or to a cheap hotel."

If you had to have some disease or debilitating condition, which would it be?
Graphic Artist, Priority One Screen Printing

"I want glaucoma so I can smoke marijuana cigarettes all day, legally. And they come already rolled -- tell me that isn't a hook-up! God bless the government."

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