You know Craigslist. If you don’t, then you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade. Now you get to meet Craigslist Joe. But first… I was first introduced to Craigslist by my friend Pascale in 2003 and I thought it was the silliest idea. A free forum to advertise whatever. I thought it was weak because they only had a handful of cities. And it was free, who would ever use such a thing? and how could such a website exist and scale to be usable by the larger populace? At the time, they had a section for Los Angeles and San Diego but not Orange County.
Turns out that Craigslist wasn’t such a bad idea. They eventually added Orange County and now they have almost every major city and metropolitan area. If the past 17 years of growth aren’t proof of Craigslist’s amazing reach and power, then you now need to watch this documentary: Craigslist Joe.
Craigslist Joe is one of the coolest documentaries I’ve seen lately. You can find it on Netflix. Craigslist Joe is the story of Joseph Garner, a young man that decides to take a strange journey. Joe Garner decides to leave everything he knows behind for 30 day and live off of craigslist completely for those 30 days.
Joe kicks off his journey with a farewell party with his friends and family. To make the experience totally legit, he gets a new cell phone, and leaves all credit cards and access to friends behind. In his backpack, there is a toothbrush, and a few other basic items, his laptop and a portable hotspot.
I won’t spoil the fun of the film, but let’s just say that this guy will do in 30 days what you won’t do in years. From feeding the homeless and needy at a shelter, to learning how to break dance. The freedom of not having a job and putting all other responsibilities on hold lets Joe experience life as it comes. There are no expectations, no judgements, no failures.
Joe Garner on day 1 of his craigslist journey
Sir types a lot. The entire journey hinges on Joe posting and responding to ads.
Joe checking into craigslist to see what’s new.
Joe rides away on his bike, just before finding a ride to Portland
Joe and his new found ride to Portland.
Craigslist rideshare section seems to be a staple in Joe’s journey
Fran is an actress living in NY and met up with Joe.
Joe found a ride to New Orleans.
The rideshare section of Craigslist has all kinds of travelers looking for companionship.
Yes, Joe heads south of the Border for a quick detour.
Joe gets to chat with Craig Newmark from Craigslist about his 30 day experience
Joe hanging out at Craig’s house chatting about the experience.
Surprisingly, he’s able to go from California, all the way to New York and back. Throughout his journey, he finds food, company and shelter all through Craigslist and the generosity of its members. Truly a remarkable story and a really well made documentary. Towards the end, he even gets to meet the founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark. Pretty cool adventure in my book.
I bet that Joe learned more about himself in these 30 days than many of us will learn about ourselves a year. In the closing part of the movie, Joe is asked to describe his experience in 10 words or less. He breaks down into tears as he tries to put into words what he has just experienced and at the end, the only thing he can say about the adventure is that it was inspiring. The most inspiring thing.
I am pretty picky about films, but this movie meets all three of my judging criteria (see #128). And turns out the executive producer is none other than Between Two Ferns funnyman Zach Galifianakis. Unlike most low-budget documentaries on Netflix, Craigslist Joe has a great soundtrack and the audio is clean, sharp and even. Sometimes indie movies and documentaries have a crappy audio track which ruins the whole experience. That’s not the case with this.
I would give this a two thumbs up and recommend you check it out. If you have seen it, what did you think about it?
Donald Trump has succesfully sued former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin for defaming his Miss Universe pageant by claiming the whole contest was rigged. The case went to arbitration and a very fair-minded judge ordered Monnin to pay the totally reasonable sum of $5 million to Donald’s humble org. Just to put this amount into context, the average payout from the September 11th Fund was $1.8 million.
In a statement, Trump said, “We cannot allow a disgruntled contestant to make false and reckless statements which are damaging to the many people who have devoted their hearts and souls to the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant systems….While I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing. She was really nasty, and we had no choice. It is an expensive lesson for her.”
Poor Trump. If anyone knows about defamation, it’s Donald, who dabbles in it almost daily. I’d like to do my own arbitration on some of Trump’s most egregious cases; just imagine me wearing a judicial robe while I dish out some fines.
Rosie O’Donnell vs. Trump:
Trump called O’Donnell “a fat pig” and “slob,” who is “disgusting — both inside and out.”
Gloria Allred vs. Trump:
Trump offered to show her his penis and saying, “I think she’d be very impressed.” (I just threw up in my mouth.)
Barack Obama vs. Trump:
Trump said, “I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim, I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or, he may not have one,” and “I have a birth certificate. People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there is something on that birth certificate — maybe religion, maybe it says he’s a Muslim, I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or, he may not have one.”
The United States v Trump:
Trump tweeted on election night, “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,” and, “Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!” And then:”Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before. Our nation is a once great nation divided! The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.”
Fine: $1 million
“The Blacks” v Trump:
Trump claimed he’s “always had a good relationship with the blacks” (untrue on its face, given that he calls them “the blacks”).
Fine: $1.5 million
But Trump’s crimes aren’t limited to defamation. I order that Trump do community service and undergo counseling for saying the following about his daughter: “She does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” Because that’s just creepy.
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