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Eric: Seriously. How does one manage to miss the hole that many times?

So, I'm typing this at FedExKinko's -- a place that once upon a time I worked at, before FedEx made the whole "we're going to go public someday" line they fed us in the 90's bunk. It's still essentially Kinko's, though instead of either blue prison shirts or (my store's policy) good work shirts and ties (ignoring for the moment that we worked with equipment that makes a tie a life-threatening proposition) they get to wear kind of nice rugby shirts now. So that's a step forward.

I'm here to get my printout of Truth & Justice bound. I've also ordered a Print On Demand copy, because... well, because I wanted to. I do crap like that. But having printed it two-up to a page, I figured doing a spiral bind was a good idea.

So here I am, in a day when we had an office outing, including mini-golf. I had never played before. I was doing quite well despite that, until we got to the paddlewheel hole and I came in with an 11. Par 2. I shoot an 11.

Things decline from there. I finish dead last of our office, at a "can you even see" score of 31 over par. Bearing in mind the best player was 7 over par, and the average was about 15... yeah, I suck hard. But it was a heap of fun, and beat actually working by a long shot.

And I'm here. At FedEx Kinko's. Which once was "the new way to Office," and I get my now wire-bound book. And I thumb through it, and hit the advertisements at the end of the book. I see the other Atomic Sock Monkey works. And I see some banners for Something Positive, Warehouse 23 and Rhymes with Witch (which is Milholland's non-S*P merchandise site). And then I notice an ad for Greg Holkan's own webcomic, [nemesis]....

And I blink three times, because there's an ad for Gossamer Commons sitting there.

It had honestly never occurred to me that, since Greg is as much a part of Gossamer Commons as I am, of course he'd advertise it as part of his free ad space in the back.

It's... oddly tangible. Oddly real, to see the ad sitting there, with Keith and Sonata. It's one thing to see this stuff on the web. And I supposed if I'd noticed the ads in the back of the PDF, that'd be another. But to see it in print in front of me....

It feels significant, somehow. Like the bomb could drop tomorrow but there would still be tangible evidence that once there was a webcomic that features fairies and slackers and Jazz music. And I had no idea it was in there.

(And, accordingly, it had no impact on my opinions. I love this game. I've been working on some short stories that have super hero type characters in them, and this is the most flexible system I've ever seen for just... I dunno, designing those characters effectively.)

And I feel good today, physically. All in all, after a long day or four, full of stress and headaches and annoyances... today feels like we rounded a corner. Today feels downright good.

And I feel like I was due.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 16, 2005 5:31 PM


Comment from: Wednesday posted at August 16, 2005 7:19 PM

That's because you were due.

Comment from: Polychrome posted at August 16, 2005 7:26 PM

Having also worn a tie at a job where doing so was hazardous (projectionist), that's why tieclips were created.

For 99.999% of the population they are useless ornamentation or lousy Father's day gifts. For the other .001% they are lifesavers.

Comment from: larksilver posted at August 16, 2005 7:29 PM

Damn right you were due.

Comment from: Dave Van Domelen posted at August 16, 2005 7:37 PM

My best ever round of miniature golf (and keep in mind, I don't think I've played more than ten rounds in my life) included three holes in one. One of them was just insane luck, though. I'm pretty good at putting and working out angles of incidence and reflection and stuff. :)

Comment from: inkbrush posted at August 16, 2005 9:07 PM

I wasn't sure whether or not to include the GossComm ad when I was laying the page out. I didn't know if it would be some sort of violation. (I'm weird. I worry a lot about social crap, mainly because I'm bad at it.) As is often the case with me in situations like this, I decided I was tired of thinking about it, said to hell with it, and in went the GossComm ad.

I'm glad you approve, Eric.

Greg H

Comment from: Kate Sith posted at August 17, 2005 12:46 AM

Aw, man. We dont have any windmills at our mini-golf place. Though I suppose that's for the best.

My team always loses, cos I don't pick well. Also because the other team is Team Nazi, while we are Team Jew (despite not actually having anyone of Jewish heritage on said team). The first game, we tried to psych them out by pointing menacingly at a member of the opposing team who kinda looks like Jesus and then forming a giant cross with our putters. They still managed to get more holes-in-one because of superior German genetics. Damn them.

Glad to see that things are turning up, tho. ^^

Comment from: JDanRyan posted at August 17, 2005 7:57 AM

Congrats on the recognition, Eric. The feeling that comes from seeing ads for your work in print is always something to cherish, and that this was a surprise must have made it especially sweet.

Hell, any good feeling is worth it, no matter how you got there...

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