Had occasion to meet – in person, with handshakes and in the flesh and all – some veteran readers this week, and they all turned out to be as fun and as engaging as we’d imagined them after months and years conversing via the InterWeb.
Most of them actually looked like their Profile Avatars, too, imagine that.
We’re not sure if the Capistrano Effect that Thanksgiving usually has around the 24/680, with expatriates flying in from near and far for reunions with friends or family is in play early this year or not, but it was good seeing The Saint Louis Kid, Green Mamba, Malibu Gal and Phuket Bill. (You guys are free to identify yourselves if you wish, but we don’t out anyone without permission – this being the Internet and all).
We carved out some time for a Pint and a Catch Up with these folks this week and enjoyed every minute of it. One of the side benefits of taking personal time off from the business is having people you know tell you how it should be run. And we listened to everything you had to say, even after you all said: “Don’t take this personally, BUT…”
That But. There’s always the but.
What we really learned was this: you care. We’ve worked on big papers and small papers, been around a little and seen the elephant a time or three – BUT we’ve never seen the level of engagement you folks seem to have for our little operation anywhere else. It was fascinating to hear what you thought about what we do, how you managed to pick up on the itty-bitty, embedded nuggets of subliminal information we tuck into our unworthy offering from time to time.
Because, as we’ve said: We like to make you work a little for your news, to keep you guessing and maybe, just maybe, to have a little fun in the process. And it appears you have big plans for us, too, with all of you urging us on to bigger and better things. Hmm.
Things were a little wild and wooly in our part of the Golden West this week, with people doing some silly things they may not have done with a little forethought – and then doing them again even after we wrote about it and shared the news of their exploits with thousands.
Things you may want to consider re-thinking as we enter a brand new week:
- How you conduct your Craigslist Transactions
- Trying to outrun police while hauling a boat or trailer
- Sending a $1,300 Moneygram to a guy calling himself “Ernie” in Mumbai
- Drinking too much on a barstool without restraining arms or seat belts
- Showing a carload of high school friends what your daddy’s 500 Series Beemer can do
- Lecturing your local news guy about things other people do or say
Another thing we noticed this week, and it is something that has been building up these last month or so (in our opinion) – is that people around these parts are waiting for something, holding back some of that pent-up energy and saving it for something we can only guess is going to roll around the first week of November. It’s just a guess, but this little operation of ours gives us a good opportunity to take the pulse of the neighborhoods (even though we missed that 2016 Election call by a mile) and everyone seems to be holding their breath.
Maybe it’s just our imagination. We shall see.