I didn’t understand it immediately, but now that I’m ready to sleep, I finally get it. See, tonight I colored several old sketch cards. I finally busted out the markers again after an extremely long hiatus. After I finished, I noticed how much worse I’ve gotten at coloring during that stretch. I did color a few things with watercolor pencils between marker usage, but even that was rare (four-ish times total).
The thing about this realization is that it means I actually used to be fairly good at it! I rarely ever liked how it turned out, and I could get sloppy & botchy at times, but looking back, I could blend & shade quite well. This is such a strange, and strangely exciting, feeling. Through all the shit I’ve been through, and fighting like hell to become something resembling a semi-functional human being (still got a looooooooooong way to go), I’ve never been able to look back and see anything good or worthwhile in the rear-view mirror of my life.
It’s weird, even though I’ve fallen off dramatically, realizing I was decent for awhile… And that whole time, I was hating myself and 90% of my art the entire time I was doing this good work. I still do, and I might always struggle with my total lack of self-confidence. But this made me realize, I got to ease up on myself a little bit. I’m never quite going to be normal or be able to work a regular job for any length of time or whatever, but that isn’t the end of the world. I can always do better at life, but I need to chill the hell out a little bit.
I didn’t get good at coloring sketch cards, or keep at it long enough/frequently enough to, because I was so hard on myself. If anything, hating and feeling like a failure made it harder to do. So yeah, this probably isn’t the first weird little realization I’ve had like this, and who knows if it will stick, but I guess it says a something positive that I even noticed it, and extrapolated something good that I can potentially use going forward, from an actual failing.
Beats kicking myself for failings nobody else will ever even notice or care about, assuming they’re failings that even exist at all.
When you’ve been alone forever
How are you supposed to feel
When you aren’t beautiful
Or special in any way
When you’re just you
And then someone from forever away just blows your mind
Like, every time
That all it takes is just seeing their name
For you to just all lose control
You don’t really know them at all
And they know you even less
They probably don’t even care about you
Who are you anyway
You’re just some random jackass
No potential left to blow
Little hope for the future
That’s all that’s left of you
But what does it mean
When someone just makes you feel completely stupid and insane
And you never want to lose that feeling as long as you live
What is this feeling
The chemical reaction they cause in your messed up little brain
Why is it so exhilarating
Why are you so scared to feel this way
And why are you so afraid to lose that feeling
What does it mean
Why can’t you let it go
Don’t you wish they would just shoot you down already
Wouldn’t that make it easier
Just don’t know
I feel so completely unhinged…
It has been way too long since I posted anything, and I’m not even sure how many tweaks I’ve made to my collection at this point, let alone how many have actually stuck. But I’ve still been updating my lists on occasion and scanning stuff. And despite my own computer being barely functional at this point and not being able to temporarily borrow mom’s spare computer because her laptop is doing strange things, I have every intention of blogging with a certain degree of regularity again in the near future.
I may also have another project or two on the horizon, but we’ll see how that pans out before I have anything. The point is, regardless of what I write, I need to do a whole helluva lot more of it. I don’t have an eta for when business will start to pick back up around here, but barring something going severely wrong, it eventually will.
I guess that’s all for this dispatch from the desolate hellscape I call a life. As I wander off wistfully into the pre-dawn haze, I leave you this morning with this magnificent sketch card by everyone’s favorite pony enthusiast. Behold!
Let’s play two…
I decided I needed to make a few more moves. The Prizm mini-master set, Sarita super collection, and a few other things are taking up my attention and I don’t see myself getting around to any of these things anytime soon.
• Dock Ellis, Felix Hernandez, Monte Irvin, Andrew McCutchen, Anquan Boldin, Kobe Bryant, and Lolo Jones are officially removed from the collection, though I may keep a little of the little I have of each of them.
• 2012 and 2013 Bowman Silver Ice, 2012 Golden Moments Die-Cuts, 2012 Finest Faces of the Franchise (most are still on COMC, they’ll be available for trade once I have them shipped), 2013 Topps Emerald parallels, and 2012 Topps football Mini Tall Boys are removed from Single Page Sensations. A couple others are on the bubble.
• I added a page for miscellaneous collections. This is just a place for the random stuff that doesn’t fit in my collection anywhere, but I like enough to keep anyway. (Note: I may be willing to part with certain things from the miscellaneous page, so don’t be afraid to ask if you see something you like over there)
• Everything I removed from the Single Page Sensations page in this round of cuts that I’m not keeping are now on the trade bait page. Everything I am keeping went to the miscellaneous collection page.
• The only additions I’m making are probably putting Starlin Castro back as a full, if super halfhearted, collection and strongly considering a Kerry Wood Single Page Sensation page.
• Have some nice cardboard goodness on the way out:
Thanks for stopping by.
Until our next…
It occurred to me the other day my collection needs some restructuring. My tastes have been weighted more towards non-sport/multi-sport offerings/pro wrestling offerings of late. I’ve also come to realize a fair number of my collections are of players I don’t really care about very much. The expectational baggage of some of those collections are wearying and only serve to keep me from things I like better. So some full-on collections are being reduced to Single Page Sensations, and some Single Page Sensations are being dropped entirely. There will be a small number of new things will be added to the lists, however.
So here’s how it shakes down.
• Ernie Banks, Starlin Castro, Matt Forte, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman, LaDainian Tomlinson, Allen Iverson, Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, and AJ Lee are now Single Page Sensations. Whatever I decide not to keep will be available, though that’d just be base and low-level inserts in most cases.
• Banks and Castro are governed by similar rules to Rod Carew. Banks gets a page each for vintage and modern. Starlin gets one each for his RC/Prospect years, later inserts/parallels, and hits from any year.
• Chris Carter, Jason Heyward, Dave Winfield, Robert Griffin III, Steven Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Julius Peppers, Julius Erving, Danny Granger, Scottie Pippen, Tamina Snuka, and Kaitlyn are removed from the collection. Though a Trifecta of any of them would still be welcome, virtually all of the few cards I have of each player/wrestler are available for sale or trade.
• Greg Maddux, Marian Hossa, Dustin Byfuglienis, Mia St. John, Michelle Baena, and Gina Torres are added to Single Page Sensations.
• As for sets, 1969 Topps Deckle Edge, 2009 Topps Unique Unique Unis, and 2011 Topps Lineage ’75 Minis are removed from the collection.
• BenchWarmer Kiss Cards are added to Single Page Sensations
• The stickers and Lawler sketches from 2012 WWE Heritage, and the mini master set of 2012 Panini Prizm baseball has been added to sets, though Prizm still needs filled in.
• I also attempted to organize the pages a bit better by breaking down baseball and football into Cubs/Bears and other players, and separating BenchWarmers from non-sport. They are kinda their own (sexy) beast.
That’ll do it for now I guess. Hopefully ratcheting down a few collections will have the added effect of quality over quantity in the long run as well. Only having a single page to work with, and pressure to rush into completing it in a timely manner, might push me to try for nicer cards when they cross my radar, and reignite my love for some of these guys.
Oh, here’s a card on the way out. Eve Torres autos finally fell into my price range after she ditched the WWE.
Until our next…
Hey y’all! We’re jumping right back into the Card Draft Countdown, taking it down just shy of the top-5. Light it up and go in hot.
This one is a little bittersweet. Your best friend only moved across town, but you still get the sense that it’s the beginning of the end of your friendship. Everything changes and life goes on, but it’s sad in the moment. And you know that career is coming to an end when the team they’ve been with for their whole career lets them go. But still, you gotta remember the good times, and Ron Santo was great. So this is a bittersweet keeper.
Another late-career card of a Hall of Fame slugger. It is beat to hell, which is why it’s so low on the countdown, but still a fine card nonetheless. I’m willing to trade this one away though. Not my team, not my town.
And now for the “what could have been” I mentioned in the previous post. JR Richard had the stuff to be an all-time great, but he flamed out probably not even halfway to immortality. But the little we got was just crazy electric amazing. This badass card is a keeper. I’m working on a single page of him, and was able to score a couple more for the page in Card Draft III.
A RC of the 2nd or 3rd best more-or-less pure DH of all time. If Edgar Martinez is getting into the Hall one of these years, which seems like a very real possibility, then Harold Baines belongs there too. Edgar has a better slashline .312/.418/.515 to .289/.356/.465. But Harold has him in hits 2866-2247, 384-309 in home runs, and 1628-1261 in RBI, all of which Edgar would struggle to reach if given the extra 3+ seasons Harold played. You would have to tack those years on at the beginning and/or end of his career, and he did all his best work from age 32-40 (dude never hit over 18 HR in season before that), so only the hits would maybe be in danger. You can complain about accumulating all you want (and Harold Baines was unquestionably an accumulator), but if you put up 2866 hits, 384 home runs, and 1628 RBIs together, that’s Hall of Fame-worthy career, DH or not.
In other news, I completed a Harold Baines trifecta earlier this month thanks to landing this card in the draft. I got the auto late last year, this in Card Draft II: The Search for Son of Curly’s Electric Boogaloo, and finally the relic courtesy of eBay. Being that Harold Baines is probably my dad’s favorite player, all three are currently displayed on the parents’ entertainment center.
An early ’60s Cub? Of course I’m going to to take it. I don’t really team collect anymore, but I have a binder for cool Cubs stuff I like that doesn’t fit into a specific player collection or set or single page. There’s a place in it for vintage, rookies/prospects, inserts/parallels, hits, and certain oddballs and things. So yeah, this be a keeper.
What better way to jump into the top-10 than with the greatest running back of all-time? I have several cards from Sweetness’ playing career (including his RC!), but nothing from about 1981-86, so this starts to close that sad gap in my collection a little bit.
Another ’70s pitching great with a dedicated binder page the card drafts have started to fill up. I only had a single Dock before this, from epic time suck that was the Diamond Giveaway. It should’ve been two though, Topps. Thanks for screwing me out of the ’75, the only card from his playing career that could top this card and the next on the countdown.
My ordering might’ve gone off the rails in this part of the list, but that’s okay. It’s hard to beat a ’72 for anyway. This was early in the era where I argue Topps peaked (from 1971-1985, they simply didn’t make a bad looking set, and ’71, ’72, ’75, and ’83 are all-time greats), and while the design is way… oh, let’s say flouncier, than ’71, it still positively reeks of the same kind of class as the straight black ’71s.
From the height of Topps powers to the height of Upper Deck’s, this is one of those scan doesn’t do the card justice types. These days Ray is the most prolific 3-point shooter of all-time and a future Hall-of-Famer. Amazing then that he might only be the fourth best player in his draft class! Kobe, while kind of a douche, is unquestionably the best of the class, Allen Iverson is 6th in NBA history in points-per-game at 26.7 (from a guy not even legitimately 6’0″ tall!), and Steve Nash is a 2-time MVP and one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
What a draft that 1996 class was. 4 Hall of Fame locks (the above mentioned Kobe, AI, Nash & Allen), 4 of the better all-star/Hall of Very Good journeymen ever (Antoine Walker, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Peja Stojakovic) and several significant contributors and long-lasting role players (Kerry Kittles, Marcus Camby, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Derek Fisher, Jermaine O’Neal).
Oh, and I guess this card is available, but only reluctantly.
This card is so so pretty with that deep blue border and surprisingly decent for a Bowman product design (although 2013 is pretty decent too). The only thing keeping it out of the top-5 is the Cubs’ next Hall of Famer having moved on to the Brew Crew after the 2011 season. Usually I stop actively chasing players when that happens, but I finally officially went over 100 Aramis Ramirez cards early this year and am still going strong, if mostly focused on using my own money to get his autograph cards right now. I figure when I get back into trading again, the lower-tier Aramis base cards and inserts will start filling out some more.
Well, there you go. I might even be questioning my list myself, but those are my 15-6 from Card Draft II. That’s all for this one, lonely souls. Thanks for stopping by and reading my rambles and looking at my cards. Check back next time for the top-5!
Next time, Gadget…
With Scott Crawford on Cards‘ Trade Bait Draft III probably happening tonight (If you got $20 or a good trade to offer him, and an hour or two free, hit him up!), I thought it was way past time to start showing off my stuff from my first go-round in his draft’s second iteration. With the five bonus rounds and five extra throw-ins, I ended up with a total of 30 cards, but I’m only going to count down the drafted cards. The extras are at the top of the post. And now, without further adieu, let’s count ‘em down. In my opinion, here are 25-16:
A late-round set need pick for a set I’m waffling pretty hard on whether or not I want to finish. My love of Bowman’s Best stems from 1996-1999, not from the product’s first year, which this set is aping. Keeper (for now I guess).
Chosen entirely for the sake of “Hall of Famer in a White Sox uniform”. I don’t even particularly like Goose, because his opinions on baseball invariably annoy me on the mercifully rare occasions he voices them. Available for trade, because I don’t want to look at Goose every time I pass the shelves the White Sox cards I give my dad are on when I’m at the parents’ place.
I like Taillon and think he is going to be very good. The only reason this one is so low on the countdown is the card itself. Topps has gone crazy with the die-cuts the since 2011, but these are one of the very few that don’t really do it for me. Available for trade.
Although I like that the refractor color matches the player’s team, Suzuki is pure trade bait, most likely for Shot Not Taken if he needs it. He has no less than a dozen hits I have varying degrees of interest in, and three I absolutely have to get whenever we trade again. Plus he always seems to pull a few wrestlers I like when he busts pro graps cards, so it’s no wonder we trade so often.
It’s a cool card, no doubt, but mostly a case of picking the best card still remaining on my draft board. Available for trade, especially if you have a fairly equivalent Cub from the around that time.
Even though I don’t actively collect samples and promos anymore (or think that highly of Emmitt Smith as a football player), I can’t say no to a little blinged out ’90s greatness. Available for trade.
Chosen for the Carlton Fiskiness of it all. Goose started it off, and here is the second appearance in a long run of ’74 Hall of Famers (and one all-time what could have been) in varying degrees of rough condition. Many more to come. Reluctantly available for trade.
This is a great card, and it only fell this far down the list right before I started writing the post. It was #12 when I got the list back out to start this up. Oddly, I’ve only ever owned three cards from the legendary ’86-87 Fleer set, and all three of them have been 76ers (Dr. J and Moses Malone were the others). Reluctantly available for trade.
YU! I dunno about these mini sets of sets that were never mini in the first place. I think Topps may be scraping the bottom of the barrel of their endless nostalgia crazed wankfest. Yeah, wankfest. They are clearly in love with themselves and their history, despite how INCREDIBLY MEDIOCRE that history is. Yeah you never made a bad set from 1971-1985, but a lot of what came before is only well thought of because it’s old, and you’re still spotty as hell and losing ground in modern times. You NEVER even innovated a damn thing in 25 years of relatively uncontested ruling over baseball cards, and really cards in general. So, I think you and your history kinda suck! And I will never, EVER stop resenting you for your current exclusive deal, or MLB for giving it to you.
What can I say I’m a
Paul Heyman Upper Deck Panini anyone willing to put up a decent alternative to Topps guy.
But I’ll take a YU! every chance I get. This, despite my rant, is a reluctant keeper. At least until I finish and can start upgrading my Yu Darvish page.
What a thrill to watch last year. Even Kaep’s early struggles were of the rather epic variety (the infamous halfback toss to nowhere that, iirc, eventually cost the Niners that game). Can’t wait to see what he can do over a full and hopefully healthy season. I’ve never seen a running QB with such deadly timing on designed runs. Just unreal what he can do. It is never a good idea to anoint a team, but the 49ers are built to compete for championships for years on end, and it will be a huge disappointment if they don’t get at least one.
That’s it for the first of what will most likely be three of these countdown posts. If Card Draft III does end up being tonight, I will hopefully be able to get the countdown done before the next bunch of cards arrive. Thanks for stopping by!
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It seems nobody out there likes Panini’s Prizm baseball offering. Well, despite the dubious 2012-ness of them (c’mon Panini, these came out even later in 2013 than 2009 UD Signature Stars came out in 2010), I love the things. The lack of logos don’t bother me any. The design is quality, and the cards are thick & substantial. I think I’ve bought about 10 packs without even a lot to show for them and I’m not regretting the purchases at all.
I dunno if what it is about Panini’s alternate take, or if it’s just because it is a viable alternate take to Topps’ increasingly forgettable Chrome, but I’m fine basically paying out the ass for these when I’ve never been okay doing that with Chrome, even in years when it doesn’t suck. To compare, my less than half as many Topps Heritage, and a lone pack of the putrid lameness that is 2013 Gypsy Queen, were met with immediate regret. Topps tone-deaf nostalgia-based offerings both have more cards, but Heritage rarely fails to leave me feeling empty inside, and 2013 is no exception (the exception would be 2009). I also know 2013 GQ has probably the finest looking slate of inserts, parallels, & hits of it’s brief three year tenure as a thing that exists, but I didn’t pull any of that good stuff, and the base set is just ass.
So yeah, whatever. I like Prizm enough to take an actual (if probably ultimately doomed) stab at the base set, if not an all out mini master set of base + all inserts. So if you have some, I want them. I want them ALL! I’ll take regular and colored (blue, red, green… gold? I might be wishful thinking on that last one ;)) refractors (Prizms, whatevs. They are the same thing. Prizms just haven’t been run into the ground yet.) off your hands too if you have them. No chance at getting complete sets of them cuz money is hard, but I wouldn’t mind landing some of my player collections and a Sensational Single Page of randoms of the regular and first three colors anyway.
That’s all I got to say right now. Thanks for stopping by to read me ridicule Topps’ shitty early season offerings while praising that thing all of you seem to hate so much. Just hit me up in the comments or email me (address is on me google account linked on the sidebar) if you have some unwanted Prizms (I also need at least 3/4 of the Finalists set from the basketball version of Prizm if you got ‘em), and we can work out a deal. I’ll also try not to take so long between posts. It isn’t like I’m hurting for things to jibba-jabba about. Peace.
Still here, just getting there…
Well, the posts are just slowly trickling in, but trickling in they still are. Here are a few of my favorite pro graps cards from my collection for your approval.
Booker is my favorite wrestler of all-time, and this is my best card of him. Despite having a lot of autographs (as wrestlers go anyway) out there, I’ve yet to come across one within my price range. The 6 (should be more like 10-12) time World Champion and one of the single most decorated champions overall in the history of professional wrestling blew my mind as a kid with his heavy, but not really martial arts, kick-based offense that’s never really been duplicated, and agility. He could fly a little too, with the Harlem/Houston Hangover, which is one of the coolest moves ever invented. He’s also being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, which is pretty cool too.
It’s sad Eve left right when she turned in an absolutely amazing heel run (oddly similar in to the Batista’s run, in every aspect). I was down with Eve from her first televised match, which I just happened to catch even though I almost never get around to watching Smackdown! I want to say she was teaming with Maria or someone like her that had been there for quite awhile yet never really even became competent in the ring. Anyway, it was pretty amazing, because Eve was already immediately better than Maria or whoever it was that had been there so long from match one. So, aside from her stunning beauty, which according to my #WrestlingBros homey Alex* is even more disarming in person, I was pretty enamored that she immediately had more skills than the average WWE eye candy from the start. Her autographs are far, faaaaar more expensive than Booker’s, and the only one even close enough for me extend for got nabbed on COMC before I my money into paypal.
As a pretty nifty aside, Eve retweeted the tweet when I tweeted this card to the above mentioned ALo and it’s currently sitting at 17 total retweets and 19 favorites, which is, whoa…
This was my very first autograph of my favorite Diva of the legendary Victoria/Trish Stratus/Molly Holly/Lita/Gail Kim era legit awesome wrestling. Good times. Her autos used to be a lot harder to come by before she made the jump to TNA and became Tara, and picked up several more in the $3-8 range in recent months, even a couple more WWE offerings. That said, when I got this way back when I felt super lucky to pick it up for a hair under $15 (not counting shipping, which I’m guessing was about normal). So why was she my favorite then and still remains high enough on the list to dedicate a binder page entirely comprised of hits to her? She was easily the toughest and most underrated of the bunch (only two title reigns over like seven or eight years, if I recall correctly), and the second best wrestler after Molly (at the time; Gail didn’t really get many chances to shine until the Knockouts division started up in TNA). I’m also way envious of my Chicago homies, because I want to go to her new restaurant!
I guess that’ll about do it for now. Thanks for stopping by!
Until our next…
Which was more than a month ago, but hey, I gotta get back in the habit of posting (and just writing in general) again. Nothing I post is even gonna be as timely as this anytime soon, and I’m buried in tons of stuff needing to be scanned again. So just enjoy the pretty pictures of cards & politely tolerate my struggles to saying something of note about them, eh?
I couldn’t pass it up at the price. Condition is surprisingly decent too. Ol’ Boog was intended for Project ’62, but he already has three apparently. Thus, it remains with me. I will entertain offers, but I’m in no hurry at all to let it go.
I put Jamaal Charles back in my full-on collection category after his amazing return to form last season. Due to being by far the best player on a historically sucky team, his return from serious injury got overshadowed, but it’s no less impressive than Adrian Peterson to me. To put up the same kind of yardage & yards-per-carry Charles did before the injury, with the total QB incompetence he was working with in 2012 (at least Ponder bothered to show up for AD & didn’t actively hurt the Vikings chances of winning most weeks), damn impressive. I think, due to his penchant for breaking off more big runs than maybe anybody else going right now, Jamaal Charles could easily break 2000 yards with a more competent team around him. And he might be able to do it with fewer carries than anyone that’s come before.
It would be safe to say I’m a huge Jamaal Charles fanboy at this point. Also, I hope whoever the dipstick that let Orton go and replaced him with Brady f*cking Quinn got fired so hard he’s never allowed to make any even the most marginal of what could be considered important decisions for the rest of his days. Because HOLY CRAP dude!
Just about the only Cardinal I’ll allow in my random baseball binder (only Lee Smith as a Card, Ozzie Smith as a Padre, & maybe crazy-hot prospect Oscar Tavares have exceptions made for them).
In the meantime, my asshole neighbor just threatened to call the police on me for noise right after she just slammed the hell out of her door. Have I mentioned lately how much I absolutely HATE this godforsaken hellhole in which I live? Moving on.
I never really cared for these nameplate things until I finally got the above two in my hands. Much nicer in person. Got them for what totaled out to just over $2 apiece, if I recall collectly. I’ll gladly do that anytime. These cards are also pretty much the upper limit of thickness that will fit in my current favored binder pages.
Japan’s single-season hit king (last I checked), and quite probably my favorite “failed” Cubs prospect. He might’ve been the name I gave my ginormous 3 foot tall stuffed bear from my toddlerhood if I were a wii youngling in the mid-2000s rather than the late-1980s/early-1990s (it was named after Jerome Walton, for the record). Anyway, thanks to this and an ’06 Chrome Black refractor, I think I’ll be up to 4 or 5 keepers of Murton, once the I get ship one I picked up after this, and once my Just Minors auto turns up. That auto being from the infamous 4-Just Minors auto lot I picked up for $6-something years ago just for Murton, that also included some guy named JOEY VOTTO. No, I never get tired of mentioning that Votto auto falling into my lap before he became a thing. Thanks for asking.
I picked up freakin’ sweet (though the photo is kinda depressing) Harold Baines auto for my dad, because I finally brought the Gordon Beckham Heritage auto back to my place, because he’s one of dad’s all-time favorite White Sox.
Not exactly minty fresh, but it was cheap as can be. Looks nice on a page across from the above Bob Gibson. Can be had for something I’d like more.
What a pleasant looking fellow. I’m sure he’ll never turn into a giant raging ego case that will topple records through questionable means and bring (preposterously overblown) scandal to the game. Nope, never gonna happen. Straight class, this guy.
I now have Fergie Jenkins RC & 2nd year cards. I’m trying to get all the regular issue cards from his playing career. It is going to take awhile, but progress is being made.
Random Bears vintage! This feller immediately became my oldest football card by far upon landing (and 4th oldest overall), by about a decade. I believe my prior oldest football cards were two Bears defensive backs from the same year, from sometime in the mid-1960s.
We’ll finish out this post with THE card of the order. Leaf Legends of Sport Fergie Jenkins auto #’ed /20. I’ve been wanting an inexpensive Fergie auto ever since I gave mine to Mario back in the day. This only set me back a little over $6, I believe. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it turns out these cards (or at least this one) are super thick, so I had to pick up an extra 130pt magnetic holder for it. Weirdly, despite the sorry state our local K-Mart is in (corporate raider suck ‘er dry tactics, from what I understand), they still have these things with two extra thick Ultra Pro magnetic holders + a stand for $4.99 that I’ve seen nowhere else.
Update: The cretin next door actually did call the police on me. So I politely informed the officers that those two started things in the first place with their constant door slamming & how utterly useless the office has been, then sent them upstairs to deal with the stompy jerkass up there. It was all very pleasant and easy, and it feels like a weight has been (at least temporarily, cuz THIS F*CKING PLACE) lifted off my shoulders.
So I guess that be that. Apologies for the weird tangents and asides, and that unintended dramatic subplot, and thanks for stopping by!
My soul is gentle, but don’t doubt my fire…