That is a funny one that really leaves a visual. I know he always thinks his latest comic is his last, that he will have no way to top it or match it. I do not know how he or Ava and C.I. manage to do it (they feel the same way about their TV pieces). Were it me, I would go nuts.
That is also true of C.I.'s year-in-review, "2011: The Year of the Slow Reveal." She wrote that the night of. She had a few ideas -- the bulk of which were not used -- and she had a title (she did use that). That was it. On Thursday, no idea. On Friday, no idea. Three hours before her New Year's Eve Party started, she sat down at the laptop and wrote that.
I would go crazy. I finished the bulk of mine the Sunday before ("Ruth's Radio Report 2011"). I just fine tuned it as the week went along.
C.I. managed to just write at the last minute? How come?
Because she did not have time all week, she was too busy.
And the 2010 year-in-review is something she hated. Seriously hated.
I felt so bad when I found that out (I did not hear it from her) because, as 2010 drew to a close, I had lost all my report and I called her and ended up monopolizing her time which would have been fun but she had the same problem I did and ended up losing what she had written (two-thirds of her piece).
This was the year of autosave at Blogger/Blogspot. And it was the first time it really did not work. You thought it was because it had been in place for weeks with no problems.
You would type a line and as soon as you paused at any time, the autosave would save the draft.
But, as I said, it was not working then (December 31, 2010).
So I go to publish and instead of getting a message that I have published I get an error message.
No problem, I figured, I have the draft saved due to autosave.
Nope, it was all gone. Long gone.
And I was so frustrated and angry and upset. I called C.I. who listened to me whine and rant for about 15 minutes. Then, when I came up for air, she said, "Ruth, you don't have to do a report. You tried and you lost it due to technology. You don't have to try to redo it." I said I wanted to redo it and she said, "Okay, let's do it."
And she stayed on the phone with me for over two hours as I would say, "I had a note on this." I had all these incidents on index cards and was using that to write the report. She would talk me through that index card.
It was beyond helping. And I thanked her and meant it.
And then she said she had to finish her final paragraph and then she was done.
I said, "Be sure to save it."
She saves it and gets the same error message I got. And there was no autosave.
She had to redo the whole thing and do so quickly.
And she loathed it.
She really loathed what she wrote.
So I did ask her to please look at it again (I really liked it) after 2011 went up. She did and said it was not as bad as she thought but still nothing to bother with.
(For C.I., that is practically a compliment of her own writing. She and Ava tend to say, "It's awful. It's rotten. No one should ever waste their time reading it.")
I would strongly recommend you read Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The misguided Water Cooler Set" -- not just because it is so great but also because there is a 50/50 chance they will be referencing this in a joint-entry tomorrow morning. I cannot say anything else. It is only 50/50. It might end up waiting until the weekend (as Jim wants).
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: