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Eek!-ing Out a Living

I’m not exactly sure how to feel here. My series of ‘Eek!Cards‘ — designed as quick-hit filler on days I don’t write a whole post — just hit its 100th edition.

Only… did it?

I may not be the wiggliest dildo on the nightstand, proverbially, when it comes to math, but I’m fairly certain I can count to one hundred. And also pretty sure I did, painstakingly and sequentially pumping out snarky cards one by one by one.

But wait. When I checked my archives just now, I found the number to be off by one — only at ninety-nine. That shit’s fine for luftballoons and bottles of beer on the wall. But I’ve hit one hundred, and I’m not imagining things.

So I demanded a recount. Which was basically me, going through post after post, figuring out what was missing. That ‘what’ turned out to be #92. I’d forgotten to categorize it, so it didn’t show up.

“Now my ‘big one hundred’ is a little anticlimactic. And kind of gross. And uncomfortably brown.”

(And since it didn’t have a category, it was unreachable in the archives, as well.

So, you know, thank goodness I fixed that for future generations and stuff, right? Whew.)

Now my ‘big one hundred’ is a little anticlimactic. And kind of gross. And uncomfortably brown.

On the other hand, my ‘real’ #100 sort of bugs me, too. It’s the first card I remember making and soon after thinking, “oh, no, this would have been better“.

See, usually, I think, “man, something would make this better, but I don’t know what it is” or “holy god, what was I thinking when I wrote that?” or “meh, I’d still hit it“. But never the immediate facepalm, and the “oh, yeah, that was it” moment.

So consider this a bonus ‘fix-it’. Or a second try. Or ecard Mad-Libs, where I’m just drunkenly filling in blanks. Eight of one, half dozen of the other. Anyway, here goes. The original, and now ‘officially’ Eek!Card #100, from yesterday: - Here's hoping your favorite NFL team stays relevant at least as long as Thanksgiving leftovers.

And the bonus riff — call it #100A, if you like — which is hopefully just a touch more cynically defeatist, in the way that I’d like it to be: - Here's hoping your favorite NFL team stays relevant at least as long as your party's presidential candidate.

That’s all for now. But tune in tomorrow for something new. Quite possibly the start of a new one hundred Eek!Cards. Or a story about my dog’s poop. Or pictures of me falling up an escalator. These are all approximately equally likely to happen. There’s only one way to find out — see you manana.

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