Posted on | August 2, 2006 | No Comments
I had scheduled an interview with Simon Oliver. My first serious interview ever. Everything went wrong.
First Comcast had intermittent power outages all day yesterday, which caused my cable connection to be flakier than a dandruffed scalp. This was a serious problem because I was going to use Skype to conduct the interview (like I did with Bruce Rosenberger and Rick Gordon) and I need a stable connection for that.
I was going to put my cell phone on speaker and record using my mobile recorder, but I think that two tin cans and a helluva long string would have done a better job.
Simon was gracious enough to postpone until today. I even came up with a bunch of new questions and it was going to be a pretty good talk for a first try. As long as the cable connection stayed up.
I rushed home after work and made sure that the cable connection was stable. I made sure that the kids had Shark Tale on the electronic babysitter and I called him at EXACTLY the time we had agreed upon.
We talked for about two minutes and for those of you who were curious my first question was “how did you writing comic books?”
His answer was “Through a a strange set of events because I wasn’t a big comic book reader. Whoa, I’m getting a really bad echo.”
I tried to change settings on my end, but all that happened was that he couldn’t hear me. Finally, he said why don’t I call him back.
Minutes after I hung up with Simon, Patti called me to tell me that she had been bitten by two dogs. The first one bit her on the calf and when she bent down to see if the mongrel had broken the skin, the other one bit her on the head at the hairline. So she was really shaken up. We talked for a minute then her phone started to flake out like a Comcast cable connection, so she hung up.
I changed settings and decided to test Skype Out by calling Patti’s job. They couldn’t hear me, so I hung up, changed more settings and decided to call my 16 year old daughter Jazmyn and have her be my guinea pig until I got the echo problem figured out.
After an hour, I tapped out and wrote Simon thanking him for the opportunity, but an interview would be impossible at this time. I HATE the fact that I not only wasted his time, but Comic Book Noise looks like a Bush League P.O.S. operation headed by an incompetent doofus. That may all be true, but I hate looking like it.
So, I’m sorry for the people who were looking forward to the interview and I once again apologize to Simon Oliver for wasting his time.
I think for penance, I am going to read the Clone Saga books that I borrowed from my buddy.