I got a speeding ticket earlier this afternoon. It seemed like I was going with the traffic but got singled out. That had put me in a “why does the world hate me?” mind frame. I have also just received a “No” from Bill Kurtis on a request for a blurb for Tripio. On top of all of that, I am a lifelong, die-hard Ohio State Buckeye football fan and Urban Meyer announced his retirement a few days ago. Why does the world hate me, indeed?
Still considering this on my couch after dinner, I looked over to see my downstairs computer. I was not at all far from where I had parked my backside. With just little effort, I could check my Tripio gmail inbox. Maybe some good news awaits me there? Or, wait! What if there is no news? Or worse, bad news? I was in the thralls of “intermittent reinforcement”, at least as I understand the concept. If I knew one way or the other, I would not be tempted at all. I had only just come upon the term in the Alan Jacobs “Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction”,https://www.amazon.com/Pleasures-Reading-Age-Distraction/dp/0199747490. I congratulated myself on my new name for not being currently able to do anything constructive. That afterglow didn’t last long however. No longer able to contain myself, I had to check the Tripio gmail! It is five steps and a click away.
You read before the words of a changed man. I did in fact receive news. News I consider to be great, in fact. In my email was a response to the first blurb request I had sent for Tripio. It was from Kevin Knox,
who had also agreed to read Tripio. The response I read in my email was a blurb and the first real of Tripio. This review was from someone who had worked with Starbucks during the time Tripio was set. Mr. Knox also appears in the book as the “coffee God.” He had just finished Tripio and found it “a vivid and authentic journey through the heady early days of Starbucks expansion.”
Wow. Damn. It is hard to say just how great I feel. But I will try to put it simply and, it will go something like this: Even if the world still hates me, it’s alright because Kevin Knox liked Tripio.
“May I help who’s next?”