Hear me roar…or, at least, shout a little
When I got into work today, two e-mails sat stewing in my inbox. I like e-mail. It’s like a little ether-gift to people who don’t like to talk on the phone. These e-mails, though, were a little odd (not quite as odd as the one of Barney singing Tupac, but that’s another story for another day–by the way, thanks Marty).
Both e-mails were from good friends.
Here’s the first.
I am Todd. That’s bad news for you. You are not Todd.
If, for some reson, you were to become Todd, that would be good for you.
I the meantime, you are not TODD.
Todd is Great
Todd is Good
Todd is God!
I read this one first. I responded as best as I could, that I’m Otis and I understand I’m not Todd. The metaphysical and theological questions posed by such an e-mail are many, but my mind isn’t functioning on that level this morning.
At one time I considered myself a pretty good read of what my friends are thinking. In the past eleven months, I’ve discovered I don’t know what anybody is thinking (unless I’m sitting at a poker table, of course).
I discarded the e-mail and moved on through the inbox, where eventually I ran across this one.
I am G-Rob. I just wanted you to know and remember that. And I am awesome, wouldn’t you say? G-Rob…awesome guy…that’s me.
Awesome…I mean, G-Rob.
I didn’t respond to this one. The message is not uncommon for G-Rob, although I don’t think he likes himself as much as he says he does.
Curiously, upon further investigation I discovered that Todd actually wrote the G-Rob note, and they both collaborated on the Todd note.
That sounds about right.
Even if it wasn’t their intention, the notes got me thinking about myself, why I’ve developed a reputation for self deprication, and why I don’t write more notes to people declaring “I am Otis and I rule!”
The other day, Mrs. Otis and I were riding down the road and I said of poker, “It’s the first thing in my life that I actually feel like I do well.”
Strangely, she encouraged such a line of thought. She’s good to me that way.
Of course, she thinks I do a lot of things well. She’s good to me that way, too.
So, in an effort to proclaim I’m actually decent at something, I’ll brag a little bit.
I just got published in a national poker magazine (got the cover story, in fact). Unfortunately, it appears All IN magazine is only available to subscribers. Still, it was a pretty neat feeling to see my work in glossy print.
Note: CJ has scanned the entire article. You can find it, for a limited time, at our poker blog Up For Poker.