November 04, 2022
Anyone else ever feel like this? 🤔
LIKE YOU'RE WEARING A "KICK ME" SIGN THAT ONLY THE UNIVERSE CAN SEE?
I guess the universe is just going for a concept album of sorts with the 2020s, between the pandemic and war and well... *gestures at everything*
Yeah, we're getting close to the end of 2022, but I have a sneaking suspicion about whose year 2023 is going to be.
In my own personal hell, I've been plagued with technology snafus, vendor mistakes, and all the usual forkery that interferes with our ability to create new art, but we did manage to finish the new towel set you see up top.
Oh well, at least there's candy, and it is National Candy Day. I like how candy just had an entire month to itself in October and it's still horning in on November like a guest that will not leave. You have to admire the confidence. While you're digging through the last of your kid's trick-or-treat leftovers, here are a few candy facts for you:
• The two highest selling candies in the United States are M&M’s and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
• In 1887 David Bradley's candy store in New Jersey flooded due to a major storm, resulting in him calling his taffy "saltwater taffy"
• In the 1800s physicians commonly prescribed chocolate to patients with broken hearts
It's one of the few pleasures we have left.
GIF via NBC
It's also Fountain Pen Day, and I know some people just love them, but I have neither the handwriting nor the patience for such a writing implement. If I must handwrite anything, I'll stick to a ballpoint, much to my partner Matt's chagrin. He is a roller ball/gel guy, though when it comes to his initial sketches for most of our character-based designs he is all about the mechanical pencil.
(Matt here — it's true! Mechanical pencils never require sharpening, and allow me to erase all the many, many mistakes & false starts that come with conjuring new, wholly original things from the ether. Huzzah!)
We are winding down our design work for 2022 — don't worry, we still have a couple more things coming your way in the next few weeks — but have a lot of new things in the works for 2023! If you're hoping to shop Boredwalk locally, reply to this and let us know which stores in your area that you think should carry Boredwalk. Doesn't matter if they have many locations or just one; either way, our sales team will reach out to them! This goes for you kind readers & customers outside the US, too — the whole planet could probably use a bit more Boredwalk in its life.
Let's wrap it up with a few famous birthdays and historical facts about November 4th:
• Born on this day: comedian Kathy Griffin (1960), actor/Karate Kid Ralph Macchio (1961), and journalist Walter Cronkite (1916)
• On this day in 2008 Barack Obama became the first person of African-American descent to be elected as President of the United States.
• Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female US governor on this day in 1925. To this day she is the only woman to ever be governor of Wyoming. Ross was also the first female director of the United States Mint.
• Finally, on this day in 1879, James Ritty patented the first cash register to combat stealing by bartenders in his saloon in Dayton, Ohio.
OK, that's it for this week! We'll be back here in your inbox on Monday with a fresh email and a fresh customer Q&A! (Speaking of which, if you've volunteered recently, Matt emailed you questions earlier this week, so check your inboxes for those messages, too!) If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming email reply to this and let us know!
Peace, love, and candy,
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