March 03, 2023

🔥 Hell is other people, but...


It's National Employee Appreciation Day and after quite a few years of struggling to get the right team in place, I can confidently say I like and 1000% appreciate every member of the team at Boredwalk.
From the operations crew who helps us fulfill orders and answer customer service messages to the sales and marketing team members who help us connect with new customers, we are super thankful for all of them and glad we get to come to work every day with people we genuinely enjoy working with. They make Boredwalk a better company and help free me and Matt up to work on new products for the Boredwalk community.
Speaking of new products, Matt is putting some finishing touches on our next adult activity book, so we didn't work on any new shirt designs this week, but there will be more soon! In fact, I just shared a new idea for one with Matt last night that instantly made him giggle, which is always a good indicator of whether a new release will be well-received.*
* Look, I know that a business is only a business if customers will buy the things it produces, but real talk: most of Boredwalk is built around me and Matt trying to make each other laugh and just sort of hoping enough other people get the joke that we can pay our rent and keep our cat in the lifestyle to which his spoiled fuzzy duff has become accustomed. We're not MBAs, we just sort of fell into this gig.
Good Deal gif
That's the enthusiasm we like to see!
GIF via The Tonight Show
And as long as we are on the topic of the Boredwalk team, did you know you can watch us/listen to us chat every week on the Boredwalk podcast?
This week I was joined by Grace from our content team and we chatted about the garbage reality shows we are watching, the nature of creativity, the pure luck involved with finding the right people for Boredwalk, and your answers to recent Question of the Day posts. Watch the episode on YouTube or listen on your favorite podcasting platform. 
Want a few notable March 3rd birthdays and historical facts to kick off the weekend? Here are a few...
• Born on this day: inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847), actress Jean Harlow (1911), actress Jessica Biel (1982), Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962), and rapper Tone Loc (1966)
 Florida became the 27th US state on this day in 1845
 Anne Sullivan began teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller on this day in 1887
• On this day in 1873 the prudes in the US Congress enacted the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail
 Finally, pour out some funky cold medina for actor David Ogden Stiers, who passed away on this day in 2018. Mr. Stiers is best known for his portrayal of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, M.D. on the TV series M*A*S*H from 1977-1983, as well as the voice of several Disney characters (most notably Cogsworth the clock in 1991's Beauty and the Beast), but in our household he is most loved as the patriarch Al Meyer in the 1986 classic Better Off Dead, which we watch every Thanksgiving to springboard us into the holiday season. We hope he's "mellowing off" wherever he has shuffled off to.
OK, that's it for this week! We'll be back here in your inbox on Monday with another email and (hopefully) a fresh customer Q&A! If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming email reply to this and let us know!
Peace, love, and spring savings,