But some in the Confessor Nation are unhappy with me for not providing fresh MTC fodder. (At least one is unhappy with the whole concept of a Confessor Nation.)
It's true. I'm sorry about that. I've been out of town, tied up with family stuff, working on work stuff, not feeling tippy-top. Jeebus, I've had GOUT. Guys in my demo and physical condition are not supposed to get gout. Like something out of an old New Yorker cartoon.
When I hear something that I think might make an interesting article, I write it down on a list. My list is now six typed pages long.
The problem is that there is usually something of current interest, or something that the Nation has gotten excited about. Stuff of interest to write about. Which means that all those interesting topics recede into the past and get stale. I mean, who wants to read about T.C.'s big prank, asking hosts to provide bit topics for him in late night calls? Matt McClearin's account of alien encounter is deep in the past. Interested in my latest thoughts on Gum Out ads? I didn't think so. If you want me to dip into the stale topic archives, let me know.
Now, as it happens, some of the topics on my list would still work. Not as exciting as the recent tech flameout, but they'd do. And I've got a Hot Sports Opinion in the oven that, unfortunately for you, is actually about sports. I'm going to try to get to TicketStock next week for an on-scene report. But tonight -- none of it looks like much fun to me after the recent behind-the-scenes drama.
So I thought I'd take this opportunity to find out if you sometime get the same feeling that I do.
I've been unavoidably away from the channel, and I don't have a lot of time to go back and check out what The UnTicket has selected for us.
And, as has happened from time to time in the past, I found out that I didn't miss it all that much. Sometimes I can't wait to get back to the Ticket-listening routine; sometimes, takes me a day or two to get back into the habit.
It has nothing to do with The Ticket itself. I listen to the showgrams, they're perfectly fine, no one boring me, no one making me angry, no one being a jerk. The SweetJack commercials are even starting to recede into the overall commercial noise. I just sort of . . . forget. I got to work this morning, realized about a half-hour later that I'd forgotten to switch the Musers on. 3:30 rolls around, I can usually spin The Hardline and do so nearly every day possible -- again, just kind of passed me by.
So sometimes, for reasons having nothing to do with any deficiencies coming out of the speakers, I take a break from The Ticket. Sometimes I check out the competition, see if there are any topics popping up there, but it's usually so unlistenable that I switch the Philco over to KNTU 88.1 or some Real Jazz or Little Steven's Underground Garage or Deep Tracks on Sirius XM. But usually back to The Little One.
Oh, I'll be back with an HSO pretty soon, and, shortly thereafter, I hope, with an STD.
Ever take a break from The Ticket? And if you do, how do you spend that listening time?
And if that doesn't interest you -- the topic list is always wide open at MTC.
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