So, back in January, Missy and I went to see Jonathan Coulton in concert. (You MUST go see him if you have the chance!) Often when you go to a concert, the opening act is enjoyable at best, or if you’re not lucky, a place-holder. Bear in mind, I say this as a man who used to work as an opening act, and while it often went well, there were nights that I could feel the audience willing me en-masse to get off the stage. The night I opened for Engelbert Humperdink comes to mind. (I wish I were joking.)
JoCo’s opening act, to my delight, was a duo called Paul and Storm, who were brilliant! Genuinely funny, entertaining and worth the price of admission all on their own. By blind luck I got to briefly meet Paul, Storm and Jonathan Coulton before the show.
It’s not what you’re thinking. None of them had ever heard of Basic Instructions.
Anyway, Paul commented on my shirt. I was wearing the original Infini-Tee. After the show I offered to make shirts for him and Storm. He mentioned that he had a couple of friends who he thought would really like Infini-Tees of their own, and that he’d like to buy them as gifts. A couple of days later he e-mailed me the names and photos.
Here’s a picture one of the recipients posted to his Twitter account.
Here’s a photo of the other recipient wearing his shirt at PAX East.
As a geek, I’m tremendously proud to have made these shirts, and that the recipients enjoyed them, and that someone as cool as Paul and Storm liked the shirts enough to buy them in the first place. I haven’t mentioned it before because I felt weird about jumping up to take credit for what was a gift Paul and Storm (I’ve mostly dealt with Paul, but I believe Storm was in on it) bought their friends. It felt like “bad form” somehow.
Wil Wheaton (who seems like a great guy) posted the story of his shirt to his blog today, so I feel like it’d be cool to tell the story now. So I have … just now.