Friday, December 21, 2007

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like The Four Questions

Q. What is Dave wearing today?
A. Right now, Dave is wearing brown pants, a blue dress shirt, and a very nice blue tie with a very handsome geometric pattern. You'd like it. Really, you would.

Q. How does Dave feel today?
A. Dave feels very embarrassed.

Q. What are the factors affecting Dave's mood today?
A. Dave had to run a correction in the newspaper yesterday. He misspelled a name in a story that ran Wednesday. It was his first correction since Monday, April 3, 2006 -- that's 626 days, or 1 year, 8 months, and 17 days, if you're counting. Dave would like to think of himself as a very accurate reporter. He always makes a concerted effort to spell people's names properly. He knows that mistakes like this, no matter how small they might seem in the grand scheme of journalistic foul-ups, are still embarrassing and reflect poorly upon him.

Q. Does Dave actually feel that bad about misspelling someone's name, or is he being sarcastic again?
A. Dave is being genuine. Don't get too used to it, though. Dave only feels repentant when he's made mistakes in his professional writing. If he has a fwe typos on teh Daily Dave, don't epxpect any mea culpas.

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