It’s February. Did you fall from our graces? Did you not receive a Xmas card because you didn’t send one to us? Is there perhaps anger building up inside? We’ve done a Holiday card since the mid 1980′s. Just check out the About Us/ Holiday Card section on our website and you’ll see what I mean. So why didn’t you get one this year. Well, the short answer is we just didn’t send one. We sincerely thank everyone who sent one to us this year. So why didn’t we send one? Well, one might say we ran out of time. One might say we couldn’t come to an agreement. One might say…
It all started a couple of years ago. I was at a Yo woodworking workshop with my friend Jakki at Tortoise in Venice. Sitting next to me was a couple of high school kids who were (how shall I say) talking while carving. They were getting strange looks from most of the other “grown-ups” in the workshop. I thought they were fine. Actually, they were really fun to carve with.
I learned that one of the kids name was Bendow and he was a doodle artist. He gave me his business card and I filed it away in my wallet. Around Thanksgiving, the time we start to think about our holiday cards, I remembered Bendow’s card and thought it might be a good idea to see if he could do a “doodle” of us for our card. I emailed Bendow and he responded, “Sounds interesting! I’ve done some cards for my family over the years and I’d be glad to do one for yours.”
I emailed him a picture of us from the summer and a Halloween photo of the boys on our front porch. I said,”the 1st photo is the only existing group shot of us. You might have to use your imagination for clothes. The second is our front porch/steps if you want some ideas of placement. Oh ignore costumes- this is only for locations. The rest is up to you. A horizontal image works best and please keep in mind this is going out to family so if there is anything obscene it better be really camouflaged. Thanks- And again, we need this asap! Ted”
Bendow said,” Alright cool, I think I can be done before next week. I’m still in school, but I’ll try to do it by the weekend.” Well, the weekend came and went and we were starting to run out of time.
Then on December 6. Bendow writes,”‘I’m almost done. Basically I’m busy with college apps, but I’ll have it to you by Wednesday.”
On Dec. 7. Bendow says,”Okay, basically done, let me know what you think/what you want. ”
Actually this was the second version. This is the 1st version. I don’t know why he thought Debbie’s breasts look like that. Maybe it’s the 5 boys.
Debbie hated the card, maybe it was the breast thing, maybe it was the fact that we looked like Mexican wrestlers- I don’t know. I wanted to sleep on it. I responded to Bendow diplomatically. After all he’s in high school, he’s vulnerable to criticism and perhaps he would get offended, “Hi- Interesting. I was hoping for a little more of he feeling of your business card. Maybe a little less costumes. Your thoughts? Ted”
By December 13. I still had heard back from Bendow. So I emailed him again and said,”Dear Bendow- I hope you didn’t takeÂ offense to my crit. of the card. It was just my opinion. That said, Did you come up with anything more like your business card (which I loved) , less costumey, and at this point it need to say Happy New Years instead of Happy Holidays. Thanks- Ted”
We showed it to some people to get their opinion. Most people said it was pretty strange. One art director said it was amazing. I thought we should have sent it out.
We Never heard from Bendow again. I wonder where Bendow is going to college.