We did not get into the “If we all trust each other, we are a team” storyline in yesterday’s honking newsletter, but it makes its way to the top of A1 today, as Kina announces the name of our team (“Great Jimmy”) and our hallmark emotional state (thumbs-up). If you are forced to confront a daily, concerted, and mildly incompetent attack on democracy, I cannot recommend highly enough a perky preschooler with a real can-do attitude as a family coach and general pick-me-up. It is also quite handy to have a pandemic team name.
There is an endearing thing about the way Kina does thumbs-up. For her, it’s less a sign than an exchange, requiring that the person to whom the thumbs-up is offered both return the thumbs-up and then press their thumb firmly against hers. It’s a Kinaism that we should all get into once the smoke of the pandemic clears—vastly more self-affirming than a typical handshake, and with a smaller surface area. For Kina, thumbs-up is never a unilateral affair, but a team sport. We agree to be all for it, whatever it is, together. That is the spirit of Great Jimmy.
We have pretty thoroughly covered the fact that Kina thinks I stink, so this headline is here simply to remind you that I do, and to point out that Kina has discovered various incenses and candles to smudge me out. It’s still slightly insulting, but at least the room smells nice afterwards.
You’ll note that today’s price—our now-signature $22.21 (in this economy?!?!)—comes with a promise from our publisher. She assures me that we’ll see a price change in the days ahead. Let’s hope for something concise and affordable!