Thursday, September 30, 2010

Missing Cat Poster

I saw this today on a blog and I LAUGHED my head off. Seriously. Juan and Kaishon thought I was loony. Since this week has been a little crazy and sad and I am low on words, I hope you enjoy this post. And where did I find the story? I can’t remember what blog I saw it on, but I loved it. I left a nice comment thanking them for showing it to me. And now I can’t point you in the right direction : ( photstoryfriday Fail 183 of the week…. Darn it. orange 3 No, seriously. Just read this in its entirety, from the top. Because if you haven't yet seen this brilliant exchange from David Thorne*, you need to. Right now.arobin 048

Story goes :

Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a lost poster. This is their email correspondence...
Read from top to bottom….

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi
I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing since then so I was wondering if you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.
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This is the only photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old. missing on Harper street and my phone number.
Thanks Shan.
From:David Thorne

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking news. Luckily I was sitting down when I read your email and not half way up a ladder or tree. How are you holding up? I am surprised you managed to attend work at all what with thinking about Missy out there cold, frightened and alone... possibly lying on the side of the road, her back legs squashed by a vehicle, calling out "Shannon, where are you?"

Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.37am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

yeah ok thanks. I know you dont like cats but I am really worried about mine. I have to leave at 1pm today.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
I never said I don't like cats. Once, having been invited to a party, I went clothes shopping beforehand and bought a pair of expensive G-Star boots. They were two sizes too small but I wanted them so badly I figured I could just wear them without socks and cut my toenails very short. As the party was only a few blocks from my place, I decided to walk. After the first block, I lost all feeling in my feet. Arriving at the party, I stumbled into a guy named Steven, spilling Malibu & coke onto his white Wham 'Choose Life' t-shirt, and he punched me. An hour or so after the incident, Steven sat down in a chair already occupied by a cat. The surprised cat clawed and snarled causing Steven to leap out of the chair, slip on a rug and strike his forehead onto the corner of a speaker; resulting in a two inch open gash. In its shock, the cat also defecated, leaving Steven with a wet brown stain down the back of his beige cargo pants. I liked that cat.Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

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From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.24am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah thats not what I was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
It's a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Thats just stupid. Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in colour please. Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.46am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a few years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I don't come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto Facebook and look out of the window. I am willing to overlook this faux pas due to you no doubt being preoccupied with thoughts of Missy attempting to make her way home across busy intersections or being trapped in a drain as it slowly fills with water. I spent three days down a well once but that was just for fun. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.


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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.59am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

This is worse than the other one. can you make it so it shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing missy off it? I just want it to say Lost.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.21am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you. Thanks.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.32am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear Shannon,
I don't have a cat. I once agreed to look after a friend's cat for a week but after he dropped it off at my apartment and explained the concept of kitty litter, I kept the cat in a closed cardboard box in the shed and forgot about it. If I wanted to feed something and clean faeces, I wouldn't have put my mother in that home after her stroke. A week later, when my friend came to collect his cat, I pretended that I was not home and mailed the box to him. Apparently I failed to put enough stamps on the package and he had to collect it from the post office and pay eighteen dollars. He still goes on about that sometimes, people need to learn to let go. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed instructions.
Regards, David.


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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.47am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know, but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of this. If anybody calls and says "I haven't seen your orange cat but I did find a black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car, do you want it?" you can politely decline and save yourself a costly veterinarian bill.

I knew someone who had a basset hound that had its hind legs removed after an accident and it had to walk around with one of those little buggies with wheels. If it had been my dog I would have asked for all its legs to be removed and replaced with wheels and had a remote control installed. I could charge neighbourhood kids for rides and enter it in races. If I did the same with a horse I could drive it to work. I would call it Steven.

Regards, David.

From: Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.07pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Please just use the photo I gave you.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.22pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.34pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I didnt say there was a reward. I dont have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Can you just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten minutes and I still have to make photocopies of it.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 12.56pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

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From: Shannon Walkley

Date: Monday 21 June 2010 1.03pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

 

62 comments:

Mari said...

I got this is an e-mail a few weeks ago and about died laughing! I plan to put it on my blog too but haven't gotten around to it yet.
Thanks for making me laugh again!

Kara @ His, Hers and Ours said...

Hilarious!!! Thanks for the laugh!! And the funny looks I got from hubby while I was cracking up at the computer! HA!

Kelly said...

I love it!! I don't know what blog you saw it on but I think this is David Thorne's website:

http://www.27bslash6.com/index.html

Colleen said...

LOL!! Love it! It was long, but so worth the time.

I also kind of think the lady running from the building in the background of Kaishon's picture is pretty funny. :)

June Freaking Cleaver said...

If we weren't half a world away, I'd almost think that we have Missy right here - she looks an awful lot like our cat.

Thank you so much for posting this!

Katie said...

That cat "email" is hilarious!! :)

maricel said...

Oh my, that is so funny!

Honey Mommy said...

This cracks me up! After all the effort she spent emailing, it would have been easier for her to photocopy the picture and write the words she wanted!

I am going to have to show this to my husband. He'll love it!

Lolli said...

That is great!! Thanks for the laugh. :)

mom & son said...

Dear, your son is very handsome boy!
Not to mention, you have beautiful photos.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my gosh...that is too darn funny.
*artistic people are weird huh?*

Caseybumpinalong said...

This is SO FUNNY! Poor graphic artists, they are constantly being asked to just "whip something up" for free just because they can. I love David's responses!!

Modesty is Pretty said...

hahahaha I love this! And I don't even like cats! Well not dislike them but I don't like them, Like them =D this is too funny!

Mighty M said...

Love it love it love it! It cheered me up a little too!! :)

Katie said...

Oh my God! That is hilarious!!! I actually had tears started to form in my eyes from laughing. And my hubby enjoyed it too. Thanks for voting on my 'hair' blog post. =)

scrappysue said...

i've seen this before - it's absolutely hysterical, i'm glad it was a tonic for you! here's hoping next week is better

Ashley Sisk said...

I've never seen that before but that was hilarious!

theTsaritsa said...

I saw this for the first time a few months ago, but it never fails to get a chuckle out of me. I love how it keeps descending more and more into craziness.

Tracy P. said...

Oh my. I am dying of laughter over here. Does a round of uproarious laughter count as a workout? ;-)

And it's a good thing I glanced at the comments because I totally missed that lady running the other way behind Kaishon!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

That's sooo hilarious!! Thank you! I have to run & have my husband read it NOW!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

So very sad! Hope Missy was eventually found!

Sonya said...

I'm laughing so hard...LOL I totally needed that..thank you..LOL

Marilyn said...

Funny!

Buckeroomama said...

Thanks for the laugh!! I could relate to Shannon having worked with people who simply could not take briefs well, LOL!!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time!

Thanks, friend!

Gigi said...

Too funny! What a way to start a Friday morning!

Yeah, I work with people like that.

Formerly known as Frau said...

too funny! You always make me smile!

Maddy said...

You always find the cutest things!! That's why I ♥ you!! Have a great weekend :)

LceeL said...

This is freakin' hilarious.

Especially to me.

Because, as we all know, I LOVE cats.

Especially the white meat.

Manisha said...

That was hilarious!! I'm going to have to send this around to the people I know!

lifebythecreek said...

HAhahahaahaha.... oh, there is not enough space for all of the "ha ha's"! That is even better than the wedding photographer. I love that guy's sense of humor... I wonder if HE wrote the wedding photgrapher bit? He surely could have. HAHAHahahahaahaaa... oh, I love cats, but this was just stinkin' funny. Because really, it isn't about cats at all, is it? "It is MY wedding".... HAHAHAHahahahaahaaaaa... oh dear. I need a Kleenex. And possibly a Depends. :<)

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

O. M. Geeeee!!! I am wetting my pants I am laughing so hard. That's completely priceless Becky and completely made my day.

Bwahahaha!!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

LOL! I can't believe I haven't seen that one yet. SO what we designers want to tell people for real.

LBDDiaries said...

I'm laughing so hard I have tears runing down my cheeks - thank you so much for the belly laugh today!

LBDDiaries said...

I'm laughing so hard I have tears runing down my cheeks - thank you so much for the belly laugh today!

Kim said...

I don't know if this is for real, but it is funny. My son is a graphic artist and some of the renditions look like something he would do. Thanks for the laughs :).

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

That is too funny!
Love the shot of the little feet in the water!!

Mental P Mama said...

Green tea just came out of my nose. No reward for that, either.

Lori said...

LOL...love it! Hope your doing okay dear lady. I hope you get to do something that puts a smile on your face this weekend! :) XX

Maggie May said...

What a palaver! Makes a good story.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Jabacue said...

Very very clever! Enjoyed the 'ride', thanks.
Jim

Brooke said...

that's hilarious. i'd read it before but i was still laughing as i read it this time.

Kelly said...

David is pretty awesome. I have to say, though, as a graphic designer, I just couldn't help thinking of all the time he was wasting with the fakes. And the woman still got her free work. But still funny!

Baloney said...

Thanks for the laugh. That was hysterical!!

Lynn said...

So funny! And I love the beautiful photos on your blog.

Dan said...

I can go for the end result. What more could one desire.

Danielle said...

That is the first tim I have ever seen this...I am seriously in tears laughing so hard right now. That totally made my day!!! Oh and thank you for the kind comment on my blog about my i heart faces win...I didn't know if I was more excited that I won or the fact that you called me friend in the comments...=) I think I remember reading you are in Philly? Am I right? I grew up there, whereabouts are you? Thanks again, have a fabulously funny day!!! (I'm sure you always do!)
Danielle
Creatively Chic Photography

Hilary said...

Oh geesh this is so funny. Love it! Thanks for the laughs. :)

TechnoBabe said...

This is really funny. I am laughing and coughing. Thanks for the great post.

JamericanSpice said...

Oh goodness! I'm so glad I visited today. I'm crying!

I'm hurting.

I laughed so much! Whoooo!

Thank you.

Debbie said...

That is great! I hadn't seen it yet and it is so funny.

Fresh Mommy said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. That is the best thing I've read in a long time!!! THANK YOU for the laugh!!! :)

~Tabitha

Cinner said...

That was Hilarious, love sitting and reading all your posts that I have not had a chance to visit for awhile,glad you stopped by, take care.

KWQR said...

That was so freakin' funny... thanks for posting it. Seriously... I'm still laughing!
Cheers,
Kate

Queenie Jeannie said...

Sooooooooo funny!!! I've known quite a few "Davids" in my time - oy!!

Dianne said...

beyond brilliant!!

OF SPRING AND SUMMER said...

Thank you for making me laugh!!! Very Funny!!
Ingrid x

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

OH MY GOD that is the funniest thing I've ever read. My kids and I got a HUGE kick out of it. Thanks for sharing!!!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Oh, my, word! I was reading this out loud to Jeff, explaining the posters. I had to stop so many times to compose myself. I'm a cat person, but I have to admit: THAT was funny!!!

Fire Wife Katie said...

Lol! That is awesome! Ahhh!

Adeena said...

Bwahahaha!!! That is hysterical!! :D

Still laughing...

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

That's the funniest thing I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing.