Please, please, be calm. I am here. I am here for you.
Yep, I have been slackin in my forum responsibilities lately. I've allowed you nut cases to run wild, to take every advantage of the forum.
Fact is, I been busy. Seriously. Stuff I been doing:
1. New manuals -- We have several new lines coming out, from a stereo in-ceiling speaker (RC6s) to high end in-walls (LCi Series) to the new line of 2003 RTi's. Plus, car stuff! New Polk/MOMO loudspeakers, and amazing new Polk/MOMO Amplifiers. Very complex stuff. And between the complexity of the manuals, and the lack of communication between marketing and engineering, it's a truly tedious and troublesome project, making manuals. But look at all these new Polk products for you!
2. Collateral materials -- Brochures, Power Point Presentations, Circuit City collateral, Sales & Marketing Guides for the sales guys, even newspaper stuff (for a newspaper that keeps being put off for all the other priorities)... This stuff is keeping me busy busy busy! Sounds great, huh? Hard at work being creative and writing! Yeah. Keep that image in mind. I will allow you to labor under that illusion. But look at all this great branding material promoting Polk Audio for you!
3. Meetings! What would corporate life be without em? And let me be not-the-first to tell you, nothing -- NOTHING -- saps your energy, ruins a good day, puts the kibosh on any creativity you may have like a good, long, serious meeting. Especially when you're me, cause I'm the notetaker! [Grumble grumble...]
4. See the clock? It says "five pee-em." That means, get out of the office and go do other stuff before you mow down your co-workers with a semi-automatic. "It sounds like some dangerous psychotic killer wrote this. And this buttoned-down schizo could probably snap at any moment and stalk from office to office with an Armalite AR-180 carbine gas-operated semi-automatic..." (That's from FIGHT CLUB.) So in order to keep what's left of my sanity, I leave and do other stuff. I renovate houses. I watch movies. I even instituted a local bi-monthly happy hour for myself and a small group of other humans, just to get myself out of the house and possibly meet some new meat. (Lookitme! Gettin out of the house!)
When I'm not painting the town black, I'm watching movies. It's what you do when you have a Polk Audio home theater system, am I wrong?
Short list of some recently watched stuff:
THE BOURNE IDENTITY -- Check the year: 1988. This was a great DVD, widescreen, of the 1988 TV movie of Ludlum's "Bourne Identity," starring Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith. It held my interest for 3 hours, and was hellaviolent and much more interesting than the cheeseball recent big screen remake. And Jaclyn Smith gets raped and beaten. Ok!
CATCH 22 -- Utterly unwatchable. Skip it.
GRAND ILLUSION -- One of the world's great films, and a great if muddled escape thriller a la STALAG 17 and THE GREAT ESCAPE (both of which came much later of course). A nice new restoration by Criterion DVD.
3:10 TO YUMA -- In which Glenn Ford plays one of the most evilest cowboy bad guys ever! GREAT!
ONE HOUR PHOTO -- In which Robin Williams (and the great bassy soundtrack) really surprises as a psycho working at your local WalMart. A great DVD and very effective film!
LAST TANGO IN PARIS -- Supposed to be great (and filled with porn). It's neither. Skip it.
3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR -- Pretty Robert Redford, yet to become a great actor, plays a spy let loose by the organization in this tense but ultimately empty thriller.
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON -- An amazing Universal Monster Movie DVD, restored beautifully and filled with extras! And the creature, it's still damn scary, just like when I was 10! How the heck did that guy stay underwater like that?! It MUST be real! Echoes of this film come all the way down to JAWS, and that's why JAWS is so effective!
WITNESS -- Good to see again in widescreen DVD.
A SHOT IN THE DARK -- Supposed to be the "lost, funniest" "Pink Panther" film. But it's not funny at all, and should stay lost.
THE HUNTER -- Steve McQueen's last film, and while it's sort of soft around the edges it still packs the McQueen wallop when it needs to. Funniest thing is watching McQueen, an Indy-level race car driver, play a guy who can't even parallel park.
I recommend NETFLIX (http://www.netflix.com/) to anyone who likes to watch movies on DVD. Netflix keeps em coming fast and one-after-another!
So you see, I have been busy. Polk Audio is keeping me busy. I'm doing stuff. I'm not ignoring you, I just can't hear you.
(Caption: Micah hard at work in his office, tending the fires of the Polk Audio marketing machine.)
And I feel sorta bad about it. I have had this little post-it note stuck to my telephone for the last MONTH to call Bruce back and chat about classical music and stuff, and I have yet to call him and he probably hates me now. Don't hate me, Bruce. You know I'm here for you.
I'm here for ALL of you, my children! "I absolve you!"