Gary Robinson Died Hungry…

John Cook has always reminded me of Edna Buchanan*, the scoop-crazy crime reporter for the Miami Herald who once overheard a colleague grumble about his garbage cans being stolen, only to appear suddenly at his cube with the breathless question: “Empty or full?”

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John had a similar reaction when he heard Avvo’s founders complain to us of being accidentally erased from the invitation list for the recent Naked Truth party. The rib John was gnawing fell to his plate; a drop of barbecue sauce hung from his chin so that he suddenly looked like a blood-starved predator.

As we noted in our post-party digest, John suggested going through the wiki history to find the culprits. We all laughed. But today he unveiled a major plot twist: the folks who had deleted Avvo from the list were in fact “the PR firm that represents Steve Berman, the Seattle lawyer who has filed a class action law suit against Avvo.”

John has been coming up with this stuff as long as I’ve known him, which has been almost exactly the extent of my professional career in Seattle.

When I first moved here with everything I owned crammed into a 10-foot U-Haul, I felt a little blue on walking into an empty house. But the first hopeful act in any move is to plug your telephone into the wall. Soon after I did, and well before it seemed anyone could have had my number, the phone rang.

On the other end of the line was John Cook, wanting to know what I was doing in Seattle. I didn’t know him from Adam, but I felt like I knew him already.

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*The title of our blog post was taken from the lede for an Edna Buchanan story about a man who was shot by a security guard at a fried-chicken stand for trying to push to the front of the line after the restaurant ran out of chicken: “Gary Robinson died hungry.”

**Several Redfin stories in the LA Times have been written by a colleague of Edna Buchanan.

*** Photo cropped via Picnik… what an amazing service!

Discussion

  • noname

    warm fuzzies all around

    • KINDERREND

      butt-loads and squib-fires, if ya ask me!

    • randrand run

      EDNA AIN'T THAT SMART-SHE AND HER MINIONS P-O'D THIS WITCH-AND THEN CRIED WHEN THE KARMA CAME AFTER HER FRIENDS! YOU SEE, SIR- IT IS QUITE SIMPLE-THERE EXISTS A POWER OF ULTIMATE FAIR PLAY AND RETRIBUTION IN THIS UNIVERSE-AND NO MATTER HOW ELITE, SMUG, OR GLORY ENSCONCED IN ONE'S OWN AGGRANDIZEMENT–THE POWER OF “THE ONE TRUTH” BURNS CLEAN THE FOUL CORRUPTIONS AND SHAKES THE EARTH TO THE CORE OF IT'S FOUNDATIONS-THEREIN, LIES THE “REAL POWER”—-

    • randrand run

      “NO NAME”—–EDNA'S ONE FRIEND THAT HAS OUTLIVED THE CURSE I LAID DOWN—-GOOD LUCK-SHOULD YOU LIVE SO LONG—!

  • http://realestate.mattgoyer.com Matt Goyer

    I don’t know about everyone else but I hate doing these large party RSVPs with a wiki. I waited several days after the event announcement and it still took me four tries to add myself to the list because of editing collisions.

    Death to wikis for party RSVPs!

    • KINDERREND

      She does seem to hang around with the gay-looking party crowds type individuals,-at least what iIHAVE SEEN-GOD BLESS HER-BUT DON'T MAKE THE GAYS TURN ON ME ALSO-THAT WOULD BE TO MANY ENEMIES!

  • KINDERREND

    YEH. BUT-BUT-BUT-BUT-BUT-SHE AND HER COP FRIENDS ALSO RUINED AND HASSLED A LOT OF INNOCENT CITIZEN'S LIVES WITH THOSE PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS-(Not smart, and n-o-t forgiven!) BECAUSE, IN THE END-”THE POPE IS, INDEED, C-A-T-H-O-L-I-C! ——- MUCH BEYOND THAT-SHE IS BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE CONSTANTLY-AND STANDING AROUND DRINKING BURNED COFFEE AT 7-11 AND EYEBALLING THE GREASY AND INDIGESTIBLE SAUSAGES CHURNING ON THE GRILL. IS IT CRIME SOLVING-OR SOME KIND OF HALF-FACTOID- FUELED VENDETTA??!——GOD ONLY KNOWS; AND MAY HE HAVE MERCY ON THE SOUL OF ONE EDNA BUCHANAN!.

  • KINDERREND

    She once looked great and got her facts straight-neither,sadly, is the case anymore! I NEVER LOOKED GOOD, AND HAVING GRADUATED FROM STETSON UNIVERSITY, A-L-W-A-Y-S GOT MY FACTS STRAIGHT-YO HELL WITH PLAYING TO AN AUDIENCE! THAT, DEAR EDNA, IS THE BASIC DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US-AND QUIT TRYING “TO MAKE A SOLK PURSE FROM A SOW'S EAR!!!!” IT MAKES ONE LOOK RIDICULOUS—-

  • runrandrand

    VALENTINE'S DAY FOR “THE WOMAN WHO STARES AT GOATS”"-THE ALIENZ WILL CIRCLE THE SAUCERS OVER EDNA'S HOUSE TONIGHT AND FORM A HEART SHAPE—–HAHAHAHAHAH! AT THAT AGE-THAT IS THE NICEST THING WE HAVE LEFT IN OUR APPRECIATION ARSENAL TO SHOW—