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Season 3, Issue 2: Britney Coltrane
1. I ❤️HR
The past two weeks Barry and Lettini have been building our next little project, and I tried to deal with the company-side of work: setting up payroll, health insurance, and making sure we’re compliant (hello, bureaucracy!). Back in the day when Danny and I started Iridesco, we had to get on the phone (this was before the iPhone and we had a real telephone) and call people—like a health insurance broker—and fill out a bunch of paperwork.
It’s a different world today and now there are apps for all this HR quagmire. We’re using Justworks, which seems good enough. It’s impressive how they’re able to conceal most of the stink of the rotten business of health insurance (such a shitty, gross, and prohibitively expensive product).
Season 3, Issue 1: Whale, Hello There!
Dear friends, we have not been good at writing this newsletter regularly. But writing is hard work, and there’s only so much time we have, and there was the winter break and Shawn kept getting sick—we have many excuses, how much time do you have?
Season 1, Issue 5: Promotes Regularity
Good Enough is taking a summer pause! We each have travel plans lined up for the summer. We each have at least two children in our homes, begging for attention. And we each truly appreciate extended breaks as a means of reinvigorating ourselves to the ever important task of building bemusing things. So while you definitely shouldn’t expect anything from us ever, especially don’t expect any more newsletters over the summer. As the Nintendo Wii would say, why not take a break?
Season 1, Issue 4: Issue 4-evah
0. It’s Been a Long Time
Sorry 4 the silence these past weeks. Life happened fast and furious. Barry’s daughters all had marching band, and he chaperoned 4 the parades. His eldest daughter also went and got a boyfriend. Shawn’s been feeling a little under the weather, and his two boys graduated. His sons haven’t gotten a girlfriend or boyfriend yet.
Get used to it as there won’t be a newsletter next week, either. It’s good to keep expectations low.
Now on to 4 things 4 this 4th issue.
Season 1, Issue 3: Fool Me Three Times
This will be a short one. Barry’s summer vacation has started, and Shawn is deflated after the Warr…iors... sob… It’s just one game, right?
1. No One Likes a Giveaway
Well that didn’t happen. There were no entries to last week’s giveaway. If you recall the rules were (1) tell someone about this newsletter and (b) leave a comment saying as much. As my mother-in-law says to me literally every time I see her, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” —BH
Season 1, Issue 2: Just the Two of Us
0. Everyone Likes a Giveaway
Stick around to hear how you can win a fabulous prize by hardly doing anything. Take it away, fellas…
1. Still Positive
Did you know that once you acquire COVID-19 your PCR test can be positive for up to 90 days? Did you know that the at-home tests can also be positive for up to 90 days? So if you’re ever trapped in your bedroom hoping to get an early exit for, say, your daughter’s massive graduation party, don’t think you can negative test your way out of there. The bouncer will not (or should not) accept your ticket and will turn you away. —BH
Season 1, Issue 1: The Loneliest Number
1. Confirmed Positive
After two years of running from reality, it has finally happened for my family. I have tested positive for SARS Coronavirus-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. For this honor, I would like to thank our society’s collective tiring of virus mitigation. It truly takes a village. —BH
This week we are celebrating family birthdays and child graduations (Barry will probably be missing his eldest’s graduation party 😭). Life has taken over and said, hey, maybe don’t plan on getting too much done this week. Shawn is working on the next issue of his zine, Neophyte, while Barry has been working on his personal website to a concerningly addictive degree. We also wrote this newsletter, which has quickly become our favorite tool for procrastination!
Issue 0: Collector's Item
1. Oh, hello.
We didn’t see you there. How are you doing?
You’ve somehow ended up with a collector’s item in your hands: the very first Good Enough Newsletter. This is the beginning of what we (Barry Hess & Shawn Liu) hope to be a years-long series of communiqués with our rabid fans. We call our fans rabid because there are so few of them. Animals might roam in packs, but rabid animals? Well, they’re usually out on their own, attacking innocent bystanders.
(Our fans wouldn’t attack anyone, though, would they? Who’s to say.)
More to come.
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