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Sunday, January 14, 2007 :::


My family celebrated xmas late this year due to some inconveniently-timed vacations. But that's okay, because it gave me some extra time to work on a Shutterfly hardcover photobook for everyone. You see, I had thoughtfully gathered some old digital photographs of my entire family and organized them with titles and captions. With my trusty Photoshop, I created a custom cover image that I hoped would be suitable for display in any home, and I even splurged to add a few extra pages to accommodate some cute photos that I was positive everyone would appreciate. I was excited about the final results, which were printed and mailed to me earlier this week. All of those hours of sifting through photos, laying out nearly thirty pages, and designing the cover were finally going to pay off:

Nieces and Newphews. Nice work, dan. Your thoughtful (and not exactly inexpensive) gift is forever besmirched by an errant 'w'. I tried to make myself feel better by comparing it to misprinted stamps, where an upside-down airplane only increases the item's value, but that proved ineffective. Oh well, maybe next year someone will get me spell check for xmas.

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errant "w"??? i did the same damn thing with a leatherbound book i had printed for a country music artist i went on tour with. i did the *same* thing, making a custom graphic for the cover image, with his name, and "photos by melissa mcgee", only my name - somehow - ended up spelled "mewlissa mcgee", as if i had never spelled my own name before. there's no going back on that, either. your book looks beautiful. at least you didn't misspell your own freaking name like a big ol' illiterate dumbass.

By Anonymous melissa mcgee, at 11:53 PM  

Sorry to rub salt in the wound... but having it by itself on its side kind of makes it stand out more... (whereas I totally read past it in your blog text).

You'll be laughing about it by next Christmas, I promise.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:08 AM  

it's the thought that counts and if your family is as stupid as mine - no one will notice.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 AM  

That's weird. We were both cursed with errant Ws.

And I already pointed out the mistake to everyone. I didn't want anyone to point it out to me and think that I didn't ever notice it.

By Blogger dan, at 9:44 AM  

that's clwassic!

= ; - )

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 PM  

Dan, I didn't see it on the album but I noticed your title right away and I thought you were just being your clever self and were going to introduce us to a "new" nephew of yours. If it's ok with you, I'll overlook the error and just go on thinking your clever.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:59 PM  

Of course, I meant to say I'd go on thinking you're clever...because naturally it wouldn't be spelled "your" clever, because you don't have a clever.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 PM  

Out with the oldphews, in with the newphews, I always say.

By Blogger Jake, at 4:21 PM  

I like that gift! Very thoughtful and most people really appreciate those kinds of presents. I'm a huge fan of pictures too.

By Blogger CarmenSinCity, at 4:35 PM  

It's still a super cute cover, and a great idea I may steal for next christmas!

By Anonymous Sarah, at 5:39 PM  

Newphew is the new nephew.

By Blogger Monkey, at 6:52 PM  

At least you didn't call them "Cuntsins".

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:33 PM  

If you wouldn't have pointed it out, I wouldn't have noticed. Yes anonymous, I am stupid (but I dare you to meet me in person and say it to my face).

The book was absolutely FABULOUS! I'm showing it to everyone I know (which ain't many, but they are all very impressed) and the arrant w just makes it all that much more personal.

I loved it. Best gift ever! Thanks baby brother, you're the best!

p.s. sorry about the "inconveniently -timed vacation.

By Blogger Colleen, at 10:26 PM  

I think you should work an errant "w" into every Christmas message from this point onwards. As the old saying goes, if you have a hump, throw glitter on it.

By Blogger Lubin, at 7:48 AM  

With any luck, maybe your family thinks you bought some Japanese import photo album and you're trying to pass it off as home made and not just bad at spelling.
And Lubin, I've never heard that saying before, but I've gotta say I like it. I like it a lot.

By Anonymous Gwenhwyfar, at 9:49 AM  

I think it still looks nice, if that helps. You could have made everyone think you've become a super christian and told them that "only god can make a perfect thing." someone told me that about quilts once - that's why there's usually an error in handmade quilts or something.

By Blogger Biglug, at 6:54 PM  

I think it is the best gift ever! (Next to the "Dan in every novel" bookmark from the year before.) Funny thing is when Dan asked us to find the error, we all questioned the spelling of "niece".

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:06 PM  

You spelled one of your Newphew's names wrong on the Birthday page too. Take a look Bro...

By Blogger Trekgeekscott, at 9:26 AM  

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