this made my day

today was a fascinating interesting day where i wasnt being interviewed by some cool companies, but they were putting their feelers out

tomorrow i will go through this again with some others, and next week some more are scheduled.

but i blew it at dinner. big time. and now im so embarrassed.

sometimes people want the full tony, sometimes they just want me to smile and bust 1 PG-13 joke and thats it.

sometimes you think you know what they want, but i never do. even when i pre interview them.

anyways when i got home i saw this comment had been left by a former Times employee

and it made everything so much better. more proof that people should leave more comments, cuz they do have  the power to heal

Tony,

I remember helping write the internal memo that you were joining the LA Times staff (back when I used to manage internal communications there). Such hoopla! Everyone was so excited to have snagged you and to start building The Times blog presence. Hard to believe it’s come to an end already.

Kudos to you for putting LAT blogs on the map. As you say, with Andrew’s help, you really rewrote the history of the newsroom.

Best of luck to you on your next adventure!

Amber

1,2,3, awwwwwww

a former boss emailed me today

to say good job on my “gorgeous goodbye letter”.

isnt that sweet? email is the best.

wanna know what else is the best? email addresses that dont change, that are easy to remember.

tony at tony pierce dot com for example.

a long time ago someone said you should sell tonypierce.com email addresses.

i was all, that is quite possibly the worst idea ive ever heard.

who would want pedro@tonypierce.com

and the person said, it would be kitchy, like how converse should sell @chucktaylor.com email addresses.

so because im in a giving mood, and because i wanna prove my friend crazy

for a limited time i will give away for free @tonypierce.com email address redirects.

so if you have some crazy 7jy4hy8@msn.com address

and you wanna change it to paul@tonypierce.com

just email me the requested @tonypierce.com name and the email address you want it redirected to

and i’ll hook it up.

free.

you must request your request from the email address in question, other than that, knock yourself out.

coolest thing i did in sin city?

hard rock vegas, the keith richards room

although the xbi was correct in putting me up in the keith richards room at the hard rock

the coolest place i went to was The Pinball Museum aka The Pinball Hall of Fame, a recommendation of Mr Matt Welch

its a huge space filled with pinball machines from the 50s to today.

crazy rare ones like this two-way pinball machine, all in perfect rows

most are playable and in perfect condition.

 

most of the games are either 25 cents for 3 balls or 50 cents for 3 balls, depending on the electronics.

but if your a master like moi you can get close to one of your old faves like Firepower and totally own in it 3 balls.

not sure who is behind this dreamland, but there were three guys in there totally fixing old machines

putting stronger flippers in there, better bumpers.

and even though playing them was so sweet, what surprised me were the memories that rushed back to me via the sounds.

sounds i hadnt heard in decades.

sounds that sent me directly to random arcades of my youth.

kids today with their nintendo DS’s and Sony PSPs and iphones will never understand all the mental notes you once had to have

regarding which driving range or 7-11 or magazine stand had video games

and what were the hours and were they cool about making change.

pinball museum even made change beautifully.

they had this machine where you gave it a $20 bill and it spit out 3 $5 bills and $5 of change.

in all my days i have never seen that.

i played a lot of games yesterday before hitting the road but my favorites were

Black Knight, Funhouse and the Star Wars pinball machine. ahhhhhhh.

i get the sweetest emails

but rest assured, nothing in here is true.

i wasnt drugged in vegas by a group of undercover superheros called the xbi

who took me from one hotel to another and left behind a funny note and poker chips.

and had a car waiting for me to take me to the pinball hall of fame.

im just a normal person with amazing photoshop skills and the imagination of a teen.

and a lot of time on his hands.

and super sweet friends.