Quite honestly, not my favorite question in the world. By all means, I ask people about their professions, but only after warming up a bit in other areas. I never lead with it that’s for sure.


I view it as an attempt to categorize me right off the bat. If I answer the question that digital marketing is my occupation, most of the older generation (and even my Gen X people) don’t quite know how to quantify that. It would be easier to answer I’m an accountant, real estate agent… something they know and understand. So I get to explain what I do in the internet marketing world, much of the time to squinty eyes.


I honestly view my profession as a tool. I am more than setting up traffic generation and conversion strategies. My heart isn’t completely into all of that and the tech-science that goes into it, but I do like engaging with people and promoting products that actually give value to this world. So I do enjoy it.


The most surprising thing for me in putting this book together, is I have never felt more alive and fulfilled while working on my laptop; far more so than fussing over landing page designs. The long hours seemed to be just minutes as I have struggled to find the clarity required to reach a broad audience mostly unfamiliar with the sport of water polo, to lay the foundation so I can show how water polo could be a metaphor for my life. I have relished this type of explaining more so than describing to a partner the difference between traffic sources or online buying habits based upon demographic marketing principles.


It is also not my intent for you to catch all of my water polo lingo, colloquialisms, and many other references I draw from the era and my diverse background. I do throw a lot at you… it’s like drinking from a firehose. Please just hang with me, especially if you are a female reader because I can't define every single nuance of the sport, all the people involved, or high school life in Southern California in the late 80s. That would take several volumes.


I have certainly reflected on these events throughout the years. Now with a more developed life-view, I have realized how truly unique and extraordinary those days were — I thought everyone had a high school experience like mine! I feel it is a story worth telling with a potentially different takeaway for everyone.


I also have had to reconcile that I was not your stereotypical water polo athlete and embrace that non-athletic side of me as well; that my eclectic homelife, happy go lucky nature, and the high school I attended helped me to be a bit different from everybody else. I try and pass my unorthodox view on life to my kids and I have found that I would even like to share it with you, the reader. Something that has taken me a bit to be completely comfortable with.


Hence, today I don’t like questions that are an attempt to lump me in with a group of individuals or some other type of groupthink; because water polo and my past taught me that I can stand tall just being my unique self.


Even if some people don’t quite get me.


Brandon


“So, what do you do?”

Okay, you found someone who will listen to your boring stories. Everything's not an anecdote. You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing or interesting. You're a miracle. Your stories have none of that. They're not even amusing accidentally. Honey, meet Brandon Douglas... he's got some amusing anecdotes. And here's a gun so you can blow your brains out! You'll thank me for it. I could tolerate any insurance seminar. For days, I could listen to them go on and on. They'd say, "How can you stand it?" And I'd say, "'Cause I've read Keeper. I can take anything." You know what they'd say? "I know what you mean. The digital marketing guy?" It's like going on a date with a Chatty Cathy doll. There should be a string on your chest that I pull out. Except I wouldn't pull it out, you would! Ah!! Ah!! Ah!! Ah!! By the way, when you're telling these little water polo stories, here's a good idea. Have a point. It makes it more interesting for the reader.

Neal Page

Book Reviews

April 5th at 2:05pm

"A complete barrage of 80s imagery."

Mrs. Kinetta

November 19 at 10:51am

"Actually...I rather liked it.. Um...some of the words I didn't understand, but I found the 80s imagery quite effective. And, um, interesting rhythmic devices which seemed to counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor of the humanity (Vogonity)... of the writer's soul, which contrives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate, er... whatever it was about."

Arthur Dent

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