The Final Episode

Seinfeld is still my favorite television show. I know there hasn’t been a new episode in 14 years, but there is something about those characters that really resonates with me. I’ve always liked George the best (I’m sure it has something to do with his husky disposition, follicle misfortune, and that he worked for the New York Yankees). I feel like no matter what incident in life that comes my way, Seinfeld has partly prepared me for it. At times the show may not have prepared me how to respond to certain incidents, but at the very least I can find the humor in any situation. Now whether anyone else can find the same humor has yet to be determined.

The only thing that bugs me about Seinfeld is how it ended. If you recall the final episode closed with all of the main characters being placed in jail for their inappropriate response to a bad incident (carjacking). I understand the underlying current that the characters lack character but you can’t put the same characters on trial for all of the things we had grown to love about them. Maybe the writers wanted to create an unsatisfied appetite for more so that we will always yearn for more of the show.

Regardless of how it ended, it’s still my favorite show. Since that last episode I haven’t really found a sitcom that I find as much joy in. Maybe that’s me just getting older and not liking change or keeping up with the times. Maybe because there are no sitcoms any more. Perhaps it is my affinity for the ’90s. The closest show that I enjoy today is the Big Bang Theory, but it is missing something. It’s good. It’s just not the same.

So there’s good news and bad news.

First, the bad (so far as we’re concerned): This is our last installment of IBD. Today’s post will be the end. Luckily for us, Paul and I are not in jail (because we know our wives or Lisa aren’t going to bail us out). Paul wrote on Monday about Closing Quotes and ended with an apology of sorts. I want to say thank you to the community revolving around IBD.

Over the last three years the encouragement that you have provided us has been nothing short of amazing. I’ve heard my wife say to my friends, “Don’t encourage him.” Now I know what she means. We appreciate your input, comments, and the enjoyment (okay, maybe that’s a reach) of our little project.

This blog began as an idea to publish our email conversations that we were already having and to also sell books. Well, at least we published our conversations. We hope at least we perpared you for something (insert your own joke here).

So how do we end this on a positive note? I’m not sure. It is bothering us seeing it end. When I feel the anxiety welling, I think back to relationships that have been formed because of a silly blog. Much like the character witnesses that came forward in the Seinfeld finale trail, you have been a big part of our run. At times when writing was an exercise in discipline, we found inspiration from you.

But wait, there’s more.

The good news: On April 2, we are coming back in a different way (much like Teen Wolf 2, we know how well that turned out). Our new project has been titled Media Platypus. Why? you may ask. Because Paul wanted to see if I could spell platypus and seriously, what’s more fun than an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal.

We live in a changing landscape and we have to change. Otherwise I would still be wearing puffy shirts and stonewashed jeans.

On the new site, we are going to take a different approach to what we write about, what we share, and how it is presented. You can count on it being ten times as funny as IBD (10 x 0 still = 0; I’ve got mad math skills). If you feel so inclined, we’ve got a Media Platypus Facebook page ready for you to like, as well as a new Twitter handle, @MediaPlatpyus. The website will be www.MediaPlatypus.com (though there’s not much to see there yet). If you don’t want to follow this new venture, we understand and we’ll go back to crying ourselves to sleep each night.

It’s been fun, thanks for everything. We’ll see you on the Plat.

10 thoughts on “The Final Episode

  1. Gobsmacked. Shocked. Not speechless, because I’m never speechless. I mean, do I even need to bother now spending my vacations taking pictures of funny signs? Is this because I finally gave in to my boss’ pressure and made our newsletter fully justified? And you’re going to leave us without so much as a final prediction for the World Series?

    Well, as Jerry said, “When you hit that high note, you say good-night and walk off.”

    But I assume there’ll be a Friends (and Nemeses) of IBD reunion get-together at a future national workshop.

  2. Thanks for ruining my Thursday. You guys better come back with some amazing Platypus jokes to publish every Monday and Thursday on the new site.

    This sucks.

  3. Well, darn. At least we’ll always have re-runs. And new opportunities to work “Oh, there you are, Perry!” into our conversations. So there’s that.

    Thanks for a fun blog, and I look forward to the new venture!!!!!! (Had to use some inappropriate punctuation for old time’s sake. You know, the demise of IBD might just take some pressure off.)

  4. Can the first entry on Media Platypus have a clip art of a platypus and a posting written entirely in comic sans? That would be awesome!

    You both have done an incredible job over the last three years, and I’ll see you on da platy!

    Thank you (can I carry my nickname over?)

  5. Its been a very helpful and entertaining project and book! See you on the next page and thanks!

  6. I have time to read IBD at work for the first time in weeks, only to find out that’s it’s over? Lame! *sigh* At least I still have baseball. And the platypus, quite possibly the coolest animal ever. I wish that I lived in an area with platypi (platypuses, platopodes?) so that I would have an excuse to interpret them. Thanks for making me smile (and, today, frown) IBD!

  7. I’m rather bummed you’re over and out since I’ve had some great laughs at your expense…
    Now you can perhaps have some laughs at my uncle’s expense, who is also in graphic design. A few of his posts remind me of some of the IBD posts. He just started his own blog and could use some readership from other like-minded individuals!
    http://crandallgrafixdesign.blogspot.com/
    Good luck with the next project!

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