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Friday, July 11, 2008

Brad Was the First Sane Person I Met at the Paper

posted by on July 11 at 15:33 PM

After I quit my job to join this little rag five years ago, Josh and Dan invited me for a little post-work celebration on Friday afternoon. I was a little ragged, having just given told my boss that I was going to work for the competition that morning. Anyway, I showed up at Bill’s off Broadway half an hour after Josh had told me people would be there, and found one guy with brooding away at a table big enough for twelve. I think we said nine words between us. It was an awkward million years. I thought, “Well, I guess THIS guy didn’t want to hire me.”

Two things I didn’t realize at the time: 1) Brad—like most writers, including me—is actually sort of shy. 2) Brad is a wonderful dose of sanity and calm—a gatekeeper to certain Stranger staffers’ more, um, dramatic impulses. I AM TALKING TO YOU, SAVAGE Case in point: That very same evening, before Savage had even said hello, the VERY FIRST THING HE DID was undo my bra (yes, through my shirt. It’s a skill he claims—CLAIMS—he learned doing drag.) Another time, as we were having an argument ABOUT THE DUKE RAPE CASE, Savage absentmindedly dropped trou (in fairness, to change into shorts for racquetball). On those and countless other occasions, Brad has been the guy who turns around and says, “Dude, what the fuck?”

Who will say “Dude, what the fuck?” for me now, Mr. Steinbacher? WHO?!

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I am really desperate to see someone post a long negative rant about Brad. This shit is getting all Chicken Soup for me. Come on, where's the bitching and moaning we all come here for?

Posted by K | July 11, 2008 3:52 PM

I have to agree, they're both kind of shy in person.

Kind of strange when you think about it ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 11, 2008 3:55 PM

@1) Agreed.

Posted by Bradley Steinbacher | July 11, 2008 3:57 PM

"Who will say 'Dude, what the fuck?'"...

Don't worry ---- everybody at SLOG just loves saying FUCK constantly........

b-o-r-i-n-g word choice again

Posted by Hartiepie | July 11, 2008 4:07 PM

Fuck what dude?



Posted by michael strangeways | July 11, 2008 4:21 PM

The inclusion of both the phrases "little rag" and "little ragged" in this post is nice, and poetic.

Posted by eustaceia | July 11, 2008 5:21 PM

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