My brother is a huge Coheed and Cambria fan. Last year, my parents got it in their heads that they’d buy him a new iPod for his birthday, and they mentioned that to me, I offered to chip in for a customized case: polished steel on one side with his name etched on the cover, and the Co & Ca “Keywork” logo airbrushed on the back. I knew a shop in Madison that could do the artwork, so I bought a case, left the instructions, and was told to come back in a week to pick up the finished product.
I went back to the store to retrieve the case, but I was mortified to discover that my brother’s name as misspelled on the cover: “Tim Buaman.” I pointed out the error, but while the manager offered to fix it for free, it would be another week before I could get the case and mail it back to New Jersey—I’d miss my brother’s birthday by several days.
So I went home and sent my parents an email that started something like this:
Subject: Engraver Mistakes
Dear Mom and Dad,
I write you in this letter that states…