Programming Update

March 26, 2018

Faithful Whatnauts might have noticed an unexpected lack of episodes for the last couple of weeks, and also might be wondering what’s behind the sudden disappearance, and relative radio silence about it beyond a brief couple of tweets last week. The reasons for our disappearance come down to what I’m sure everyone expected: Real life intruded, and we had to take a step back for a second. On a mundane level, I was dealing with a sick dog and a sick wife simultaneously, but far more importantly, Jeff’s dad was very sick and passed away this weekend. We went back and forth about whether or not we’d try and do an episode last week, as much from the “Maybe a distraction would be good” angle as anything, but circumstances conspired against that happening.

As things currently stand right now, we’re planning to try and record again this week with the intent of having a new episode next weekend, but as I’m sure you can all understand, this is a tentative plan that might change. Both Jeff and I have been really grateful for your patience and understanding during the break, as well as feeling (unreasonably, on Jeff’s part) guilty about not updating everyone on the situation sooner, but I hope you can forgive our uncertainty and nervousness about sharing details earlier. We hope to be back soon, with something resembling our traditional snark and perhaps kinder words to say about Walt Simonson’s Fantastic Four; until then, really, thank you all for sticking around even while we’re not saying anything.

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22 comments on “Programming Update

  1. Levi P Tompkins Mar 26, 2018

    My heartfelt condolences. Take all the time you guys need. Jeff, please don’t feel guilty. I love this podcast and you guys to a degree which would probably make both of you terribly uncomfortable, but I don’t think any of us would ever begrudge you any amount of time to deal with what is a genuine tragedy.

    I think anything else I say would be trite, try and take care of yourselves and each other.

    • All the best to you both, especially Jeff. Please don’t feel any guilt and take all the time you feel you need. Levi said it far more eloquently than I, but please take care.

      • Voord 99 Mar 27, 2018

        Jeff, please accept my condolences as well for the loss of your father. This must be a tremendously difficult time for you, and, as everyone else here has already said, there is absolutely no reason why you should feel guilty about taking as much time as you need.

  2. Bruce Baughh Mar 26, 2018

    Oh, golly, you guys. Jeff, greatest sympathy from here. Remember to be as kind to yourself – including the judgments you make about how much you’re doing, the way you’re grieving, etc. – as you would be to a good friend in the same situation.

  3. John Q Mar 27, 2018

    We miss you guys, but I agree with the other comments that you should take care of yourselves first.

  4. Robert G Mar 27, 2018

    While we miss you guys, it’s completely understandable. My heart goes out to Jeff. And I hope your wife and pup are feeling better. Peace.

  5. Jeff, my condolences to you and your family.

    Graeme, I completely empathize with your situation.

    Thank you for the update, and, please, take all the time you need. There’s no hurry.

    Be well. Thoughts are with you both,

    chris

  6. sorry for your loss, Jeff. Take the time you need.

  7. David M Mar 27, 2018

    Jeff, I’m sorry for your loss. Graeme, thank you so much for taking time to update us. I hope your wife and dog are soon feeling better. One of the things I enjoy about this podcast is it sounds like you’re having fun. Nuts to guilt, I’ll be here when you think it might be fun, not an obligation.

  8. Layne Mar 27, 2018

    All the best to you guys, take care of yourselves.

  9. Ed Corcoran Mar 27, 2018

    My condolences to Jeff. You should take as much time as you need; the healing takes as long as it takes. My mom passed away unexpectedly a little over a year ago and listening to Wait What gave me a lot of comfort during that period.

    I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

  10. Zachary Adams Mar 27, 2018

    My condolences to you, Jeff, and to your family. Graeme, thanks for filling us in. We’ll all still be here when you get back, and in the meantime take care of yourselves.

  11. Matt for Hire Mar 27, 2018

    My condolences, Jeff. You guys take whatever time you need.

  12. Hey all,

    My heartfelt condolences. I’ll miss the podcast, but you should take as much time as you need.

    -Jamaal

  13. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jeff.

    And yes, by all means, take care of yourselves and your families first. We can wait.

  14. John Kane of the UK Mar 28, 2018

    Guys, I got nothing for you but all my sympathy and a million wishes that all your tomorrow’s are better than your present. All the best from me and mine to thee and thine at this less than spectacular time.
    Stay strong, like they do in the COMICS!!!

    Best from your pal, John.

  15. Nate A. Mar 29, 2018

    Just want to express my condolences and join the chorus of “take your time and take of yourselves.”

  16. DJ_Convoy Mar 29, 2018

    No worries; love and condolences to all.

  17. Jeff Lester Mar 30, 2018

    Thank you, everyone! I’m really touched. Most of the time I think I’m pretty fine and then I realize stuff that I’m not tracking at all—and it’s times like that when your compassion and generosity toward me reminds I can and should treat myself that way, too. It’s appreciated, and it helps. Thank you.

  18. Jeff, my deepest condolences and Graeme, I hope your home is fully mended. You really don’t need any further coaching from me, but please take the time off you need and come back when you’re ready.

    May Empress Audrey watch over you both.

  19. Mike Loughlin Apr 3, 2018

    Jeff, my deepest sympathy for you and your family. Graeme, I hope everybody’s recovered on your end. Do whatever you need, we absolutely understand if there are further unexpected breaks.

  20. Just seeing this now, after listening to the most recent podcast. So sorry to hear about your father, Jeff. I hope your family is holding up.

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