Yay, I got jPod in the mail today. I haven’t read it though, I just opened the Amazon-package (ah Amazon, the e-Santa) to confirm they sent the correct book. Wow and it’s thicker than I thought! Looking at the cover with the Legoids reminded me of Microserfs, which also had a Legoid on its cover, and that made me think of how I got introduced to Douglas Coupland… [cue flashback sequence...]
It felt nice, being a member of what I’d call the jet-set, lounging around the departure terminal waiting for my flight. Ah, those were the days, sitting at the airport in Sydney feeling like an international businessman. Was it pretense? I was going to take a jet, going home for my annual summer break. I’d get a bite to eat (even if it were only McDonald’s, hah), sit where you get to watch the planes, or browse the stores. I particularly liked the bookstore.
And that’s where I found Microserfs. It was probably the title that first caught my eye, and that it’s about (fictional) ex-Microsoft employees interested me even more. So I bought it, sat on a nice comfy chair, and started reading.
And read, boarded the plane, and kept reading. I wonder if I finished the book on the plane or if the plane made it to Jakarta first. It was funny, it was intriguing (I wasn’t sure if it was really fictitious or if the stroy was real, why haven’t I heard about their product, I wondered). I became a Douglas Coupland fan.
So there I was, holding the Amazon book-wrapper with jPod inside, it’s interesting how that random sighting of that book back then lead to that moment just a few hours ago, some 8 years and 16.5kkm (Kilo-kilometers, Megameters?) apart.