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  • *intro music*

  • *finger snap*

  • A few months ago, I decided to get an office studio to work in,

  • so I could have a place for my soon-to-be local animator team.

  • Also, I realised how hard it was to work at home,

  • because it got way too comfy at times,

  • especially when I had my bed *literally* 2 feet away from my desk.

  • "I'll be with you soon, my love." -Domics 2k18

  • As some of you may have noticed, over the years

  • I've got additional help on my animations from my friends Jomm, Shho and Ehlboy.

  • Wait a minute, Dom...

  • You mean to tell me that you don't animate your videos all by yourself?!

  • Well, yeah, of course.

  • I wanted to try getting out videos more often

  • --minus these past months, because I was helping with setting up the Gaming Café--

  • so I thought I'd get even more help to take on some of the load.

  • Well, that's lame.

  • Too important to do everything yourself now, huuuh?

  • haaah?

  • Well, I still write the scripts myself and do the voice-overs.

  • I still animate some of the scenes, but I guess not a majority of it...?

  • I'm sorry to shatter your vision of me...?

  • Ya but...

  • thith other animator doeth everything by themthelveth...

  • Okay...

  • And how often do they post?

  • Once every 4 or 5 months.

  • Huh!

  • That's pretty scarce...

  • But understandable, given the time and effort it takes to make a coherent animation by themselves.

  • Ya, I get that, but I just wish they posted more often

  • (how can i describe this melody...)

  • Anyway... yeah, I wanted more aid on the videos.

  • I was cool with my 3 friends from California helping me out,

  • but sometimes the workload still proved to be a lot for us.

  • I also thought it'd be nice to be physically around the other people working on the same project.

  • I've usually just been cooped up in my room and...

  • I gotta admit, it got pretty lonely at times.

  • So, I got an office...

  • Made a post that I was hiring locally...

  • Hired some people...

  • And I realised I needed to get more equipment for them to work with.

  • I currently work on a Cintiq 13 HD as my main tablet.

  • And I thought, "That's probably more than enough for the others!".

  • So I decided to check if anyone was selling any used Cintiqs on Facebook Marketplace

  • and my favourite "your junk, my jewel" platform,

  • Kijiji!

  • The Canadian Craigslist alternative.

  • Well, Dom, why are you being cheap?

  • Why don't you just buy a new one?

  • Surely, you could afford it with yo millions of dollahs!

  • Well, surely, I can afford to also save some money when I can, right?

  • The tablets are used, but they work just fine.

  • And my animators don't mind, right guys?

  • *oh*

  • *shrug*

  • I managed to find four that were available, but they were all spread out around the Toronto area.

  • One was a 5-minute drive down the street of where I live.

  • Another was in downtown Toronto.

  • Another was at Seneca College.

  • And the last one wanted to meet at a Starbucks that was about 15 minutes away.

  • I asked when they were all available at their earliest convenience.

  • Downtown person was available the next day,

  • so I went and scooped that up on Friday.

  • The rest were free the day after.

  • The thing was, I had a dentist appointment Saturday morning,

  • which was a 40-minute drive away.

  • Don't ask why it's so far...

  • And then, I also scheduled the animators to come in later, at 1pm.

  • But it kinda worked out, because I could head to Senaca College

  • and one of the other sellers on the way back to the office.

  • Now, the Starbucks dude... was a bit more complicated.

  • Here's how that conversation went.

  • (like that voice)

  • (woah there m8)

  • f*bleep*

  • *bleep*

  • (Cash is Fine™)

  • All right, after 2 should be doable.

  • I agreed to this, because I needed to make sure I was at office before 1 to let my team in

  • and then I could just head out real quick to pick up the tablet.

  • I didn't get an update until Saturday morning.

  • (boi.)

  • Tchh... Okay...

  • So, I didn't know "after 2" meant "AT 2"...

  • But I thought it likely wouldn't be a problem.

  • I kind of got lost around the Senaca campus, because the girl's directions were a bit confusing,

  • and so that meeting got a little delayed, since we had trouble looking for each other.

  • Because *that* was late, I got to the other seller later than I wanted,

  • which meant I also got to the office later than I wanted.

  • Once I did, I still needed a bit of time to set some things up for my animators

  • and knew I couldn't make it for 2 o' clock.

  • Didn't get a reply for 20 minutes.

  • Here's the thing...

  • If you don't want to disclose your personal number to a stranger,

  • I get that.

  • That's fair.

  • But it would also be fair if you at least properly checked the only means of communications between us

  • as the time of meeting approaches,

  • especially if you're gonna send your daughter off at the transaction...

  • I received a reply 30 minutes later.

  • It was past 2...

  • (slowpoke)

  • Well, f*** me, OK.

  • I guess I should head out now!

  • I was able to set up my team quickly, so they were good to work while I was gone.

  • I drove there and got to the Starbucks about 12 minutes later, and rushed inside.

  • And then, I realised...

  • Tch...

  • I don't know what David's daughter looks like!

  • In fact, I don't even know what *David* looks like!

  • I had no frame of reference.

  • So, I had no choice, I had to use my deduction skills.

  • Except I kind of felt like a creep, just standing there at the entrance,

  • scanning the life forms in the room...

  • Like, if you get to a movie late and your friends saved you a seat,

  • you'd probably find them in less than 10 seconds of scanning.

  • I stood there for a good minute.

  • Like...

  • OK, she doesn't have anything that looks like a tablet...

  • and, uhh... that's a dude...

  • uhh... she looks like a bit too old to be a daughter...

  • kinda morbid, but true...

  • Eventually, I gave up and just sat down.

  • No one seemed to be acknowledging me as I continued to look around

  • and you'd think that, if you sent your daughter to make an exchange,

  • they'd be on the lookout for the person they're going to meet.

  • So I assumed she either lacked map awareness or... she wasn't there.

  • (what...)

  • UUUUUUHHH...K....

  • I guess we're playing "Where's Waldo?" now,

  • except it's the version where... you don't know what Waldo looks like...

  • I wasn't too surprised that she didn't stay.

  • I probably would've left too if I had to wait that long.

  • So I left Starbucks, ran across the street and into Wild Wings.

  • Hi, welcome to Wild Wings!

  • Table for...

  • o n e ?

  • Uh... No, sorry...

  • Um...

  • Actually, I'm here to...

  • meet s-someone...

  • I didn't know what to say.

  • I probably could've been honest, but it just felt weird to explain to her

  • that I don't exactly know who I'm meeting,

  • because the father of the person in question seems to be trying to shelter her

  • like she's in a Witness Protection Programme.

  • Um OK... well, uh, you can have a seat for now.

  • t h a n k s .

  • And, again, I was hoping there's a girl keeping an eye out

  • for someone who looks like they're looking for her.

  • I did my terminator scan again and found multiple tables with females who were accompanied by friends.

  • If I had to guess, I'd say that table... over there would probably be it.

  • As I looked at the group, one of the girls looked at my direction.

  • And then, the rest of them... turned their heads too...

  • They laughed for some reason and then went back to their conversations.

  • oh god i dont wanna be here

  • I didn't want to go to each suspected table like a door-to-door salesman,

  • but I felt like that was my soon-to-be only option.

  • (yeah u idiot)

  • you're*

  • w h a t t h e f * * * d o e s s h e l o o k l i k e ?

  • (At Wild Wings? Really?)

  • Thank you for specifying her location!

  • I felt like I was still in the dark with those physical descriptions,