Atlas Insider: The Search for Meaning (and Doughnuts)
Well, the shipping department has been busy! You are keeping us on our toes. I hate to ruin it for you, but literally everyone on earth is apparently getting an Amaryllis Kit for the holidays. Act surprised, y’all!
We’re all vaccinated to the rafters (I’m getting approximately fifteen more booster shots just for the hell of it), so while filling all those boxes to the brim, I’ve been thinking of “Other Mandates” we might impose here at MDK World HQ, but as I looked at my scribbled list this morning when I sat down to turn it into another “Atlas Insider” masterpiece—the one you are reading right now—I noticed that most of my mandates are about people bringing me things:
- Always bring DG a burrito.
- All doughnut deliveries must include at least one lemon-curd-filled doughnut.
- If you are making a fancy coffee, it won’t kill you to make DG one as well so save yourself the censure and go ahead and do it.
Look, I am fine with me getting snacks as subject matter. I have no qualms about demanding that everything that enters the building be filled with lemon curd. EVERYTHING. Just fill it up.
But I think I worry that I might talk about food too much in this space, so I moved this particular idea to the back burner for a sec . . . right as the most provocative email arrived.
Now, I don’t usually pay attention to the customer service inbox much—that’s Allison’s job, and sometimes Kay’s when she’s procrastinating. But I do look it over first thing in the morning to make sure there aren’t any shipping-related messages that I might need to know about immediately—errors I might need to correct and emails to delete before anyone else has a chance to see them. I can usually just eyeball the subject lines and know if I need to look. “HEY DUMMY YOU SENT THE WRONG COLOR”—well, that would be one I might need to open. Perhaps.
But one caught my eye today—I’m sure it was a bot or spider or whatever they’re called who sent it, but still, it gave me pause. The entire email just said, “What do you mean?”
WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I mean. It’s a lot to think about! What do you mean? I ask myself that whenever I sit down to write an “Atlas Insider.” What do I mean? Honestly, I really never have any idea what I mean—who does? But I know for sure that at any given moment, I am as full of lemon curd as it is possible to be and that’s just about all I need to know.
The prize? No surprises here: two Amaryllis Kits! One to keep and to watch growing as you ponder what it all means, and one to give to a friend.
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: In the comments, name your favorite doughnut filling or shout out your local bakery, coffee shop, or burrito stand. Just don’t tell us what it all means because we love the wondering. Know what we mean?
Deadline for entries: Sunday, November 28, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.