There are some scenes that I have had in my head for so long that I can’t remember if I’ve ever drawn them or not. As far as I can remember, without scouring the entire archive, John & Carol have never had this conversation, even though I’ve almost depicted it several times over the years, but I was waiting for the perfect moment. I think this is that moment. Reggie has had a similar conversation, and even Jo has touched on some of this, but the ire Carol has for John hinges on this bit. It may not be logical, but it is a real kind of gripe, petty in nature, that I’ve heard stated unironically. These very small struggles fascinate me. Sometimes our unwillingness to listen, or see things from the perspective of others, drag us down as much as the target.
John & Carol aren’t perfect. None of my cast is perfect, but it’s always interesting to see which imperfections people are willing to overlook versus the ones that are seen as unforgivable. People who hate Carol usually hate her for being a bully. She is. She’s not a good leader, or manager. Competency in her job have given her more power over time than someone like her should have, but she is slowly learning.
John doesn’t have a lot of detractors because he hasn’t had much time in the spotlight. Generally people don’t like his tendency to be superficial, but that’s about it. What they do like is his openness to learning and changing. When Thomas put him forward as a candidate for assistant manager it truly is because he knows that John is a survivor who can adapt on the fly the way few people can. Adaptability is a very useful skill and is less common than people think it is. Most people drag their feet in the face of change, but a few accept, or even embrace, it quickly. They get in on the new normal early. John is one of those people.
These two have to come to an accord, and these are the first steps.
In other news, my Xbox One can’t receive wireless signals reliably, so I rewired my whole setup so it could be wired to the internet. Now when I play Overwatch I can actually hit my targets. I had to do the same thing with Splatoon on the WiiU & Switch because the wireless signal just isn’t reliable enough no matter where in the house I am.
Anyway, Overwatch is fun when you don’t fail constantly. I hate that you can’t just earn skins, but I guess that’s the cancer of the lootbox we’ve all agreed upon as a thing we will tolerate.
I like playing as Orisa (if I misspell these name just forgive me, I haven’t put the names to memory.) Mercy, Brigette, Roadhog & Agent 76 at this point. I basically understand their roles in a game. Some of the others I’ve tried but I didn’t instantly understand how to make them work. I like Mei as a character, but I don’t understand, and haven’t seen, how to make her work. Since I’m new I’m playing with other new people who don’t understand what’s going on so they just run forward and shoot till they die & don’t stay on the objective. Every so often though I will end up in a group that does understand how a team should function and that’s cool.