A response from Hilroy

March 19th, 2011

Hilroy finally got back to me via snailmail (evidently, they don’t mind wasting paper). You can find my original letter here: http://www.mattandkyleandmatt.com/a-letter-to-hilroy/

Hilroy response 1

Hilroy response 2


A letter to Heelys

March 12th, 2011
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To the wheelers and dealers at Heelys,

You do not offer size 14 men’s shoes. Why is that? My entire basketball team was planning a fundraiser event for a tournament we had to pay our own way to and we wanted to do something unique to draw a crowd. We thought up an elaborate Heelys obstacle course in and around our school. We went to a local store that supplies the shoes and they didn’t have any sizes bigger than 11 men’s. We looked online and could only find a few size 12’s on eBay.

Reinhardt and myself are size 14, Aaron Mutton is actually size 14.5 and growing, while the rest of the team is between sizes 11 and 13. Our mascot, Hoop-There-It-Is, is size 9 women’s. She already owns a pair Heelys, but she only had them for a few months and already holes had opened up on the top of the shoe. And no, she doesn’t grind with the tops of her shoes…

We are a basketball team that almost bought an entire team’s worth of Heelys. You guys lost out big time. I can’t believe that a sporting goods company won’t cater to a huge part of the sports market: ballers. In the end, our fundraiser was a potato sac obstacle course that culminated in an extreme wheelbarrow race. The rails we built served to hold back the small audience we tried hard to gather instead of serving as pipes to grind down with Heelys. Lame.

I’m really disappointed in Heelys. Make some size 14’s and then we’ll talk.


Matt Raudsepp (size 14 men’s)


A second response from Post-it Notes

March 9th, 2011

Uh-oh, they’re sweating. “Pass this off to the Canadian office, Jeremy. They’re so bogged down with all that snow up to their eskimo-kissing noses that they won’t even be able to read this Matthew Raudsepp clown’s message.” They’re sweating…

Post-it Response 2


A response from Post-it Notes

March 5th, 2011

3M replied to my email about Post-it Notes right away. It’s amazing what a typo “can” change…

Post-it Note response

I wrote back to them right away. This was my reply:

Thank you very much, KM! How many replacements will you send? I was worried that you would say that you “can’t” send any. But, now that I have it in writing that you “can”, I am overjoyed!

Thank you so much!


Matthew Raudsepp

P.S. My address is [...]


A letter to Post-it Notes

March 2nd, 2011

Post-it Note to buy electrical tape

To the people at Post-it Notes,

A former friend recently suggested using Post-it Notes as an alternative to tape (I had been complaining about the ink from pens ironically not adhering to Scotch Tape). I thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea! I’ll wrap gifts with Post-its and voila, a built-in gift tag!”

I had gotten used to using Post-its for all of my taping needs, so naturally, when it came time to do some home repairs, I thought, “I know that Post-its will do the job just fine.” …Wrong. Never use Post-it Notes as a replacement for electrical tape. They’re pretty much made entirely out of paper. Needless to say, a small fire started while I was at work. When I got home, I was faced with the equivalent of a giant Post-it Note reading: “Find a new place to live.”

I’m writing to your company in the hopes that my story will prevent similar disasters. On every package of Post-it Notes, I suggest writing a warning message on the top sheet of each pad, reading: “Do not use as electrical tape.” It could help someone else like me.

I want to make this absolutely clear: I still love your product. In fact, just the other day I bought a huge amount of Post-its (I’m trying to cover up the fire damage with a mosaic of multi-coloured Post-it Notes). If you could find it in your hearts to send me some free Post-its to help with my temporary damage control plan, I would be truly impressed with you folks.

Sincerely, one of the few people who place their entire faith in Post-it Notes,

Matthew Raudsepp


Taxidermy and Me

February 26th, 2011

Let’s watch the Taxidermy demo DVD together for the first time… via this little video I threw up here:

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A gift from Taxidermy Training Unlimited

February 23rd, 2011

Life is good (for the living). We have the ability to learn, to educate ourselves, to acquire new skills. The living have the lovely luxury of taking care of the remains of the dead, and until this morning I had no idea how to proceed. Today, I awoke to find Taxidermy Training Unlimited’s demo DVD-R in my mailbox (packaged in a “floppy disk/CD mailer” – too bad I didn’t luck out and get the floppy!). Right now, I am about to sit down and watch a veritable horror show of images (if this home-computer-burned disc will even play in my DVD player). The following are photos of the seemingly innocuous delivery and its contents.

Taxidermy mail!

Taxidermy mail 2!

Note to self: in the future, write letters asking for stuff that HELPS you sleep at night…


FroggToggs.com found this website, left comment

February 19th, 2011

FroggToggs.com’s own Will Fowler left a comment on my blog a few days ago. He found me out! Good for him, good for Google, good for me. Those waders may be within my grasp. Will, let’s discuss a review or commercial. I am 100% serious about that shot of “a rain droplet cascading down the boot foot waders”.

Here’s a copy of the comment Will left on MattandKyleandMatt.com:

Will Fowler comment

I give Will Fowler’s friendly disposition, and FroggToggs.com’s customer service, five BloggToggs out of five.


A second response from Taxidermy Training Unlimited

February 16th, 2011

I really want to see Taxidermy Training Unlimited’s trade show demo disc. If I get it in the mail, you can be sure it’ll be on perpetual loop in my living room (except maybe when vegan friends are visiting).

Taxidermy response two


A response from Taxidermy Training Unlimited

February 12th, 2011

Taxidermy Training Unlimited responded to my letter very quickly. Either they get very few letters or they felt the urgency of my situation: I could salvage all of the squirrel hides if I acted fast. They’d give the fur off a squirrel’s back to train a budding amateur taxidermist. What follows is a screenshot of their response.

Taxidermy response

I replied thusly:

Dear Randy and Rosanna,

Some of the squirrels are rotten, yes, but the rest have now been frozen. Thank you for the advice. I would also greatly appreciate you sending me that demo disc. I am trying to decide whether or not to buy the DVD or have a go at skinning and mounting the squirrels by trial and error.

Matt Raudsepp

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