It has now been 5 days since the Vegas dinner, and 2 days since Joe's grandiose email, triumphantly heralding the new partnership between Brent Corrigan and Boybatter! All that is now needed is a confirmatory message announcement from Brent, and hoards of Brent fans hungry for memberships (recall, Brent Corrigan Online was still blocked from doing CC Bill business by the lawsuit at this time) will swarm in, all plunking down anywhere from $39.95 to $100 for Boybatter subscriptions. Ah, immediate electronic funds...
And those immediate funds were indeed needed, as they had just missed both of their January car payments. This must have been a huge, finacially demoralizing event for them, causing the first known blemishes on their credit report:
February 2007:They had obviously been living on cash advances up until now, but those cards had finally maxxed (and overmaxxed) out. In fact, Joe confesses the depths of their early 2007 financial mess to Grant at the Crab Catcher three months later:
From Harlow's Forbidden Credit Report:
DAIMLERCHRYS: 30 days late for February
BMW FIN SVC: 30 days late for February
JOSEPH KEREKES: I paint it in the blogs, like we're doing well Grant, but we ran for our lives, we ah, we're living in the Ghetto in South Beach okay, and ah, it's been horrible, we act like we have all this, we don't ya know we cash advanced everything, ya ,know? We're In so much, debt, we're probably gonna have to do bankruptcy, it's just horrible, it's been horrible, my mom and my dad what they've gone through, looking over our shoulder every second, ya know? It's been hell.So, you can see what's at stake here, on this day. If even a tiny fraction of the massive fan base indicated by Brent's Alexa numbers began subscribing at Boybatter's inflated subscription rates, their immediate financial woes would have been over. They could at least return to paying their bills on time.
So...where was that announcement from Brent Corrigan Online? Joe must have expected it yesterday, and checked...but nope, nothing. So, Joe checks BCO again this morning, and...nope, nothing, no mention of their big "deal." 'WTF!' Joe thinks...
And here's what happens next; from the Out article:
On the morning of Tuesday, January 16, Joe and Harlow called Sean, angry that Sean had not posted an announcement of their plans on his blog. Grant was furious at their impatience. “I’m in the middle of the settlement, and I had gone to great lengths to explain our situation, and they’re all pissed off because we don’t have a blog post on? Who the fuck do they think they are? I called them and said, ‘We’ve got a lot to do. You’re calling Sean and harassing him.’ Joe starts getting angry with me, saying wild things, threatening me that if we don’t ‘put up a post,’ the deal is off. I said, ‘If you don’t understand us, leave us the fuck alone.’ And I told Sean, ‘Screw those guys. Don’t talk to them anymore.’ That was it.”And just like Joe confirmed Grant's account of the Vegas dinner on the Crab Catcher Tapes, Joe also confirms Grant's description of this "Hang-Up Call:"
GRANT ROY: ... I just wanted to let you know how I feel, I'm not fuckin happy, ya know, the day you called me and told me you wanted the banner up, ya know and the blog or whatever, I was pissed...
JOSEPH KEREKES: When was this?
GRANT ROY: ...ah ...
JOSEPH KEREKES: Way back when?
GRANT ROY: Yea.
JOSEPH KEREKES: I remember that, yea.
GRANT ROY: And I said ah, and you, ya know you were putting pressure on him, ya know if we didn't do that, there was gonna be no shoot, and ya know I'm under, I'm trying to get all the wording finalized in the fucking settlement, so it was exactly how we agreed on in Vegas and ya know, you're making threats to him, that we're not gonna do a deal...
JOSEPH KEREKES: I didn't mean to threaten him.
GRANT ROY: Ah, if, if...
JOSEPH KEREKES: (Inaudible).
GRANT ROY: ... if we don't put up a blog, so I call ya and say what the fuck's goin on, and then you blow up at me, and it lasted all of about a minute and then we hung up.
JOSEPH KEREKES: Mmm, hmm.
GRANT ROY: Ya know, I called him and said don't talk to those son of a bitches again... fuck'em if they don't understand what we're going through fuck'em.
JOSEPH KEREKES: I'm sorry I didn't understand.
Nope, he sure didn't. But I suspect, after that phone disconnected, he finally did: because of the ongoing settlement talks, they never had a "deal" in Vegas. And as long as the settlement problem remained, they would never get one, either.
You know, sitting there after that fatefully harsh, reality-inducing phone call...what must have been going through both their minds? Sitting in a mountain of debt, with missed car payments, and other bills for next month beginnning to arrive...what to do?
After a nasty argument like that, is there ANY thing they could do to somehow impress Brent and Grant, and get back into their good graces? And if they do, can this annoying settlement roadblock be quickly overcome?
And we can imagine them there, sitting in the "hot tub o' fun" for the rest of this afternoon...soaking, brooding, pondering those two questions simultaneously...