11/03/10

SOOTHING MESSAGES

It is comforting to know that in the era of spellcheck there are other people out there who still make embarrassing mistakes that completely change their intended meaning. I stumbled across this alluring offer recently; I think they meant massages. Don’t ask what I was looking for.

01/02/10

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

Certain days, certain jobs seem less than fulfilling. I find it helpful to remember some of the worse things I have done for money. The waitressing job where the cook threw a battered chicken leg at me comes to mind. Or the gallery job with the annoying, loud film loop where minutes became hours and hours nearly unbearable.

And then there was the guy I worked for who left himself little notes on index cards; Dao around the house and Rock-On, Holy Warrior are two I remember. I took two buses and a train every Saturday to get to his house on the South side of Chicago. He always drove me home. We always had lunch at Burger King. My job was to transcribe his journal entries into the computer, and when I had done that I was supposed to fold the laundry. He was trying to finish his dissertation on the weekends – something about Paradise Lost – while holding down his job at a company that installed water filters. For Christmas he gave me a copy of his self-published book of poetry. Oh, you’re his amanuensis, a smirking editor told me at a party.

He had a pale, weepy wife and two children: a very fat little girl and a mean-looking boy with coke-bottle glasses, both immobilized in front of the television whenever I saw them. One day I finally found a better job. Not sure how he would react, I waited to tell him until he dropped me off. The motor of his Buick was running and the door was open; I had one foot on the pavement. Ok, fine, was all he said.

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04/01/10

(HAPPY) NEW YEAR

My approach to the coming year is to wait and see…

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27/11/09

GOOD FORTUNE

In the pre-holiday, post-meltdown doldrums, I find myself in need of motivation. The only answer is to keep busy: sign-painting meets self-help. This truth was revealed to me in a fortune cookie. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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13/10/09

JUST DO IT

I have given myself a deadline: make new stuff for your portfolio by the end of august, or else. Instead of working on something new, though, I busy myself with sorting through old stuff, making tea, finally dealing with that mess of cords under my desk. Which remindes me of the time I went to a life coach, a nice blond lady with frosty lipstick and two beige cordoroy armchairs. This was when I was convinced the road to happiness would be to do something completely different with my life: get a phd in mathematics, open a restaurant, apprentice to a cobler. So do it, said the coach lady.
Well, it’s not that simple, I told her. There’s this problem. That thing I would have to do first. Which would result in me having to change this other thing. And then not be able to do that one over there. She smiled benevolently, leaned over her stockinged knees and turned her clipboard around so I could see. Then she clicked her ball point pen to attention and proceeded to draw straight lines from one point to the next, all the while looking me straight in the eye. As the lines became a triangle and then a box and then an increasingly knoted tangle of nothing, she said slowly, all the while still drawing lines, this is what your thought process looks like. Good for a suite of patterns, at least. Nice for pschyiatrist’s rugs.

I have given myself a deadline: make appointments for portfolio visits by the end of October, or else. But instead I busy myself with looking through old magazines, making tea, tackling the mess of cords under my desk. I’m good at dealing with details and avoiding the important stuff. For a while I went to a coach, a nice blond lady with frosty lipstick and two beige corduroy armchairs. This was when I was convinced the road to happiness would be to do something completely different with my life: get a Ph.D. in mathematics, open a restaurant, apprentice to a cobbler… So do it, said the coach lady.

Well, wait a minute, it’s not that simple, I told her. There’s this problem. That thing I would have to do first. Which would result in me having to change this other thing. And then not be able to do that one over there. She smiled benevolently, leaned over her stockinged knees and turned her clipboard around so I could see. Then she clicked her ballpoint pen to attention and proceeded to draw straight lines from one point to the next. As the lines became a triangle and then a box and then an increasingly knoted tangle of nothing, she told me, This is what your thought process looks like.


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