June 3rd, 2010

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Unexpected Time Off Is Unexpected

Here's a thing about my job: the workload can really fluctuate. This week my boss is traveling, and about half of the department is at our company's Seattle office, and so for most of Tuesday and yesterday I had very little to do. When I reached my boss on the phone yesterday (and there was slight, unintentional drama involved in that which I won't post, though slipjig knows what I'm talking about) he said for me to take today and tomorrow off.

I'm not crazy about that, as I hadn't planned for time off and I'm an hourly employee, but I'll make it work. I have personal stuff to do and errand stuff to do, and of course it was nice to sleep in. (And I'll just say my dream images were nice last night.)

This may be the first week I've only worked two days since, well, I wasn't working full time. 2004, maybe; I got fired from my call center job that January and only worked temp or half-time (the half-time gig was my hospital job that later became full-time) for the rest of the year. Kind of a scrambling year, that was. This doesn't compare, obviously, but it reminds me that I've been doing plenty of work in the past several years, and to do so little of it this week is a little discombobulating.

In good news, it's a sunny day here in Portland, after EIGHTEEN FREAKIN' DAYS STRAIGHT of rain. Even hardcore rain-lovin' umbrella-eschewin' Oregonians have gotten sick of it. Today is a good day to have to oneself!

Meme, Day 15!

Day 15 - A character who you can relate to the most
Karl Fredrick Hieronymus, the Baron von Munchausen. Of this film (one of my favorite movies ever). Terry Gilliam liked how, at least according to the Rudolf Erich Raspe writings that inspired the film, the Baron would contrast the veracity of his outlandish stories with the veracity of his military drinking buddies: Your stories can't be true. Mine must be. That sort of thing.

In fact, I can identify with A LOT of characters in Gilliam's films. Maybe even Cole from Twelve Monkeys. On top of that, that film has some images and ideas similar to stuff I've dreamed about.

Day 15 - Favorite female character
Not sure (much like yesterday's answer). Maybe C.J. Lamb (Amanda Donohoe) on L.A. Law.
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And "this" in this case is "Spellbound" by Pennye Harper:
I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC
It plainly marks four my revue
Mistakes I cannot sea
I've run this poem threw it
I'm sure your pleased too no
Its letter-perfect in it's way
My checker tolled me sew.
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"Future Kick-Ass Person Born Today"

So much high-profile death lately. It's been a lousy couple of years for that.

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(There. You're past the terrible thought.)

Someone dies, we think about them more, we try to spread the word that this person was cool and worthwhile, but there's the inevitable and obvious loss: we don't get more coolness and worth from that person. Beyond what we can manage in our memories. I can remember how cool and great Mike Pearl was, but Mike Pearl isn't around to add to the coolness he added to the world until 1997.

I wish this worked: flipping it around, by thinking to the future. There's that Simpsons Halloween episode where Homer is King Kong, and when Kong is brought to New York we see a newspaper announcing so. Another headline on the front page: "DICK CAVETT BORN." Thank you, writers at The Simpsons, for thinking of that. Because wouldn't that be wonderful? "Someone who's going to be great in the future just got born!" or "Someone who's going to kick ass 25 years from now was conceived last night! (And let me tell you, his parents had A LOT OF FUN doing that.)" "Let's just say that Thursday, May 27th, 2021 is going to be a GREAT day for a certain someone."

I know, the future is uncertain, no fate but what we make, always in motion is the future and all that. The future ain't concrete enough to provide us that chance. BUT WHAT IF IT DID? Because good and happy stuff will happen in the future. Just as it did in the past.

Remember people you've lost. I do that. And also allow for the chance that more great stuff is going to happen tomorrow. And the next day. And the next, and the next, and the next. Because there actually isn't a limit on Future Awesome.

(Maybe Future Awesome should be a band.)