Monday, February 26, 2007
To ward off the looming hypothermia and frigidity-induced psychosis, Julie and Rachel spontaneously broke into some moves inspired by the tune of Rocky. Please see below.
I think I liked the movie. I can't remember much of it, I'm afraid, because my short term memory is still thawing out.
Friday, February 23, 2007
post no. 161
Okay, I know I’m not supposed to curse, and I don’t. Sort of. But sometimes it’s fun to use the word “helluva.” It looks pretty. And if one doesn’t think about the fact that it’s profanity, one might even say it makes a pretty sound when spoken. I think I might name a cat Helluva.
What is it when you’re over your cold, but your throat still hurts when you wake up in the morning, and by noontime the sore throat is gone, only to return around 11:30 the next night? Punchline: A vampire sore throat.
My piano is fixed! Pictures to follow. Anybody want a voice lesson?
Friday, February 16, 2007
to be idle is sometimes good
Oh, how I love Fridays before a long weekend, when both my bosses are gone, and I have time to create a doll online thanks to my friend, Leeny, that looks like the girl I could be if I had lots of money and an obscene fixation with my appearance. Which I don't. No really. Only a cyber obscene fixation. Promise.
Happy Friday, everyone.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
the thin line, as thin as turkey meat
I’ve mentioned this same co-worker on my blog, only on a few separate occasions. She’s been an excellent character study. I’ve even incorporated her into the play I’ll likely never finish. Some of the dialogue is taken verbatim from actual conversations I’ve had with her. Like in this scene for instance:
(On the phone.) But the food was quite something. They had an assortment of dessert squares. There was raspberry, and lemon, and I think the orange colored ones were mango. Exotic, huh? Mm-hm. Oh they were very delicate. Just the right amount of powdered sugar. Simply fantastic. Let’s see, what else did they have? Oh. They were so smart to do this. They had baklava for the Greek people, and fortune cookies for the Chinese people. I thought that was a very nice touch since, you know, they wanted everyone to feel included. Because not everyone likes fruit squares. And the shortbread base, as you know, comes from the English/Celtic region., so that pretty much covers all the white people. But what about everyone else? What are they supposed to eat? You can’t expect everyone to be English, this is America! Right? Sure. And of course there were other kinds of people there besides Greeks and the Chinese, but not every country has a favorite dessert, per se. And this was strictly a dessert reception. (Pause.) Maybe the mango was to make the Polynesians happy. At any rate. Very diversified dessert selection. Very nice touch. Oops, gotta go, Linda. I think I hear Dan. Okay. (Hangs up.)
(DAN and PAUL enter.)
The lady is obsessed with food. I’m certain it has something to do with how little of it she had growing up in the back woods of Maine with no running water. I’m not making that up, but she may have, I’m just not sure. Judging by her wiry frame, the thin, peaked face that’s aged too much for just fifty years of life, and that harsh bite in her north shore accent, I’m thinking she’s telling the truth about the no running water thing.
Her lunch, which she eats at her desk, has been the exact same thing, every day for at least two years. It consists of the following items:
- Thinly sliced cuts of turkey meat
Baby carrots sliced long-ways in two
Buttermilk Ranch dressing
She rolls the deli meat and places it on the cracker, just like Rachael Ray would do. She dips the halved baby carrot in the salad dressing. Occasionally, she dips the meat in the salad dressing too. All this I have witnessed just in passing by her doorway from time to time. She never goes out for lunch. Ever. It’s the same thing, every day, at the same time, every afternoon. In fact, it’s such a noticeable pattern of behavior, even my boss has noticed it, and we sometimes smirk at one another in this “man, is she funny” kind of way. Because we’re mean like that.
I’ve sat across from this woman for almost two years now, and if I’m going to be honest, I’ll tell you that, quite often, I have secretly rejoiced in how holistically superior from her I am. Everything from taste in fragrances in hand lotion, shoes, to our views on the disabled, the correct way to reference a minority group member in casual conversation, or even our preference in domestic animals (she’s a cat owner - oh my shocker) we could not be more diametrically opposed, nor could she be any more inferior to me in any other possible way. Professionally, we’ve had absolutely no conflicts, but that’s largely because of how patient and giving I am. Most of the time, I’d just sit there smugly counting my blessings that we would not ever, ever have anything in common, and what a very, very good thing that was.
Just in the last month or so, and because I’ve been avoiding the cold any chance I get, I’ve been eating lunch from my desk. Last week, my boss came into my office around lunchtime with a document in her hand. She stopped cold in my doorway, looked at my desk, looked up at me, and immediately started to laugh. At first, I didn’t see what she saw. I couldn’t figure out what she was laughing at. I looked at her for a moment, then I looked down at my desk. Here is what she saw:
- Thinly sliced cuts of turkey meat
A block of sharp cheddar cheese
It wasn’t identical, but it was more than close enough. I looked intently at my boss:
“It isn’t what you think.”
“Oh I’m afraid it is, Mary.”
“I’m not turning into her.”
“You are so turning into her.”
“Stop! I am not!”
“Hang on, I think you need some ranch. I’ll ask if you can borrow some.”
“No, it’s okay. I’ll be right back.”
I’m not turning into her. I’ve been eating Triscuits since waaay before I started here. And she never has cheese. I always have the cheese. I don't even like ranch dressing Yeah it’s true, I had the deli turkey thinly sliced. And maybe I do like to roll it on my crackers, so what?! But it’ll be a cold day in hell before I slice a baby carrot in half and dip it in ranch. A cold day in hell.
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