Random has become part of the cure…if there is a such a thing for writer’s block. I propose we have a telethon. It could be hosted by John le Carre and Stephen King and maybe JK Rowling. I have included le Carre because I haven’t read any of his stuff and events like this always leave me wondering why certain people were chosen to host them. Apparently I’m narcissistic enough to think that if I haven’t been interested in them then no one has.
social worker in crisis dept: “I saved three people from the hospital today.”
“I thought I heard you hit four people with your car? So the fourth one made it huh?”
“You feeling okay today?”
“Yeah I just look depressed cuz my chair broke.”
“Wow, that’s what’s upsetting you?”
“No, I mean it broke and sunk to the lowest setting, so I kinda have to slump to sit at my desk and it makes me look depressed. See, I’m ridiculously happy! ” He slaps on a stupid smile.
My friend Peyton is about 6’3″ tall and in his forties. After his wife died, he moved back in with his parents so they could help with his daughter while he completed his master’s degree. After graduation, he and his daughter moved to California. He is very devoted to his parents who ironically (for his height) are little people. As a gift for their wedding anniversary he offered to have their home renovated ,as they had always felt things needed to be at an average height to accommodate him. Pey came home this week for Mother’s Day . He hadn’t seen the renovations yet. I got a call his second night home.
“Hey, you think Amelia and I could stay with you for a couple of days?”
“Sure what’s up? Everything with your parents okay?
“Oh yeah, they’re great! As a matter of fact they want you to come over for dinner some night while I’m home.”
“Sure, so what’s up?”
“I know I was the one who pushed them to renovate, but now I get why they held off. I suspect this is what it would be like to live in Barbie’s Dream House. ”
All week I have been using the line about drowning in a sea of paperwork.
I wonder what it would be like to actually drown in paper.
I think I’m gonna be able to report back on that by the end of the week.