Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Office Rules

The Office rules. Also, here are some office rules.

-Imagine that what you’re saying to one person will be shared with the entire “team.” It might be.
-Don’t say anything about weight.
-Include everyone. This means no whispering when you’re in a group. This means saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to everyone.
-Don’t complain–very much–unless your complaint is funny/has a constructive & uplifting nature.
-Don't try to make love furtively with your cell phone all day. Just keep your phone in the car or something.

The day before I started working at the bank. 8.29.10

"Be all that you can be
In hospitals and schools
Airports and banks and bars"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Done with Applebee's

The other day I told my dad, “[Blondie] showed his two weeks’ notice to the man–”
Dad corrected me, “The way to say it is ‘gave two weeks’ notice.’”
“I know,” I said, “but, in this case, I wanted you to imagine him showing his two weeks’ notice, in the form of a letter, to the manager. He didn’t say anything. He showed her the piece of paper.”
“Well, that’s rude of him,” Dad said.

Blondie at the Bee. January 18, 2011.

"Whatever lies beyond this morning
is a little later on."

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Better Use of Friday

I’ve recently wanted to read Tennesee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I have heard the title so many times but have never seen a performance or read the hard copy. I looked it up on the library database and found, to my surprise, that there is only one copy of the play available in this county. It is nestled in the fourth series of an anthology called Best American Plays.
I customarily have a long workday at the bank on Friday, but, today, I was off. In bed, I reached for the play anthology. Gratefully, I pored over Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I could see so much honesty and beauty, and when I say I was reading ‘gratefully,’ I mean my being was one giant squeal of praise, and I felt like I was doing something that I was supposed to be doing. Interacting with a text felt like a much better use of my time than working at my job–if you don’t count the money, of course.

McDaddy. July 8, 2010.

"How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Principle 3: Be Honest Around Everyone

Wisdom of the ages . . . a journal entry from April 11, 2010 . . . “I realized that when I’m talking to exes I don’t do that trying-to-be-nice stuff. I really like that idea. I’m going to act like everyone is my ex-boyfriend for the next few days.”

You wouldn't be dishonest around someone you know really well because your dishonesty would be obvious–obviously weird. But other people, even those you don't know, can sense it, too.

Principle 3: Be honest around everyone.

On the tube in London. September 15, 2008.