Thursday, June 09, 2005


For lack of actual content and as a result of drinking two beers after not eating and having worked my ass off for 6 hours(!?), allow me the indulgence of an out-of-character update.

1. My new job has, if nothing else, raised my baseline stress level to what feels like a low, throbbing hum. I have never managed anything but myself and being put in a position of authority over people who a) I can't fire, and b) are, by and large, at least 20-30 years older than me, is a bit of a jump. If, for example, I had been hired as the night manager at Subway(a job that has crossed my mind), I would at least have the power to take away someone's livelihood if they didn't listen to me. In this position, if I ask someone to do something and they don't listen, the onus is on me as the campaign manager: "Why didn't you make sure X did Y?" I'm still in the process of figuring out the both the big picture in terms of strategy and process and the nuances of personality that are so important.

2. I'm still a waiter. I made $170 tonight, which is a big help. Fuck you if you don't like me reporting my income. Americans are so uptight, I hear.

3. More motorcycle maintenance will occur tomorrow. I've done something I'm ashamed of: created a secondary blog focused specifically on the process of fixing this bike. Seriously, if there's something nerdier/dorkier than that I would be hard-pressed to name it. The only mitigating factor is that I don't include it on my regular blog so people who don't give a shit don't have to see it. Hopefully this will be an antidote for my habit of getting really into something and forgetting it after I've thought about it enough(see my previous fascinations with Linux, a fish tank, my darkroom, gardening, Super-8, being in a band, 9-11, the Sunday Baseball website, etc.). I am an excellent Gemini, or so I've read.

4. I'm reading...Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I feel weird doing so, but all I've heard is how crazy/fascist she is, so I thought I'd see for myself. I'm about 70 pages in out of 1100, and it's good so far, but if she keeps on pushing the importance of industrial progress I might get annoyed. I'm impressed by how she just plows through every good metaphor there is, one after the other.

5. I should probably consider taking an LSAT class pretty soon.

6. My dog eats charcoal and barks at bees and kids on rollerskates. She's the smartest and best-looking dog in the world. She also loves me.


Anonymous R Squared said...

Awww, Baby, I'll read your motorcycle blog. It's probably really cool, I'm sure it must be! But you need to provide the link...

P.S. Dog shortens her lifespan every day with her weird habits - but does it all out of love for you.

Blogger B. Alec said...

No links! If you really want to read it, you have to find it.

Blogger KR said...

I went to the Henry Ford Museum and talk about a place where they are in love with the idea of industrial progress. Even in the factory tour you feel like a cog in the many wheels that run that gargantuan place

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother lived in Japan for three years. When he came back to the U.S. he brought with him a small metal plaque they had given him at work, which he had decided it would be fun to attach to his computer. It said "I am a small and noble cog in a large and honourable machine."


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