Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Besides the places I've lived I've had some great jobs that have allowed me to travel. Until recently flight attendant and then in my early 20's I escorted older ladies on cruises. 24 cruises in two and a half years.
I don't know if I'll be able to pursue any legal actions from here so I've been slow to make any decision as to where I'll live or what I'll do for an income. .. but at least the tan is coming along nicely.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I realize that anytime a story you're telling gets a little boring you can ad the line "so I stabbed him" or a version of it to spice it up. I saw a comedian say this so I can't claim this as my own but it certainly works. So I'll do that with my post today.
After meeting one of the guys who reads my journal I now run into him often. He's a cutey and fun to talk and it's certainly good for my reputation to be seen talking to him. Jeff and I were at Baja Betty's yesterday and I saw him again there.. we chatted some and had a few laughs. Then I stabbed him.
I'm sitting at one of my favorite coffee shops and there are some interesting characters. One is so skinny she literally looks like a concentration camp victim. one leg is stiff but it's very difficult not to stare at her. Directly across from her is a man who rode in on a motorcycle and has a tattoo covering his entire back (I've seen him before). He tries to be so masculine but he walks like he just took off his prom dress. So I stabbed them both.
My roommate is having a full moon party tonite so I'm avoiding the house. I don't mind really and I'm always invited but they're just too odd for me. He freaks out when he has them and cleans the common areas of our apartment from top to bottom so I don't really mind. But I still stabbed him.
Friday, June 26, 2009
I have that plan made but no other real plan. I'm crashing with my boyfriend at his pad in Sarasota Florida. It's cramp and since everyone else in the apt is in his low 20's I feel old. Too old for this!
This chaos has made me work harder to find time and place to write and at least that's been successful so far. I've written a few hours a day.. starting yesterday.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Of course "anywhere" meant any home that had a phone. And.. as long as that person was home at the time. If you were expecting an important call you couldn't leave the house until you got it.
Then came answering machines and phones that didn't need machines to answer themselves. This made it easier to get out and about. Nothing much happened until I got a pager. Now I could call someone when they summoned me. From pager I went to cell phone. Not the brick. I had to wait a little longer. I was amazed though. Now I could make or receive a call from anywhere. I didn't have to wait at home for a call.
It was hard to predict the jump from talking to writing to people. Instant message became my method of choice for direct communication. Of course I ended up talking only to people who had a personal computer that they were attached to. From instant message I went to texting and now I'm at the hybrid of the two. Facebook and twitter messages.
I look back to that time of amazement at being able to use the phone and how it closed distances. Now I just pick up my iphone to see if anyone's around.
Why did you get fired?
For having my cell phone out during taxi.
Is that it? we all do that?
That's the official reason. I suspect there was more to it and I plan on following up. .. yeah.. I know we all do it.
Who ratted you out and why?
Jonathon Pallas. I know because he's happily telling everyone he can. why? I can only assume he's a lonely bitter nasty man. I was warned before flying with him that he was looking for something to get me on.
Can you use that Peer Review thingy?
I don't know. After reading over the rules there doesn't seem much that can be used for Peer Review.
Did you rat out Carmen Cook?
no. I found out through the grapevine that something similiar had happened to her. I don't know her story. That's for her to tell.
What will you do now?
I'm going to hang out on the beach in Florida for a week before I start whichever process I decide on.
I also want to apologize for some bad advice. Get a union.. get one quick. If you get called in for doing something that you see everyday or something that has confliciting rules and training you're on your own.
I will say I will miss a lot of you beautiful fun people.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I saw a woman in the coffee shop where I like to go to write. She had both sides of her nose pierced. the top of her lip, the bottom of her lip and that little chin piercing. Basically creating a straight line in her face made of hardware. She caught me looking and rolled her eyes and gave me attitude. Now tell me... who'd do that to their face then be pissed if people look? If I see her again I'm putting fridge magnets on her mouth.
Feb. 8th, 2005 08:25 am Knocking around
Yesterday I started my taxes and what do I find in the mail? a 1099 for a prize from a game show that I forfeited. Now I have to wade through this mess if the show is even still on the air. It sucked pretty bad.
I tried to play Evita yesterday which I only have on VHS and lo and behold my VCR isnt' hooked up! I've gone quite a while without watching a videotape I guess. As a matter of fact I pulled PowerTool out and I didn't even know I had that. ( I like the classics )
I spent a lot of yesterday bouncing around writing projects I'm working on. I put in a lot of raw infor for a book that's barely past idea form that I want to call "how to scam an American". Talking about the scams and lies we see and don't see and how sometimes we just accept them and move on.
I looked over a contract for a law friend. He wrote it late at night and wanted to make sure he didn't go braindead and it all made sense the next day.
One of my friends is about to get screwed by his future ex-roommate so I've been keeping track of all the red flags we've seen in his personality that would let him justify it to himself. I started keeping track of culture and personality traits that keep people undermining themselves and keeping them poor. The basic things are pretty evident.. not thinking past next week.. too much emphasis on buying products that they think give them status but really just suck down their funds... Save a buck today that coast them 30 bucks tomorrow.. etc.
But that makes my brain hurt sometimes so I'm going to watch Fairly Oddparents today.
I'm in CA for a meeting at the corporate office. I've been suspended with pay for a little over a week and Monday I find out if I still have my job. It's a long in depth story that of course I'll have to write but not today. If I end up fired I'll have plenty of time to write about it then.
My plan is to eat my now cooling frozen dinner have a glass of wine... or in this case a coffee cup of wine.. or two. I have the skeleton of my current story constructed. Plot, characters, setting and even an epiphany.
The meeting isn't until Monday so I have all weekend to sit around. Even though I'm here near San Francisco I'm probably not going to go much further than where I can walk from the hotel. If I still have my job I plan on coming back with my boyfriend for vacation so I can explore San Fran more then. Besides.. it's cold and windy.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I have a lot on my mind today and for some people that can be a distraction. For me though it gives me a reason to be distracted and I actually write more. I have a plot outline and some pretty good characters so now it's a matter of stringing everything together. My goal today is another chapter.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On the way back the tide had gone down and navigating the river became a little more tedious. Usually that means being careful to run aground in the soft muddy shallows. Last night however we did more than run aground.. we ran over a crab trap. One prop was completely encased in chicken wire and for some reason a beer can.
This wasn't as devastating as it could have been. It meant we had to limp back to the dock with one engine at idle speed. It also meant our captain was going to hang over the back of the boat with dull wire cutters freeing up the engine. After seeing the huge alligator nobody was too excited about jumping in at night and helping out.
We've been up and down the river several times but this slow pace made for different perspective. The shoreline had a few campers so from time to time we'd see a light twinkle through the trees and one or two campfires. The water was as smooth as glass in most places and there was enough ambient light to reflect the trees. It felt more like floating through a jungle river in South America than in the retirement capital of the US.
To accent the effect clouds high up were giving a lightning show. Not the kind that strikes the ground but the type of lightning that flashes across the sky in veins and lights up the entire landscape. It was a very "this is cool" moment... except for out Capt who was still straddling the motor face down wrestling with a ruined crab trap.
Even in California I found it harder to keep my tan. June Gloom days and cold ocean water just reduces opportunities. Back in FL though I don't know why I can't get a rich cancer riddled leathery look that seems to be so popular here among women over 60.
As a child the semi-public pools were our babysitter in the summer. We'd be dropped off in the mornings with a few dollars and picked up 7 or 8 hours later. By August my hair had lightened and my skin had darkened to about the same color. My hair doesn't fade evenly though so I often had the look of a brindle cat. An effect no hairdresser has been able to recreate.
In Florida before I was a full time massage therapist and loved it when my hands were darker colored than my clients. Most of all though I like when my feet are tan. I think tan feet are the ultimate in tanning. It says not only can I play outside.. but I can play outside barefoot.
We grabbed food for lunch, packed the backpack with towels, notebooks and sunscreen and decided on the beach. Then we got the call from a friend that there was a boat trip being planned. It seems he expected us to drop all of our plans and just go out on the boat for the day. Which we did.
Not much illustration got done and not much work on Invaders got done.. however it was a great experience and I did get a little further on my tan. I'm alone today so it's a good day to actually write.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sometimes I beat myself up about going a day or two without writing but in reality it does help me run things through my head and deepen the values of my stories. Especially when I'm out walking around.
So I walked around today thought about writing.... that's something... right?
Monday, June 15, 2009
I'm in Southwest Florida in a hotel on the water. The company I work for has put me here and I've been here for about 6 months now. This is my last month however so vacation is coming and I'm planning on travel. DC, Boston, LA, San Diego, a cruise?.. still figuring it all out.
Dating someone.. he's staying here in the hotel with me.
Working on The Invaders of Lame.. I'm sure it will be an instant classic if I get past the first chapter.
So for this blog my intent is to organize my thoughts, chronicle the writing process and have a place for the all of the ideas that have been living rent free in my head up until now. Time to get serious, make some real money and get organized.... probably.