December 7, 2002
Saturday morning, again.
Much as I'd like to, I don't yet have the mental energy to write in the evening after work.
I still love my job and my workplace.
I still love the idea of being employed.
If there's a "but" in there anywhere, it's in the physical consequences of remaining upright for hours at a time, sometimes even four or five without a break.
I don't have to walk too much but I am standing, constantly.
I get to lean on the counter which helps considerably.
It's not even as bad as I'd have expected but by the end of the day I'm stiff all over and various back muscles are protesting.
I'm trying a variety of anti-inflammatory remedies to tide me through until I get more used to it.
But it is tolerable, and it is worth it.
Absolutely positively worth it.
Much more about work, the clients and the staff (not to mention the incredible coffee-drinking plant) to follow in the coming weeks but for now I would like to respond to a recent entry of Stephanie's, in which she posted her own version of the Friday Five (currently on hiatus).
These are my own replies to her five questions:
1. What is your favorite form of precipitation?
Let's see, there are rain, snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain, hurricanes, tornados, typhoons... well some of these aren't strictly precipitation, but weather phenomena.
To pick the best of a bad lot, I'd have to say rain, but since regular rain tends to depress me, I will specify sunshowers.
Stephanie prefers snow.
Over the approximately six years of our daily correspondence, I have tried every way I know how to disabuse her of this misguided notion, to no avail.
Snow is evil white shit.
Sure, it's pretty at times.
Like if you're 18 and spending your first winter in a northern college campus, walking with a new love and the flakes are quietly falling and there's no wind and it's barely even cold enough to be snowing in the first place.
And you don't have a car.
You can lick the flakes off each other's noses and throw clumps of snow at each other and run and fall and roll in the stuff and maybe build X-rated snowpeople.
Otherwise, the other 99.99999% of the time, it's evil white shit!
2. What is it you like about your favorite form of precipitation?
(Getting back to sunshowers...) - the RAINBOW!
3. What kind of activities do you enjoy engaging in during your favorite form of precipitation?
Standing at the window or on my covered front porch, looking at the aforementioned rainbow.
4. Is there anything you DON'T like about your favorite form of precipitation?
5. What is your fondest memory involving your favorite form of precipitation?
The feeling of awe, hope, wonder and optimism it gives me.
The best one I ever saw was just about in technicolour, right in front of me as I was driving eastward one summer evening. It was very difficult to remain focused on watching the road!
This works better than the real ones - no random grey dust!
You can even do a fairly good diagonal by alternating arrow keys.
One year ago:
My Cover is Done Blown?
Two years ago:
Three years ago:
Film at 11
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