Monthly Archives: March 2014
I have a cat named OJ. He’s kind of a strange cat. When I say that to certain people, they make a joke about all cats being strange. I think OJ is stranger than others. His new thing is sometimes pooping on the tray that the litter box is on, but not in the litter box. He started this when my other cat, the late Pericles, got sick.
OJ tends to meow loudly when he’s not in the room with me. He does this, I think, because he’s lonely. He meows loudly when he thinks it dinner time, and also if he’s in the bathroom with me when I’m in the shower.
Sometimes I look at OJ, and I wonder who he really is. I feel as if he and I knew each other in a past life. I’ve never really been a believer in reincarnation, but when I look at OJ I see something. It makes me think that we are eternal. We have to be don’t we? We are all connected. We are all the same. This body I inhabit is just a temporary place for the energy that is me to be. This body I’m in is just an expression of my true self, or my consciousness, or my soul, or whatever you want to call it.
When I look at my dog, Sadie, I see a creature that is brand new. I have the idea that there are old souls and new souls. I learned that concept in a book, or from Oprah, but I think I believe it to be true.
OJ is strange. Maybe he’s just not used to being a cat.
I recently listened to The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick. I’m going to write about it, but I’m not calling this a book review. I don’t feel like I know enough about literature to write a proper review. Perhaps, if I start reading book reviews regularly I’d get a feel for it. So this is going to be me talking about a book that I enjoyed
The Good Luck of Right Now is the story of a 38 year old man named Bartholomew Neil. He has spent the last several years of his life taking care of his mother who was sick with cancer. He’s never had a job or lived on his own, so his mother’s death is particularly difficult for him.
Bartholomew is someone who is not quite right. I get the feeling he is somewhere on the Autism/Aspergers spectrum, but his diagnosis is never revealed.
Much of the story is told as a series of letters that Bartholomew writes to the actor, Richard Gere. Gere becomes his imaginary confidant, helping him get through various difficult situations, including the task of getting to know the girl of his dreams.
Bartholomew becomes friends with Max, another ‘not quite right’ guy he meets in group therapy. Max says the word “fucking” a lot. The book’s narrator did a good job of portraying Max; a childlike man with quite a coarse way of expressing himself.
This book is about people who don’t fit in, and I think that’s why I enjoyed it. I have always fit in. Even when I was the only black kid in the neighborhood and school, I was accepted. There was a place for me. Though I like to think of myself as artsy and weird, I’m pretty much a part of the mainstream. The characters in this book aren’t like that. They’ve been misfits since childhood, and they always will be. I liked looking into his world, maybe getting a taste of what it’s like to live on the fringes.
So I’ll give The Good Luck of Right Now five stars out of five for story, and five out of five for Oliver Wyman’s narration. You should go and read it (or give it a listen)!
This week is spring break for IU. Spring break doesn’t usually mean anything to me, but now that I’m a student, it does. I’m taking one class this semester, so it isn’t that big of a break for me. It does free up my Tuesday. I can use the time to work on the homework assignments that I haven’t finished yet. There is no due date for these assignments. The professor said to turn the whole packet in sometime during the semester. I’m planning to get it to him next week.
I’m between projects at work. The one I just finished was delivered to the customer, and they were happy with it. So much so that they have another job for us. The project was fairly tedious, so I kind of dread it, but it shows that I’m good at what I do. That means keeping my job. I also have another project coming up at the end of the month. I’ll be busy for the foreseeable future.
But this week will be kind of slow. I’d like to set some goals for myself so I can be good and productive. I’ll be posting to social media as usual. I’m going to try and use this down time to create reusable content for our Facebook and Twitter feeds. I would like to write at least one post for our tips blog. And maybe I’ll get around to finishing up that style guide for the video workshops.
Well that sounds like a plan to me! So tonight maybe I can get plenty of sleep and be ready to hit the ground running in the morning.
On the non work-related goals front, it would be great if I posted something to my other blog, “A Learning Experience.” I feel like there’s some content bubbling for that one. We’ll see.
Today has escaped
Like a cat through a door left open
It bolted into the tall grass
Now it sits waits for the opening of a tuna can
The signal to come home
The YMCA has a big window where they display members’ new year’s resolutions.
I took a picture of these two to remind me that it’s important to set goals that you’re ready for. We’re all at different places in life, and we do what we can.