Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Recipe for a gloomy Tuesday:

1. The weather should be gray, and it should be on the verge of raining all day, but with no actual precipitation beyond a light mist.

2. Start the day with a dream about your ex-wife. It should be the mildly happy kind, one in which your divorce never happened, and you still believed in happily every after.

3. At work, get one or two things done right away, and then, for the rest of the morning, whenever you're on the verge of actually accomplishing something, someone should come by your cubicle or call, preferably with an "emergency" that isn't.

4. Leave work for your first dental appointment in two years. Spend an hour listening to soft rock and looking for patterns in the dots on the ceiling tiles while a young woman pokes at your gums and scrapes sharp pieces of metal across your teeth. Make an appointment to do it all over again on Thursday, giving you something to look forward to for the next couple of days.

5. Stop by the house on the way back to work to clean up a couple of things. Pick up an old stack of crap, find a three-year-old postcard from your then wife talking about how much she misses you.

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