Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Something Like That

Work is always trying to suppress my primal urges. It's really a drag. We used to go outside and scream, back before Natalie Portman in "Garden State" made screaming cool. One of us would have a really shitty day and we'd just grab one of our coworkers and go scream outside. It was therapeutic. Apparently, work didn't think so. They thought it was scary. So, we don't scream outside anymore.

We used to have handheld computers that reminded me of old school Gameboys, but bigger, heavier and uglier. The day our company decided to upgrade was monumental. My coworkers and I wanted to celebrate "
Office Space" style, with a ball bat. We even tried to grease the wheels by turning it into a fundraiser, $5 for three whacks. But the company refused, and there the handhelds have sat.

I'm trying to find a point for telling you this, some great metaphor about life (blah blah blah). But I don't have one. Sometimes, I just feel like being pointless. Tomorrow I'll be 26. I always thought I'd be a lot smarter at this age. But so far that's the only disappointment. I'm neither rich nor poor, defeated or bored. I have a husband who entertains me at 7am by pretending to be RoboCop.

Life can be good if you let it. Maybe not in a barrels-of-money kind of way. But definitely an extra-marshmallows-in-your-Lucky-Charms kind of way. I turn on the news each morning and I see a lot of people giving up. They forget what they have. You always have something. If it's not a job, it's family. If it's not family, it's your health. If it's not health, it's hope. If you don't have hope, then you're not looking hard enough.

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At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

TINK BABY! 26 tomorrow, woohoo! Wow, you're young. You're a super good person, and I hope it is a good birthday.
Those little handhelds? Imagine dropping them from a great height. Probably a very satisfying splatter of parts.

 
At 28 January, 2009, OpenID getyourfreecone said...

So true!

 
At 28 January, 2009, Anonymous emily said...

amen, sister.

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Christy said...

How can they ask you not to scream outside? Would they rather have workers with pent up aggression meandering around unable to release their full potential because they are bogged down with the urge to scream?

Tomorrow you'll be 26 and ever growing with your sweet, pickly wisdom.

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

You learn along the way, you're tasting what life is about. It's not the magic we were promised as children, but it's still magic... We just had to learn the real meaning of magic. That lesson is never complete.

I am feeling the same as you, only a few years older. So see?? You're on the right track.

Happy Birthday!

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

Maybe I shouldn't point this out, but I felt like doing so.

26 was my best age ever, the best time of my life probably. I wasn't yet married though, I guess it was just an exciting year.

Anyways... that's it from me. :) Enjoy your week!

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger furiousBall said...

I demand video footage of RoboHoop

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Persnickety Ticker said...

Happy Birthday one day early.

Here's wishing you extra marshmallows and monkeys!

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger mrspao said...

So very young! Happy Birthday for tomorrow :)

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger HalfAsstic.com said...

Wow! did you start out your "pointless" post thinking you would be so uplifting?
Very well said. Finding grace in the little things is always something anyone can do at anytime.
;-)

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Gramps said...

I've always got beer, so I'm always happy--for a curmudgeon, that is.

 
At 28 January, 2009, OpenID snookster said...

LOVE this post! Thanks for giving me some hope today =)

 
At 28 January, 2009, Anonymous Sarge said...

Tink, I never knew you were a preacher! ;)

You are very wise for a young grasshopper! If we just took more time to count our blessings each day, our lives would be full of joy, instead of depression and angst. Thanks for your reminder!!
Lets make an appointment to drink some of that wonderful beer you mentioned today! I will pick some up this weekend so I can have some on hand for whenever we all get together again!

and remember March 2nd comes quicker tham we think haha

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Reb said...

Tink, you may not be smarter, but it certainly sounds as though you are wiser. That counts for a lot more. Keep up with that positive outlook and you will be just fine.

Happy Birthday!

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Michael Knight Rambo said...

Hey, you- Happy Birthday tomorrow!
Your good attitude will get you far.
But that doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to Office Space things at work sometimes- I know I'd like to smash half of my work's machines.

 
At 28 January, 2009, Anonymous apathy lounge said...

Comfort yourself with the fact that you're a damned funny writer at 26.

 
At 28 January, 2009, OpenID kcinnova said...

Happy birthday to a heck of a good photographer and wise & witty friend. In the past year, we've all fallen in love with you a little bit more. (Hoop more than all of us probably, since he married you!)

And what is that Monty Python song at the end of the movie? "Always look on the bright side of life!"
*walks away whistling*

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger meno said...

I used to threaten to throw a computer through a window at work and get away with it by calling it performance art and taking donations for sick children during the performance.

Yeah, my work didn't go for it either. No imagination.

 
At 28 January, 2009, Blogger Hilary said...

Happy Birthday, sweet, wise Tink. :)

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Dana said...

*note to self* Come back tomorrow to wish Tink a happy birthday!

I've often been accused of being too optimistic because I give thanks for many things that seem quite trivial to most. I've found it feels far better to focus on what I have than on what I don't have.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger mamatulip said...

I am, still, even after 'knowing' you for...what? Four years now? I'm still somewhat taken aback when I read your age. Twenty-six. You are so mature and sensible and realistic for twenty-six.

Happy Birthday, love.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

Happy birthday!! Put on some happy music and dance crazily around for at least 5 minutes today. :)

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger OneDaisy said...

Oh, but you are wize for your young age. Very well put! Happy Birthday! Love you.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Jen said...

Tink you are perfect. Absolutely.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Jen said...

P.S. Happy birthday, Tink!

Call your friend and ask her out for lunch. When you get there remind her you don't have any money. Then, enjoy your free lunch!

 
At 29 January, 2009, Anonymous Mike said...

I remember 26.

I think i'm even dumber now.

Happy birthday.

For my birthday, could you send me Natalie Portman? I'd like to stick my pickle in her brine jar.

Thanks in advance.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Tawcan said...

Holy crap you're younger than me and married? Damn I got to work on that part.

Happy bday Tink, make sure you have a good one.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Knight said...

Happy Birthday TINK! May your day be filled with RoboHoop, Bento Box goodness, and all around sporktasticness.
Hey, and since it's your birthday you should go outside and scream if you want to.

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger Woman in a Window said...

Tink, you nailed it! Succinctly nailed IT!

 
At 29 January, 2009, Blogger the planet of janet said...

happy birthday, my friend. i think that screaming should be de rigueur!

 
At 02 February, 2009, Blogger Terri said...

last paragraph ~ very well said!

 
At 12 February, 2009, Blogger fiwa said...

And that last paragraph? THAT is why I love you. You are so freaking smart. It takes most people a lifetime to learn that - if they ever learn it at all.

Sorry I missed your burfday, but it sounds like it was a good one. I'm glad your family and Hoop cherished you.

 

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