Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hey, June...

You know what I love? How when there’s a sizeable gap in the times when I post something on here, someone (or some ones) from my past find this insane little blog and email me. That’s one of the reasons why I keep this thing going.

That, and I’d probably freaking just explode if I didn’t have a creative outlet.

So let’s begin where we left off, shall we?

OFFSPRING SAID IT BEST: WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB? Yeah, so, anyway, about my employment…as of right now, I am gainfully unemployed, a drain on society, a leech upon Ashley…however you want to turn the phrase. Of the multiple options often referenced in this blog, one I turned down, one never materialized (lack of funds), and one is in a holding pattern until – at the earliest – July 1. Now, for most human beings, this time off would be seen as a blessing and a welcome change of pace. I mean, I’ve been employed in at least a part-time capacity since I was in middle school, for crying out loud. To be sure, I’ve been moderately busy for the last ten days or so (the apartment has never been cleaner, for one thing). And…I’ve been reading. And writing. Quite a bit. And I’ve limited my time on-line (which in some ways explains the lack of postage on the blog, since the Internet sucks your soul in). So, I’ve been productive, but not in a way that one might measure by society’s standards.

So, screw society. I’m on a Sabbatical.

The most amazing part to me was that on my last day of employment, my boss and some of my students wanted to take me out to lunch. That was cool. It was also the last day of my employment in the field of Student Affairs, a career I began almost 14 years to the day. And I couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate sendoff: my career began at Miami with absolutely no fanfare, and it ended exactly the same way. We went to eat at the same restaurant I ate at my first day on the job, and the two people I ate with that day (Eli & Valerie) were there as well.

Yes, I am that big of a dork that this symbolism meant something. Also, I had to smile a little bit at the fact that my career began under a magnolia tree (the W) and ended under a palm tree (the U) – that it started when I took a full-time job that I thought I’d only be working temporarily at and ended with a temporary job that I thought I’d be working full-time at. God enjoys book ending my life, apparently.

LOOKING FORWARD TO LOOKING BACK In part of my off time, I’ve been rediscovering quite a few things from my past that either meant a lot to me: I read the first Omnibus edition of James Robinson’s Starman (recently released, which you NEED to read, if you’ve never read it before), and found and purchased some music at iTunes that makes me proud of (Altar Boys) and moderately embarrassed at (One Bad Pig) my misbegotten youth [SIDE NOTE – if anyone has a copy of The Awakening’s Into Thy Hands, I would love, love, love a copy of it]. Also, I’ve begun to fall in love with Netflix (between the classic DOCTOR WHO series available and that I have just now – yes, just now – seen the pilot episode of the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, I think this could be the greatest time-waster ever created).

AND HE KEEPS TALKING This past Sunday (6-8-08), Kevin was out of town (visiting the Mosaic LA community) and he asked me to speak. Notes will go up sometime in the next day or so – I don’t want to over saturate the market for fresh Sonny writings, you know.

REACH OUT AND… I will begin soon rectifying the fact I haven’t emailed a lot of my friends in some time. Expect strange and beautiful messages to show up in your Inboxes soon, but until then, feel free to email me at - my currently functioning email addy.

SPEND YOUR MONEY OR SAVE YOUR MONEY Go see Don’t Mess with the Zohan for great mindless humor (with a surprisingly serious message). Go see Iron Man for the best **** superhero movie in the last few years (until The Dark Knight opens). DON’T go see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull unless you want to feel the happiness of your childhood draining away. Read Final Crisis #1 by Grant Morrison to see what DC Comics should be doing. Read any random issues of Justice League of America to see what they should not be doing.

That’s all for now. See you in two and two.

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