I mean, point taken.
The Silver Fox pointed out after my post this morning that it’s the first time I’ve posted since he abandoned me – er, left on his six week vacation back on September 16th.
He didn’t specify the year, but it seems like about a decade since he left.
Between that and this insane grind I’ve been on since around the end of July, my routine has been pretty erratic. Hell, even my self care has been off.
Side note: I’ve got to figure out a way to reference these jobs I’m doing in a shorthand format. It’s crazy trying to keep them straight in my own mind. I can’t imagine it’s any easier reading them without much context.
For ease of reading – I hope – I think I’ll refer to them by number, in the chronological order in which they came to me:
Job 1: writing.
Job 2: Peterson’s, aka – the convenience store. Surprisingly not the worst paying at Oregon’s minimum wage of $12.50/hr…see Job 1.
Job 3: the temp HR job, which is looking pretty good for the temp-to-hire scenario.
Job 4: Lyft, aka – The Verb.
Job 5: Postmates.
Side note, squared: I’ve got to divest myself of a job or two. The thing is, I tried resigning from Job 2 three weeks ago and it was somehow rejected. There was a deal that lasted a week until I got a “Can you pick up an extra day?” Luckily, that ended up being unnecessary, but I’ll admit that I’m passively trying to get fired now by actively disobeying a rule here or there.
So far, no dice.
Anyway, to address the Silver Fox’s point, I have begun doing little mini-workouts over the last few weeks at home. Just two or three times a week, nothing major. There’s a draft called Post in my pipeline that kind of elaborates on that and my In Living Color Jamaican Skit worthy number of jobs…but I started it as part of that game I mentioned playing earlier today. Alas, I “lost” that round and got a ride before I finished it.
So, today I had ended up with a draw in The Game – finished the blog entry after failing my initial mission to retrieve my laptop.
Made $100 in three hours, so let’s really acknowledge that this was a win.
To honor The Fox, I took my self-care up a notch. I addressed the brown thumb situation that is my balcony pot garden.
Calm down, mother. The other kind of pot.
What a friggin’ mess. Such a waste of a summer planting opportunity. As a matter of fact, I’d go as far to say that the only plant out there was Ollie the Olive Tree. The Hens & Chicks and the sedum in the second pic are barely clinging to life and everything else that could be considered as plant life has pulled a Carol Anne and walked toward the damn light.
To that end, I took my hun from this morning and parlayed some of it into a few plants. Honestly, I’d been thinking about it since this morning. My second ride was to drop a guy off at his car, which was parked at the Home Depot.
Ok, here’s how driving frequently goes – and I’ll be honest, the cyclical/coincidental nature makes me question whether the Universe is putting signs in front of me…
Ride 1: dropped Sweatpant Guy at the airport.
Ride 2: took a guy back to his aforementioned car parked at the Home Depot by the airport.
At this point, I start to think,
Aight. It’s gonna be an airport-type day.
Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Especially on a Saturday, when the traffic isn’t bad. The run only takes 20 minutes and if you get tipped, it’s about a $20 journey.
But then nothing happens.
I had made a comment to my second passenger that maybe I should look at some plants while I was there, but didn’t feel like dropping money on plants at that point. I play The Game all the way across town to the office of Job 3, pick up my laptop and had just stashed it in the back of Pat the Patriot when I get a ping.
From two blocks away.
Which brings us to…
Ride 3: I drop off a young lady at work. She works at Ross on Jantzen Beach – which just so happened to have relocated to the building of a Linens ‘N Things that I used to manage before that company went out of business (no causal relationship, I assure you).
There is also a Home Depot right there. I drive by the Home Depot on the way back to the freeway, but a slow walker crossing the parking lot on The Diagonal pissed me off and I felt like my ire might be toxic to the plants, so I kept driving.
Normally, I’d respect The Diagonal, except: slow walker. And you know when someone sees you and knows they’re pulling a dick move, so I got away from that Bozo.
I’m back on the 5 heading into town, and I start to see tail lights. I decide to get off – of the freeway, Diezel, calm down – and head the rest of the way into town on surface streets. I kinda think it’s hard to get a ping on the freeway, too. It happens, but I’m not crazy about it when it does.
Sure enough, I get a couple blocks and I get a ping.
Back to Jantzen Beach.
Ok, maybe this is the type of day it’s really going to be. Getting yo-yoed all over kingdom come.
Back to the beach I go.
Ride 4: This guy wants to go from Jantzen Beach – as far north in Portland as you can go before hitting the dreaded Vantucky – to Hillsboro. Hillsboro is west of Portland city limits.
About 30 miles west.
It was a $30 trip, so I’m not complaining.
Turns out, he’s picking up his car, too.
What the fuckity-fuck are you trying to tell me, Universe?!?
Assuming the two Home Depot adjacent trips and the two Fetch the Car trips cancel each other out, I begin to wonder is maybe it’s a Hot Guy Day and maybe the Universe is telling me to get laid.
Since I’m old and fell in love with a rider yesterday – another story – I decide it’s not worth the effort. Plus, I kinda buried the lede earlier…you know what I ended up doing.
I’m actually curious why you’re still here since I ruined the surprise! Hehe.
Then The Fox sends me a message on WhatsApp from Italy about finally posting while he’s gone – which I’m now realizing was a perfect chance for me to ask if he took my book with him if he misses my writing so much, damnit! I hate missing a chance to mess with that man.
Anyway, I went and used my Driving For Dollars money and bought some plants.
Still some empty pots, but it’s a start! And Ollie looks much happier with some friends.
You’re welcome, Neighbors and Hotel Guests!