Yeah, ok…the hell with that question.
I’m torn about whether it will be my death certificate or my tombstone that says, “Well, that answers that question…”
I forwarded my acupuncture appointment reminder to voicemail earlier and when I went in to delete the message, saw that I actually had two. Now, this would hardly be the first time I’ve received two reminder calls, but that wasn’t the case today.
The second call was a follow up to a kick ass interview that I had last week. Just wanted to let me know that they went with an internal.
If you have been reading The Great Job Hunt series, you know how lovely I find those words.
So, instead of dwelling and falling into the same trap that I did last time I got the internal candidate rash, I decided to refocus on some funnier “What could possibly go wrong” moments and other recent examples of my quirk-centric existence.
A much better use of my energy.
It’s amazing to me how many of these humorous situations are actually crowd sourced while I’m with friends versus my solo adventures. But let’s start with one of those rarer gems, shall we?
Because, it just happened.
I was at the pharmacy picking up a refill before the weekend – because I’m not working, pretty much have every day to get this errand done but for some reason would rather wait until 4:45 on a Friday to do so.
Maybe it’s that I wanna trot my keg belly across town at the hottest part of the day. Perhaps since it’s a Friday, I figured there’d be some guycandy knocking off early along the way to reward me for completing this task.
Maybe it was both.
I had called ahead, but there were still a few minutes needed to finish up my refill. Taking a seat, I heard the door open behind me and was treated to my guy candy.
Dressed in a cropped mesh football-ish jersey and cut off denim shorts, I assumed he couldn’t be coming from work. He might be heading to work, I mused, since my pharmacy is near one of Portland’s two gay strip clubs.
I got a little distracted when leaned over the counter and pushed his butt out toward me, but I did vaguely hear him say he needed a refill over the rushing of my pulse. My first thought was absolutely unmentionable but my second thought was, “This guy looks like he could have starred in a gay remake of an 80s Whitesnake video.
I was abruptly ripped back to reality by eight numbers: 11171996.
Of course, I had to share this with my friend, Diezel. He would certainly enjoy my discomfiture.
He certainly didn’t disappoint.
I couldn’t resist throwing a little shade in my jealousy over the carefree existence young gays have thanks to science, hence my “whore” comment.
Naturally, he sat down three feet from me and began finessing the fringe on his shorts. Picking at a thread here, lifting a knee to the side of his head to get a look at the backside of his shorts.
Seriously, kid…I’m looking. Let’s not overdo it, shall we?
Nevertheless, this St Lucille Bluth meme just captured my inner grumpy old man so perfectly in the moment…me, being all bitter over what I know I can’t have.
It was quite delicious – and responsible – that this kid was picking up his PrEP prescription moments before the weekend began. All the while, teasing the defenseless old man. It’s 90 degrees, kid. I’m too dehydrated to drool, don’t take it personally.
Earlier today, Jortis took some time to take a swipe at my figurative chops on the Facebook. He had seen a video about how to tell if there are sharks in the water before you swim in it.
He thought to tag me, which made me chuckle. Still, I watched the video through my fingers, ready to throw my phone aside at the first sign of a shark attack.
The video proudly touts the simple secret of detecting a shark infested body of water using only a spoon.
Step 1) Use spoon to taste a sample of the water
If the water tastes like salt there’s sharks in it.
I’ll wait while you recover from that subtle shock.
I’m of the mind that just because sharks are rarely found in fresh or brackish waters it doesn’t mean theyaren’t ever found there. As a matter of fact, I think every time you go into fresh water without encountering a shark, it just makes it more likely that it might happen the next time.
Yes, yes, yes, swimming pools, jacuzzis and bath tubs.
Fears are supposed to be irrational!
Also, I failed Probabilities & Statistics. In my defense, I took it at 8 am while I was working swing shift from 11 PM to 7 AM at Hoag Hospital.
This galeophobia of mine has been responsible for some rather amusing moments for my friends recently. At my expense, naturally. Not that I mind. With all the shit I sling, I best be able to take some in return!
Interesting side note, galeophobia is derived from the Greek word for weasel or polecat. Have you all become at least virtually acquainted with my murderous feline?
Not to be outdone, Little Buddy can generally be relied upon to insert an “irrational fear of sharks” bon mot into any given situation. And they’re usually pretty friggin’ hilarious.
This floor decal, for instance
Surely, there’s a shower curtain available.
I’m not suggesting at all that she goes out of her way to find these nightmare triggers for me.
The Facebook, on the other hand, seems to understand her shopping and internet browsing habits. Recently, this suggestion popped up on her Facebook feed.
She’s a crazy-talented baker, too, so I’ve no doubt about what the next birthday cake she bakes me will look like!
Finally – and I’m not suggesting that Little Buddy or Jortis is some sort of catalyst here – but last week, we all went to Portland Center Stage to see the final show of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.
Sidebar: if this is playing anywhere near you ever, I suggest you go see it.
Anyhoo…after the show, we all cry-stumbled over to Powell’s because Jortis had a book he needed to pick up. None of us, save Jortis, knew what book he was after – and I’ve since forgotten…old – but I was surprised to find our party lost together in the sci-fi/fantasy room. This room is about a quarter of a city block, so don’t doubt me when I say we were lost together.
Plus, I had some door trouble as a result of being raised right. When I held the door for one of our foursome, eighty other people decided that Powell’s was the place to be and I got stuck at the entrance while watching the three people I was with get smaller and further and further spread out.
I caught up with LB in the Orange Room – or was it the Pink Room?
Nevertheless, there we were, waiting.
Maybe a little buzzed.
Definitely feeling the emotional weight of the show we’d just seen.
And it’s Little Buddy to our emotional rescue!
She somehow managed to catch a cluster of book titles that struck her as the perfect indicator that Jortis and I were in the right area. This is probably part of why I think it might have been the Pink Room…
Have you ever noticed how homoerotic fantasy fiction is?
Little Buddy definitely has.
Bones of the Earth?
This Side of Judgment?
How many titles in that pic have the word Queen in them?!?
And this just happens to catch Little Buddy’s eye. I mean, c’mon! I have no question why LB is in my life, she’s prepaying her time in purgatory, obviously.
But, if I did…this moment is a perfect illustration.
For my part, not to be out-distracted, I noticed a book about 6″ – seriously, no double entendres intended – outside of the frame of the picture above.
I don’t know who this Belgarath the Sorcerer is, but his name is an anagram for my last name.
Ever since I’ve seen this, I’ve been trying to have a dream about Belgarath where we meet, fall in love, get married and then his name is Belgarath bal Gather.
(Like I’d tell you my real last name)
Anyway…hey, look! I distracted myself from my double-disappointing news day! I failed to mention that I’ve been summoned to Seattle next week for a preliminary round of We Hired An Internal, causing me to cancel a trip to The Gorge to christen LB and 2.0’s new wine country escape and Jortis’ birthday.
How’s that for crap timing?!?
But, like I said…channeling funny stories into my psyche in order to drive out the demons of bad news.
And it worked.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I also picked up a grocery bag of junk food earlier today as I wandered the aisles of my local RiteAid trying to figure out what it was I went in for.
Imma go comfort eat all of that.
Because, what could possibly go wrong?
It was dishwasher detergent, btw. And, no…I didn’t remember before I left.