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Well I'llllllllllllll Be.

February 23rd, 2007 (04:58 pm)


I was sitting here, the windows and doors open to a coolish rainy afternoon,
slightly begrudging the fact that in just an hour or so I would have to don my wet
scooter riding gear and head in to work, where I would be the closer tonight.

a looooong 9 hour shift that ends with hauling trash to the dumpster across the parking
lot, sweeping and mucking out ash trays and running the drunks out at 2 AM.

all this, on a chilly wet night when most folks wouldn't be heading out into anyway,
so it would not only be long/boring it would not be lucrative.

But you take your bad days with your good days--and I do have a pretty sweet job,
much as I complain. ^_^

THEN SUDDENLY *BrrrrrrIng* the phone next to me rang and I yelped.
(that thing always startles me--it's kinda next to my head when I am on line...)
I picked up on the first ring--I have no caller I.D. (philosophical reasons)
It was Henry, one of the managers for work. I imagined I was being called in to come
early--and braced myself for the news.

Instead, he asked me quite brightly if I would like to take the night off?
we just aren't going to need all these folks on a night like tonight....


I did the math in my head quickly, taking into consideration my recent good fortune with
the IRS and USAA Insurance.... and said: HELL YEAH, wow, Thanks Henry!

You see....even as last cut? I was the only one willing to pick up the phone
when work came a callin'


So the last girl on the list--GOT THE PRIZE!!!!

*small curtsey*


Posted by: Finch (tom_servo)
Posted at: February 23rd, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)

I picked up on the first ring--I have no caller I.D. (philosophical reasons)

This, I want to hear about...

So the last girl on the list--GOT THE PRIZE!!!!

There can be only one!

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Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)

i totally forgot to spell check that!


Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)


My close Friends will groan as I rattle down the list of my Neoluddite
behavioral Quirks, I am far too fond of doing so.

Ginger has never owned a car,
never had a credit card,
not even a bank account.
(and until recently acquiescing to the Roomie...)
Never owned a microwave oven.
((well, I couldn't very well make him throw it out???))
(((yeah, I tried to. ^_^)))

Ginger has never owned a cell phone,
Ginger thinks call-waiting is Rude....she learned this from her Father.
(who later decided maybe it wasn't Sooooo bad, so now much to her shame...
she has also allowed it to invade her phone package)

And Ginger, for reasons even she has a difficult time explaining...
Finds that the mystery of a ringing phone should be left alone.

Yes, I have had my little quirks for a long time.
And YES, I have had more than one person point out
that on those occasions when I pause
and let the answering machine get it?
That is for all points & purposes--THE SAME FUCKING THING!!!

Call it a quiet way of protecting myself from myself.
I am not so noble at my core, not so noble at all......

But with a few de-Vices put into play, I am forced by the society that I live in
to rise above a few things that I would probably not be able to
without the weird crutches I have dragged along with me all these years.

Training Wheels?

You see, if i HAD caller I.D.--I would have looked at the phone number.
I would have been everyone else. I would have responded as EVERYONE else did.
I didn't want to go in early EITHER!

But I don't have caller I.D.
Because I am not strong enough on a moment to moment basis to make those
judgement calls. I like to make them in one sweeping moment of Ideal Clarity!

So I'm the one who always picks up the phone.
I am the one who comes in and covers shifts--because it is too hard to say no
to a person on the other end of the line who needs you!

Thus, I have a reputation for going-the-extra-mile,

And in the long run, that is more valuable.
Far more valuable than an extra hour of my day.

Does it make sense to anyone but me?

If I had all the convenience of a modern person, I would be a very very bad person.
I drink a lot. What if I had a car? Cars feel safe and they surround you...one is far
more likely to get in a car and drive than one is to risk a gimpy little scooter.


In a car it is more likely that I would kill someone else, on a scooter?
Dude, you lay that baby down and you are TOAST--BLOODY TOAST.
On a scooter you must be wildly aware.

Several times, I have walked up to my scoot--looked at her or him, and thought:
Nopers. Time to call a cab.
Not sure I would do that with a Volvo.

The Roomie calls me A MARTYR TO MY LIFESTYLE.....
I suppose I am.

What would I do with a credit card?
How much in dept and miserable could I have made myself???

As it is--I have more savings most of the time (in a little teapot in paper C notes)
than anyone I know. I have saved thousands of dollars, to do things I wanted to
do. Socked away money and been able to bail folks out--literally and figuratively.
In a moment.

My energy is always a physical PRESENCE--I can SEE it. HOLD it in my hands.
Most of the jobs I have had in my life paid me daily, not with a check.

Friends, Family members, say that they fear the fact that I have no credit.
IN THIS WORLD you MUST have good CREDIT!!!

but i have no debt. They do.

I am the grasshopper who lives from day to day, with her little teapot.

I have taken care of folks, and many many many folks--have taken care of ME
in my need. The trade continues.

When the phone rings?
I pick it up.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: February 24th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)

Yeah.........was far too vain to leave the first version up.


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