Various Happenstances of Seth
April 10, 2007
Well, April Fools Day has come
and gone. And I fooled a few people into believing I had taken on
yet another interview book. Ha. I'm not even done with the Rhode
Island book I finished, as it has returned numerous times in the
form of vetting copyedits, writing additional limericks*,
and getting photo permissions. It's like the gift that keeps on
giving. Half a year from now, it should be a gift you keep on giving.
Meanwhile, perhaps I was a bit hasty in awarding myself the "I
finished my book" prize.
In fact, April has largely been
a month of "I didn't win", which should come as no surprise
to the TS Eliot fans among you. I received notice that my bid for
a creative designer job had been rejected. People once eager to
converse with me seem less so. I continue not to win in the Style
Invitational. The poetry slams seem to have died, so I can't win
there anymore. And the results from all the video contests I entered
are coming back, and alas, I have not won.
Still, there is some consolation
to be found in my consolation prizes. The Style Invitational sends
me magnets for my honorable mentions. Discover Magazine gave me
a free year's subscription for my non-winning explanation of string
theory. And if people's propensity for conversation has declined,
their propensity for providing provisions has increased. Dramatically.
It's possible that I have somewhat
of a reputation as a hungry gourmet**. The
resultant loss of social status in the workplace environment might
bother some people. Not I. On the contrary, I am finding that free
food tends to find its way to me lately. Here is a short list of
free food I have received in the past week, each from a different
person at my job:
- Fish taco
- Egg&ham quiche
- Peanut bean stew
- Baked ham
- Shepherd's pie
And this doesn't include food that was given to the
whole office of which I partook (sandwiches, cookies, cake). Not
to mention the food I've gotten at parties this week (salads and
cakes). Or the unexpected but delectable cheese which someone kindly
bestowed upon me. I suppose if April has seen fit to serve me humble
pie, at least it gives me something to eat.
P.S. -- This year's columns are
limericks. None of the other books in this series have limericks.
But when I accepted the contract for this book, I told them that
I wanted to feel like I was putting my own spin on it, and do some
limericks. They had to argue me down from the number I originally
wanted, but at least there are a few.
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