Saturday, September 03, 2005

So this isn't going to be all about work...

...though on most days I might address that topic.

It's 9 p.m., and I have done nothing today other than read and sleep and cook. I read more about Katrina. I started reading one of the textbooks for my first library science class this fall--and was really interested. I think I'm going to like it. I just need to figure out how to communicate that I'm going to like it, instead of offering the "we'll see" shrug to people who ask about it. I need to learn how to be enthusiastic.

I need to learn a lot.

I read two completely heartbreaking stories from the Atlantic Monthly's fiction issue, "The House on Kronenstrasse" and "Poor Devil." Both made me cry, but felt good to read, especially the first.

And now... It's Saturday night, and I don't really know anyone in this town. I have been out to the bars twice--once with my ex-boyfriend who I am trying desperately not to call, and once with the guys next door, who I haven't seen in weeks (did they disappear?).

WOW: Rehnquist has died.

I think I'm going to sort through my collection of cassette tapes and drive to Wyoming. It's not that far, and will give me some time to think (like I haven't had time). Tomorrow, it's work--maybe just a day of it, even.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Characters

Ruth - Director of the slide library and art history lecturer. Fifty, with a striking appearance, sort of Georgia O'Keefe-ish with her grey hair and chiseled face. She is a lesbian whose partner of 10 or so years has just moved overseas to pursue her career in art.

Me - Assistant director of the slide library. Twenty-four, graduated a couple of years ago and have struggled a little to find a good job. I like art and libraries, so this one sounded great--good enough to leave Denver for a more rural environment. Starting on my master's degree in library science in just a few days.

Anna - Work study by day, rock star by night. Member of a four-person band who has hit it big in the Denver area. She studies art history and philosophy. Has black hair, an edgy wardrobe, and edgier friends.

Cheryl - Our other work study who didn't talk unless spoken to for the first nine months or so of her employment. Sometimes wears strangely provocative clothing, and dyed her hair red once. Just today she shocked me (seriously) with this: "Hey, Leslie, how are you today?" Usually it's me saying: "Hey, Cheryl, how are you?" and she answers "Fine, and yourself?" and that is often our only interaction.

Booker - Ruth's schipperke-chihuahua mix. He is small and black and has a lame leg. He doesn't like to be left at home alone, nor does he like to be left behind when Ruth is teaching. He barks ferociously at intruders, otherwise known as library patrons.

First Night

What will this be? I'm not sure yet. The decision to blog grows out of being understimulated at work, frustrated with things that happen there, and sometimes baffled and humored by people's actions. We've all been there--the job we took because there was little else for the taking, the boss who can't be bothered to do anything, the wide variety of coworkers--friends and foes. It's rich material. Maybe this will turn into a book...

Over the weekend I'll start out with some background information on the characters and a few of the situations I've found myself in lately. And then I'll just see what happens...