Bent beneath the weight of sudden responsibilities and an uncooperative lower back, Mrs. Scatter staggers to the first meeting of her Important New Job. Drawing: “The Crooked Man,” from Project Gutenberg.
Did you hear I got a new job? If you missed the first two installments, read â€¦
Part 1: The short-lived dream of running for president.
Part 2: The bizarre, twisted tale of how the job found me.
A brief recap:
- Blissful summer.
- No job and no plans for a job.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- A mysterious Jane nominates me for president.
- White House hopes dashed.
- Two Large Smelly Liabilities.
- Love Jane.
- Love Third Angle.
- Love Ron.
- Earflap hats.
- Flying rockets.
- Killer water fights.
- Urinating dog.
- Frozen Music â€“ City Dance.
- Date night.
- Sunny beach.
- Typing into phone.
- Junior Rose Parade.
- Auto parts store.
I made the big announcement on FaceBook:
Say hello to the new managing director of Third Angle New Music Ensemble! I’m excited to work with my old friend Ron Blessinger. It’s the one job that could have lured me back to the work world before I had planned.
And then I had a little exchange with one of my â€œfriends.â€
Mighty Toy Cannon: â€œHey congratulations. Welcome to the arts administratorsâ€™ club.â€
Miss Laura: â€œWill you show me the secret handshake?â€
MTC: â€œOnce I’ve learned the handshake for the League of Tough-Guy Arts Observers! I’d also be happy to pass along the code book and the secret map to hidden treasures.â€
Miss Laura: â€œI hope finding the secret treasures doesn’t involve dark passageways filled with giant spiders and booby-trapped blades that take heads off.â€
OK, so I didnâ€™t fully disclose on my resume that I had once worked as a clerk in an auto parts store.
I really donâ€™t think thatâ€™s any excuse not to be up front about the booby-trapped blades.
Everything amazingly clicked into place. My grand scheme was to take the summer off, then come up with a whole new career. So I went on vacation, drove home on Labor Day and went to a meeting that night.
It was to be my first job duty. My first impression. My first official act of my Whole New Career.
But first â€¦ the day before my big debut I woke up in a nice cottage in Ashland, walked across the hall, stepped on the cold tile floor of the bathroom and suddenly went HOLY MOTHER OF GOD Iâ€™M SORRY I WAS BORN WITH LEGS!
My entire lower back seized up and wouldnâ€™t let go. I could hardly walk.
I thought a nice warm shower would take care of it. No such luck. I took a couple of ibuprofen. Mildly better.
Continue reading Now I’ve got that job: a back-breaker before it begins