The particular annoying thing about these days is that nothing catastrophically bad happens. Only the feeling of accelerating, slow-moving, gathering strength avalanche. The wait is worse than the event itself, that’s a banality, but oh how ever appropriately current one.
All unpleasant things that were happening a week ago continue to this one – but a shade more hopeless, a shade more angry; here a brushstroke of nastiness added, there – of desperation. Sometimes it verges on caricature; 2 weeks ago you would think it IS a caricature; now it’s a mainstream. The borderline recedes with every week.
Went to a networking event, talked to several trade people. Here’ are snaps:
A Supremely-Groomed Designer:
In these difficult times, when our usual sources of clientele are diminished we all have but one hope – our Government. In all its incarnations. Thankfully, there are so many departments and committees now, you can always find one or two willing to spend their “public works” funds. Like a Sustainable Green Wall that I designed for an UES, to cover an ugly brick side of a building: 5 city departments and the City Council approved. Of course, it will take about 5 months to collect all the permits, but in a meanwhile I am busy and paid! If only we could finish once and for all with those Republicans. The most single-mindedly stupid, shortsighted, cruel, economically-illiterate people…
I: I am not a Republican, but I can tell you better say all this while looking at the mirror
SGD: But they are against Gay Marriage! They discriminate by sex!
I: And who cares about sex when a house is on fire? Only stupid, short-sighted, economically-…
SGD: it’s easy for you to say! I care!
I: So, it is now OK to marry your partner in NY State ; did you?
SGD (hastily leaves, choking on a piece of cheese)
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