If you were cognizant of your pop culture surroundings in the 80s, you must remember that scene in Stand by Me where Jerry O’Connell’s character Vern Tessio spends nearly the entire school year looking for his buried pennies under the porch. The Writer, played by Richard Dreyfus, narrates.
“At the beginning of the school year, Vern had buried a quart jar of pennies underneath his house. He drew a treasure map so he could find them again. A week later, his mom cleaned out his room and threw away the map. Vern had been trying to find those pennies for nine months. Nine months, man. You didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.”
That’s the thought I had the full eight months it has been since my last blog entry. Eight months, man. Not as disappointing as losing a jar of pennies, but it’s close. You see, I had a paying job for the last eight months. It’s no excuse, but it will have to do. But now, “He’s back ladies and gentlemen.” Do you remember that quote? It’s from another 80s movie, Summer School, coincidentally directed by Carl Reiner, father of Rob, who directed Stand by Me. Damn, I am on a role with these 80s pop culture references! That quote is more obscure, as the movie is a whole lotta bad, yet fun and enjoyable, compared to Stand by Me. In Summer School, the character Francis ‘Chainsaw’ Gremp says, “He’s back, ladies and gentlemen”, after Mark Harmon’s character Shoop is rehired as a high school teacher, much to the frustration and consternation of the school’s principal. It’s a fun movie; you should watch it. Spoiler alert: Shoop gets the girl, played by Kirstie Alley.
So, after eight months, I’m back and underemployed again. It’s back to this blog, whether you like it or not, dammit. Yup, not working. Again. It’s happened so often that my reaction now is, “Yeah, oh well.” The reaction of panic and stress isn’t really there. A bit of anger, certainly, but that anger is motivating. I’m writing this blog, I’ve got some ideas, I’m hoping I don’t have to work retail again, and I’m really motivated to create my own opportunities in writing and editing. Working for others has never worked. No hard feelings, but we’re just not a good fit.