Day 236 – And So It Goes…

Same old shit different day.  So far so good.  It’s the American way.  You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Life’s a bitch.  I will sleep when I am dead.  Congrats.  Looking back is always clearer.  Google it.  Another day another dollar.  The customer is always right.  Starving artist.  Biological clocks are ticking away.  You can’t say enough about him.  Hump day.  Money is the root of all evil…..sigh.  I hate some cliches.  Not all of them just some of them.  These ones in particular.  They are so crappy….and when people say them out loud I notice that it hurts my soul.  Just a little bit.  Anyway….I am standing in line at Safeway and the person in front of me is spouting out a bunch of them as small talk.  Cashiers hate this by the way.  I roll my eyes and wonder how many unoriginal conversations I have on a daily basis.  That customer moves on.  My cashier rings up my groceries…12.90.  I pay.  We don’t do the small talk thing.  Just then she asks me if I want to donate a dollar to help disabled kids.  “A dollar….in fact I will donate 5 dollars!” I say.  “No one ever says that!” she says.  So I add on five whole bucks to my total….I pay the 17.90 (math, nifty right?) and head out.

I wanted to just make a simple one tonight.  It was easy and fun and all of that stuff.  I know someone will enjoy this.  And if not I will keep it.  I am in a funk tonight….don’t know why.  Just am.  This gift is fun to think about.  My project is all I ever think about anymore.  Thats ok.  I am at peace with it.  I am looking at what I am going to do when it is over.  What do you think I should do?  Should I keep giving?  Should I keep painting daily?  What would it look like if I painted one painting a week based on my favorite gift that week?  How about photos instead of paintings?  How about just giving it all up all together?  Do you think I could quit?  Do you think I will still do this even if I don’t post, paint, or show everyone….?   Does the Pope shit in the woods?

Take care.


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2 Responses to Day 236 – And So It Goes…

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m not exactly sure where the Pope shits, but I can’t imagine you ever stopping giving after this year’s journey-perhaps some of the pressure you’re under will be a bit less if you don’t live under the discipline of painting and posting about it every single day, but selfishly I’d like to see some variation of the theme in terms of keeping an online presence going so that I don’t totally lose touch with you.
    When you’re feeling OK, it seems that you love to paint, so I don’t imagine that’s going away either; perhaps b/c of the techniques you’ve learned this year, you’ll concentrate more on what you’re especially passionate about and figure out how to market your gift to ease some of your family’s financial struggles.
    What’s that other one? If a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one there to hear it, did it really fall?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I honestly don’t know (or really care!) where the Pope shits, but these are all intriguing questions you ask in what seems to be one of your more pensive moods. Now having met you and your family twice in person (what a delight!) but feeling that I know you somewhat well after being “The Reply Prolific”, I can’t envision that you will ever stop giving after this wondrous journey you’ve undertaken; the gifts may vary and perhaps w/o the burden of having to come up with something each day, will be even more joyous and fulfilling. Knowing that when you’re feeling well, you LOVE to paint, I also can’t imagine that you will stop doing that as well; perhaps as a bonus to having perfected your techniques this past year, you will figure out how to market what you love to do and ease some of your financial burdens. I personally will be sad if the blogging comes to an end b/c that is “our language”, but if it’s so, we’ll all adapt.
    Isn’t this also a cliche (or perhaps an existential question)? If a trees falls in the forest but there’s no one there to hear it, did it really fall?

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