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Saturday, May 3, 2003

If I'm going to have to work on a Saturday, this is the way I'd like it to be. In fact, if it could be like this all the time, I wouldn't mind working every Saturday. Naturally, I'd expect a little more time to myself during the week, but since I work at home I make my own breaks anyway.

Even before the big check came in the mail, I was planning on getting some work done today. I've fallen a little behind on some things, and then there's the inevitable month-end crunch that overloads the agenda at the start of the next month. I'll always work as hard as I need to to get everything done, but I don't necessarily follow anyone else's schedule to do it.

When we get paid that much money at once, I know that we have a dozen suppliers that have waited longer than they should have to for their bills to be paid. I always try to disburse the funds as soon as possible, and that's especially true when we've been waiting this long to be paid. So as soon as I opened the mail, I knew I'd spend my afternoon writing checks.

It was good, though. It was like an oasis, when I compare it with an ordinary work day, full of the kinds of interruptions that make everything take twice as long. If I could have Saturdays like this, I'd work every Saturday. I'd sleep until eleven, pick up the mail, and then write checks all day while watching the Giants beat the Reds in color, with stereo sound and the best baseball announcing team in the world.

That's not a bonus in this case; it's part of the package. The oasis requires the whole package. That's why this is such a rare treat, and why I'm feeling so good about my Saturday. My perfect planet, the one I dreamed about all of fourth grade, the one with talking dogs and the Twinkies growing on trees, has Saturdays like this. Every Saturday is like this on that planet.

1 May 03

The "sunset oak" in early May.

It didn't hurt my mood that the sun was out all day, at least at my house. I didn't get out in it much, but why would I work in the yard when the gardener is coming in a few days? I did get rained on when I went to the post office, and that was kind of weird. It was like passing through an invisible curtain. I was driving along and suddenly it was colder, and raining hard, and really dark.

When I came home, I passed back through the curtain into brilliant sunshine and blue skies. And all of this happened within a few blocks from home. I was expecting rain all day, and I guess if I lived in that other neighborhood a mile down the road I would have had it. Weird. It really did feel like a different planet.

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Tonight's movie was The Bourne Identity, or as I like to call it, The Boring Nonentity. It poses the perfectly pointless question, What if you woke up with amnesia and discovered you had super powers? And then you looked in the mirror and realized you were Matt Damon. What then?

This is so not the kind of movie I like, a sort of psycho-political spy thriller. And yet, the premise is kind of a cross between two TV shows I watch, 24 and John Doe. If you rent the DVD, chapter 12 has a way cool car chase through Paris involving a battered red Mini, plus Matt Damon dyeing and cutting Franka Potente's hair. The rest is just plot.

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