Friday, April 17, 2009

April is the Coolest Month

As Blanche DuBois said, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Minus the incipient madness of Tennessee Williams' character in A Streetcar Named Desire, I have myself come to rely on the kindness of strangers in both the meat world and more familiar strangers, you friendly ghosts in the machine whom I call my readership.

The real world strangers have given or sold to me for cheap chairs and tables. Tomorrow morning, I'll be getting a huge blob of furniture courtesy of a Brazilian family going back home next week. I will finally have a queen-sized bed, bureau, a third kitchen chair, a tall storage unit, a small sofa and a TV stand. You people, and you know who you are, have almost shamed and have outright humbled me with your generosity.

Thanks to all you people, I'm now like a Horatio Alger character completely gone to seed, someone who, in just three short weeks, built up an echoing apartment with an air mattress and a rickety chair into an actual home. Where once I fretted about making the rent and utilities, literally counting my pennies, I'm now more comfortable than I have a right to be and can actually start thinking about a second-hand car.

And I say I haven't a right to be this relatively comfortable because I haven't done a damned thing to deserve this save for finding myself a victim of soicumstance. Because I construe these donations as a neverending reminder of what I've come to represent to you people. It makes me rethink the seriousness of my obligations for those who come here looking for a quality grassroots take on all matters both political and social. I will redouble my efforts and make Pottersville better than ever. I promise not to fail your expectations again. To paraphrase Eliot, April, thus far, has been the coolest and most excellent month.

As heartening as your kindness has been (and I'm personally thanking all those who have kicked in, even though Paypal is being prickish about it and not letting me verify my account until I give them a DNA sample or some such shit. So if your money hasn't left your own accounts, that's the reason why), it's been tempered with sadness that, save for one real-world friend, everything done on my behalf has been done by strangers instead of my family of 15+ years.

So much for blood being thicker than water. You people are simply the very best readership that a blog ever had, hands down, the perfect delineation of quality over quantity.


At April 17, 2009 at 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Rob, so glad to hear everything is going so well. about damn time.
at least you know who values you. keep it coming, we need it more than ever, apparently. the Glenn Becks and Limbaughs are not going to go quietly, if at all. btw, somewhere in the past few days on Crooks and Liars, some Republican let it slip that the GOP actually does own Fox "News". huge shock, i know.
later, barbara (signgrrl56)

At April 17, 2009 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't get to pick your family. You do get to pick your friends

At April 17, 2009 at 11:55 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I am glad things are going well for you. I hope the good energy continues to roll.

Sometimes we are delivered of a cruel shock: those we thought family were really just co-habitors. (I picture a hamster cage.)

When one is on the ropes, one finds one's friends, who are more important to our well-being than oft-times psychotic family members.

At April 18, 2009 at 4:10 AM, Blogger Bob said...

Angels happen. When my thang ended, I told my no longer significant other she would have to move out. I thought she might call my bluff but damn, it worked, she felt guilty. Still, she had the other three aces. Anyway, the landlord evicted the entire 4 apt house six months later to renovate. By then I over the worst of the shock. You will be, too.

At April 18, 2009 at 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be repeating myself, but once you get used to having that queen size bed all to yourself, you'll never look back. The improvements in your life give me hope for mine. See, we need you too.

At April 18, 2009 at 1:10 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"You don't get to pick your family. You do get to pick your friends"

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose...

At April 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

"Paypal is being prickish about it and not letting me verify my account until I give them a DNA sample or some such shit. So if your money hasn't left your own accounts, that's the reason why"

As I said in the previous thread comments, PayPal sure as hell charged my account for your donation! PayPal has my money but they won't give it to you???

At April 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Blogger Deb said...


Mom and I are at the same point you just left. Two air mattresses and a camp chair for mom. One brother doesn't even know we moved out of state and the other hasn't called to check on his mother since I let him know we arrived safely.

I would love to find some furniture that someone would like to donate but I don't have the readership you do. And while it may not feel like it now, being single rocks! So why is "One" by Three Dog Night playing on the radio as I type this? :)

Once you verify your bank account Paypal works pretty well, the last time I did it they had an optional method that verified your account within minutes.

Glad to see things are going better for you and I hope I follow in your footsteps.

At April 19, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Anonymous Hotrod said...

It is tonic to hear that things are looking up for you. You have survived the ordeal and will be better off in the long run. It was time to cut off the unappreciative jerks and find people who appreciate you and your talents. Your relatives are not necessarily your "friends" in the truest sense of the term. Godd Luck and I look forward to more good writing.

At April 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

They're not my relatives. They've been my adopted family for over 15 years and, to my mind, some of them are still my kin. So, yes, in that sense you do get to pick your family. It was a package deal that I gleefully accepted and I still believe that it was a beneficial experience no matter how it ended up. It doesn't subtract from the happy and joyous experiences and memories I had taken out of that house.

At April 21, 2009 at 8:03 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Sorry, Deb, I disagree. Being single SUCKS. I'm plainly not built for isolation and celibacy. No matter how much I may otherwise succeed in the meat world, what it all comes down to is I still come home to an empty house every damned day.

Hal Turner has a wife and kid and I don't. I still cannot wrap my mind around that.


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