Two of the best characters on The Sopranos were famous directors. I don’t mean to suggest this is a logical extension, or even makes sense, but it’s interesting. If there was one thing (maybe the only thing) consistently strong about that show it was Tim Van Patten. Perhaps he took some stuff exceptionally seriously.
When someone says the decisions that ran a project off the rails were made long before they got there, they're always right. All the way back to the decision to do anything at all. At that point you start blaming decisions to hire people, to choose a career, to have children, and pulling that thread eventually leads all the way back to either natural occurrences or God, which probably is not a real thing. Nothing is ever anyone's fault, except finger pointing. That's just you being a bad person.
I think the literal funniest thing I’ve ever come up with is when I assisted my dog in declaring himself “dumb as a whip.” It’s made me laugh every time I think about it, for years. So simple, and yet. Gives me the giggles right now even.
My least favorite part of watching any computer's life cycle is seeing the point at which the decision is made to finally give in and install Office. Like, yeah, for a lot of people it's an inevitability, but... you just hate to see it happen to a good machine. What did it do? Its job? You're gonna punish it for that?
Advice for dads:
To protect your sanity, your role as "finisher" must have limits. It is ok for you, in the middle of the day, when you are killing the rest of the frozen sweet potato gnocchi that has been in the fridge for three days because you know no one else will and food is food, to declare to the household: "I am not going to eat any more of this. Because it is gross, and I am a person. I have spoken."
I’ve always enjoyed the idea of a “toilet mechanic” rather than a “plumber”, the kind of guy who shows up in coveralls, covered in grease, and says things like “yeah, right there, you hear that?” and “well, I mean, I *can* fix it,” and “it’ll get you home, but myself, I wouldn’t let my family use it like this” and “see this? It’s not supposed to look like that.”
Granted, they still have to deal with, you know, seeing themselves in archival video and photographs, and how the wrong side of their face is droopy. But to be able to be "on camera," and not freak out, by the time you're an adult? Insane. Different world.
doing thrill-seeker liquor store holdups with a ‘born to lose’ tattoo on my chest
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