Five Things for Thursday, March 4th
1. I noticed today how rare it is to make eye contact with a cashier, other than initial approach, and even then both parties are usually distracted. I tried to make an effort to keep eye contact unless it was necessary to break it, since I thought the cashier lady would appreciate being acknowledged as a human being. Instead, she looked back at me with increasingly odd expressions. I don’t think cashiers are used to having their customers look at them much, so when they do, the cashier thinks it odd. I’ll have to try it a few more times.
2. Strange how getting up ten minutes early means I get to work 15-20 minutes early. I guess traffic just builds incrementally over the commute so every minute represents more (or less) of a minute’s effect. There is probably some mathematical thing about it, but I just don’t care.
3. I wonder if there are a ton of apocalyptic movies and books and shows and whatnot because people have a deep-seated desire to stop living life according to the societal constructs we have in place. I need to go to work every day to make money to pay the bills and blah blah blah. I think the escapist elements of apocalyptic stories and daydreams allow us to imagine a world where we don’t need alarm clocks and actually have to work on the basics of survival instead of the strange trivialities that encompass so much of our time and energy.
4. I need to do two things for my own sanity: finish editing my novel and resume my weight-lifting and cardio work. Laziness and Procrastination are winning the battle for now.
5. I hate making mistakes at work, and in general. Worse is when others catch the mistakes and they are absolutely your fault. Everyone I know feels exactly the same way, so why do a lot of people make a big deal about others’ mistakes?