Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Month Of Cheery News!

This morning I was driving in to work and there was some guy on the radio talking about how you could force yourself into a better frame of mind by just reminding yourself of a few good things that happen every day. Of course, my first reaction was, Oh fine, think happy smiley thoughts and everything will go right.

And then, I thought, What could it hurt? So I decided I was going to blog only about positive things for a month. And I'd announce it and I'd live up to it...for an entire month. I mean, how hard could it be? There's good stuff that happens every day. All I'd have to do would be to remember to accentuate the positive and eeeeeee-liminate the negative. One month reigning in my inner snark. One month of restraining all bitching, complaining, whining, and rending garments. And sure, I'll admit it...I figured I'd just post some short snippets every day with some positive spin and that would go well with working long days. How hard could it be?

Here, let me start. On our first day of production, we were shooting a scene in a grocery store. The scene took place all in one aisle and would be shot MOS, (MOS means "Mit-Out-Sound"--spoken with a German accent -- I shit you not), so we made a deal to shoot in a grocery store while it was open. We'd just take over one aisle for a while and everything would work great -- and we wouldn't have to pay to completely shut them down. So, while we're there, we're setting up the shot and a little girl, maybe 8 or 9 years old, comes up behind the director, tugs on his jacket and when he looks down at her, she says, "What, exactly, is the significance of all this?"

I mean, how precious is that? And how hard could it be to come up with one funny, uplifting snippet a day for 30 days?

So, I totally decided I'd give it a go.

So, I continued my drive in the pouring rain, but that wasn't really a problem since I'd left the house with plenty of time. And I got to my first meeting of the day with time to find a parking space and even pick up a cup of coffee on the walk over. And I got there, and they were expecting me and I didn't have to wait any time at all to get together with the people I was meeting and get things started.

I had 4 different meetings today with various property owners and building managers and merchants and...EVERY. SINGLE. MEETING. was like being served up a fresh steaming cone of dogshit-flavored soft-serve ice cream. And I stepped in a puddle that was shin deep. And people I tried reaching on the phone had taken the day off. And things I was told to my face turned out to be open to interpretation (not mine). And I finally decided to sit down and have a meal like a human being and when it came to my table, it was least the four bites I got to have before I got an emergency call telling me to get my ass back to set. And some other shit.

Happy-crappy stuff for a month? I couldn't even make it long enough for the first post.

The hell with that! I like bitching. If I find that asshole from the radio show I'm going to tell him what I really think of his moronic advice.

So...Polybloggimous will remain a bitchy, whiny place for the foreseeable future. I'm sure Sesame Street has a positive, optimistic website if that's what you're looking for.


Todd Wheeler said...

Thank goodness. I was concerned for a moment. You might have exploded by Thanksgiving.

WendyB_09 said...

Clean up on aisle 5. Clean up on aisle 5. What, exactly, is the significance of all this mess?

Thank goodness you were saved from yourself! The fallout of pent up snarkiness a month from now would have distroyed the civilized world as we know it.

neurondoc said...

Phew. When I started reading this blog post I wasn't sure if your blog had been taken over by a zombie with greater-than-usual verbal powers.