This morning I met my friend, she of the fantastic envy-inspiring hair, at a coffee shop. Then we went to an AA meeting, my other home group, together. Again, I confessed terror and vodka-swilling–meeting the grad director and snarfing gummi bears on the train.
Huge amount of support. People reached out to me afterward–CALL ME NEXT TIME. This was a different sort of AA group, a group for people who, like myself, are not religious and do not believe in God. My other group is important to me but I am also very fond of this group because I am intellectually at home here.
We all went out to eat together. I had a CHEESE!!! SANDWICH!!! AND FRENCH FRIES!!!
Afterward, I came home and worked out my schedule for the weekend. I have only one meeting with a student–it’s the end of the semester, and the others I have are laying off for the Holidays. So, I’ll be pulling double shifts at my secret job at THE SUPERSTUDIO for the next three days. I can’t rest until I finish making my back rent. It sucks, because I hate working nights. Also, there’s a saying in this sort of work–you should never do it because you need to do it. If you go in there needing to do it, it can make you vulnerable to a whole shitstorm of consequences. Need can make you weak.
I want to see my analyst this weekend and bounce some ideas off of her and seek her advice. If I turn money tomorrow, it won’t be a problem. But if I can’t, I don’t think that it would be responsible of me to spend the money on her fee.
I’m wary, because I need to stay focused on my most important goals: not drinking, and finishing my academic degree. I also need! some money! right now! Working at THE SUPERSTUDIO is a timesuck, but more than that–it has the potential to become a TRAP. Moreso than any other place I’ve worked–infintely more. It’s like The Surgeon. It’s fantasyland, baby, it’s drugs. For someone like me, wired like I am? It’s drugs. Or at least, it has the potential to be. (FYI: I never used drugs, I just mean ‘drugs’ in the metaphorical sense.)
I am thinking about how I am going to maximize my earning potential over the next three days I’ll be fucking living there. Because I must have a plan; I can’t just go in and hope things work out for me. I have seen the other employees. Competition I’ve never experienced before–and I’m not bitching about that, I’m saying it in total admiration. This is a totally different level than what I’m used to, and I didn’t fall off of the turnip truck yesterday. I have to develop and utilize my existing skills.
What do I have on the others…? My education, obviously. I speak very well. In formal situations, nothing about my demeanor is rough or uncouth; I can be very convincingly bourgeois. They respond to that.
What sort of energy can I project…? I think, a fascist. I find the politics reprehensible in every way, but that is neither here nor there. As I have joked in the past, I am the Frederick Taylor of Pain and Suffering. Order–we will have order here! Ideological, demanding, impeccable, meticulous–unassailable and effortless authority. The science of exploitation.
In short, I need to take the voice I do to myself, and instead project it outward–much more than I usually do in these circumstances–to the Nth degree. My father’s incredible greed and casual disregard and fearlessness; my mother’s military discipline and OCD. These are a few of their gifts to me–whether they are good or bad is irrelevant in this context. They exist within my personality; if I give thought to it, I can harness them and channel them when I want to. If I master the knack to do so.
I had a dream the other night. I dreamed that I was dressed in my finest clothes, and reading journal articles at my desk. I was taking notes in a notebook. There was a man outside the room, and when I registered that he was there, I told him to come to me. On the floor. I didn’t look up.
When he shuffled up to my desk, I extended my free hand, encased in a brown leather glove, and instructed him to take off my glove. With his teeth. I only looked up once or twice. “Do not leave marks on my glove!” I ordered him.
After he finally managed to take it off, I seized it in my other hand and beat his face with it, hard, until he was crying.
I dismissed him then, and went back to my papers.