Monday, January 24, 2011

Video for the Crash Years

Same Song, Official Video

At the worst job I ever had, I had to report to the most boring woman who has ever lived.

I would fantasize about various industrial accidents that could befall her -- each dripping with subtext and irony.

Looking back, that may have been a sign that it wasn't the best job for me.

A week before I finally quit, she called me into her office.

"I'll make this quick," she said. But she didn't know the meaning of the word "quick." So she talked for hours.

After 5 minutes, I stopped listening. After 10, I left her office.

I walked out of the building, across the street to a park, and over to the other side of town.

I bought a round for a group of nuns who wandered into a bar.

I had a cheeseburger at an old diner that would soon be torn down.

I replaced an injured gravedigger in a game of pick-up basketball.

And eventually I made my way back.

Into the building.

Into my boss's office.

And she was still talking.

But eventually she looked up. "So you'll take care of it?"

"Absolutely," I said. I had no idea what she wanted me to take care of.

But I wouldn't have done it even if I'd known.

And when I went home that night, the job started to feel shimmery and fantastical, like something I'd dreamed about... and already had started to forget.


Wonderfully strange and strangely wonderful video for "Crash Years" by the New Pornographers:

1 comment:

David S said...

Man I love that band! And any rock song with whistling in it is tops on my list.