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Friday Afternoon Confessional: The Second-Cruellest Month

I confess that the sudden onset of above-freezing temperatures has paradoxically worsened my mood and motivation levels alike. I confess, however, that I am glad for the snow and ice to be at least temporarily removed from the sidewalks, as I polished my best pair of shoes a week ago and have been reluctant to wear them until the sidewalks are clear and salt-free — something that, at this time of year, only non-freezing temperatures and rain can reliably produce.

I confess that I want to reach a point in my life when I’m not anxiously waiting for checks to arrive in the mail. I confess that the next few months are not likely to be that time.

I confess that I spent this week engaged in some very effective structured procrastination premised on the avoidance of job applications that feel urgent but really aren’t (hence I can put them off).

I confess that despite my hatred of Facebook, I have engaged enthusiastically in the arguably even more annoying form of “social networking,” i.e., Twitter — this enjoying such triumphs as exceeding 500 followers and being retweeted by the official Rahm Emanuel campaign Twitter. Online popularity and “clout” merge seamlessly into one…

I confess that the joke @MayorEmanuel feed is more entertaining to me than anything else in my life right now, with the possible exception of Archer. Both share a similar ethos, obviously — that is to say, utter, soul-destroying nihilism.


February 18, 2011 - Posted by | Friday Afternoon Confessional


  1. i confess i read this morning that little distractions help to concentrate afterwards, very reassuring

    Comment by read | February 18, 2011

  2. I confess–and I’m not sure how or why this qualifies as a confession–that I listened to Slint’s “Spiderland” the other day for like the first time in a decade. It was a lot heavier than I remembered.

    Comment by Craig | February 19, 2011

  3. i confess i hate this blue vinyl sheet on the tree branches that the wind brought up there and it’s flapping noisily and visible directly from my window, looks like it’s that, entangled there in the branches and won’t detach easily unless the wind wouldn’t become from the opposite site or wouldn’t tear it to pieces
    i suppose it’s going to be there for some indefinite time cz nobody would climb the tree to the fourth floor height to remove it

    Comment by read | February 19, 2011

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