Viva La Revolucion

Now I realize why I haven’t posted my old writings in the past. I haven’t gotten around to scanning them just yet. Oh well. I do have some old poems saved. Or at least it was my attempts at poetry. I wasn’t really given a direction so they are essentially short stories but with the body of a poem. But that’s for another time. Here is a short story I wrote a little more recently. Around 2006 when I was trying this writing correspondence course. Enjoy and let me know what you think. I was actually a little pleased with how it came out.

Mario surfs the web, switching between windows of various political forums and news

sites, whistling in merriment. His wife agreed to go self-employed full-time as a speech

pathologist and he can’t wait to write off 33% of his expenses as business related costs. My

future is bright, he thinks to himself, now if I can find a way to get fired and still collect a

paycheck.

“Now Mario,” he remembers Jocelyn saying last night, “When I work full-time and leave

my job at the Board of Ed, we won’t have Medical so you need to enroll for it at your job.”

“Pero, Jocelyn!”

“No buts, Mario. We need Medical.”

Mario curses under his breath and opens up the link to Human Resources. After signing

up for benefits, he closes the window, shuts his eyes and leans his head back.

“I guess I’ll be here a little longer after all” he mutters to himself.

Mario’s phone rings and Alan Milchman’s name pops up on the Caller ID. He wipes the

sweat off his brow and picks up the receiver.

“Hello?”

“Is that the proper greeting, Mario?”

“Uhm no sir.”

“Please make sure to answer with the correct greeting from now on.”

“Yes sir.”

“Now the reason I’m calling is that, according to the system reports, your work flow has

been inconsistent lately. Some days you underwrite 10 files, other days only 5. Do you know

why?”

“Well not all files are the same and I guess I have some off days.”

“Well according to corporate it isn’t inconceivable to do 8 files every day. I’ll be

expecting that from now on, understood?”

“Yes sir.”

“Good. You can go back to work.”

“Ok.”

Mario hangs up the phone and buries his face in his hands. The phone rings and startles

Mario. He picks up the phone in annoyance.

“Thank you for calling our mortgage company. How may I assist you?”

“Well it’s so good to hear you’re going by the script.”

Feeling the humor from the other side of the line, Mario can’t help but smile.

“What’s going on Julio?”

“Oh nothing. Just wondering what’s for lunch today.”

“Well I can’t stay out long. I have to keep my numbers up.”

“I’m buying today. Let’s go to the Bengal Tiger Buffet.”

“But I really—“

“Don’t you always say you want to get fired?”

“Well yeah but—“

“And when has this company fired anyone for not reaching their numbers?”

“Never.”

“Ok then. See you in an hour.”

Mario hangs up the phone, unbuttons the top button from his dress shirt and loosens his

tie. Sighing, he continues to look at the credit report of his file.

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Mario savours his second serving of mutter paneer and chicken mahkani. He cannot wait

to top it off with some gulab jamun. Julio himself is enjoying his tikka masala and is

continuously dipping his naan into the sauce.

“So what’s the occasion?” Mario asks.

“Can’t I just treat you to lunch?”

“No something is up. You’ve never treated me to lunch before.”

“Ok fine. The reason I’m treating is because this may be our last lunch together.”

“What do you mean?!”

“I’m going to quit.”

“What?!”

“Yeah. I’ve decided to go back to school full-time, finish my BA and move in with the

in-laws to save on rent.”

“But you’re not going to have any privacy.”

“Yeah I know but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to change my life.”

“How are you going to pay for school?”

“Well Claudia works there so I’ll be going for free and I’m going to keep my part-time

job to help with minor expenses.”

“Wow. Congratulations.”

“Thanks.”

“We’ve been talking about quitting for years.”

“Yeah we have.”

“So when are you going to do it?”

“Well after I pack up my stuff I’m going to email my resignation letter.”

“You’re leaving today?”

“Well I don’t see any point in staying longer, do you?”

“I would leave too if it weren’t for the medical.”

“Just look for another job during your free time and get out when you can.”

“But I’m already comfortable here.”

“At some point in life Mario, you’re going reach that fork in the road and you’re going

to have to make a change.”

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Mario stares at his computer absent-mindedly. His collar is uneven, his tie is put away

and he doesn’t notice a food stain on the front of his shirt. He gathers his thoughts and looks at

the screen closely again. He puts in the final conditions for the loan, approves and completes it.

Well I’ve done six so far, so I may hit my goal today, Mario mutters to himself. He gets up

to grab another file from the bin across from him. As he signs his name to the Smith file his

computer makes a ping noise. Mario opens up Lotus Notes and sees an email from Julio.

He actually did it, Mario exclaimed under his breath. Mario reads the email a few more times.

Closing the email He stares at Smith’s credit report and thumbs his pen against the table

mindlessly. After a few repetitious thumpings, Mario gets up and storms over to his manager’s

office.

“Hi, uh Alan sir.”

“Yes Mario, what is it?”

“I’m a little under the weather and I need to go home.”

“I’m sorry but you can’t leave until you hit your numbers.”

“No disrespect sir but I’m going home now and if you want to fire me for feeling sick

then go ahead.”

“Don’t exaggerate Mario. No one is going to fire you. Just go home and get better.”

“Thank you, sir.”

Mario closes the door and lets out a deep breath. On my way home I can get the

classifieds and see what job offers are out there.

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Going To Start Posting My Old Writings

I’m not sure if I said this before but I’ve been meaning to post some of my old short stories on this here blog and I just never got around to doing it. Well enough is enough. I’m going to start today. It’s about time. It’s not like I’m writing much on here lately anyway so at least there should be some type of content populating on here with those posts, right? I’ll definitely appreciate any feedback on it. Again they’re old writings I’ve done in college so I probably don’t write as good or bad as I did when I did them. I’m definitely a different person from those days. But it’s nice to look at our past works at times. Gives us things to reflect on. Ok then. Will post a short story in the next post.

The Seduction Of Escapism

Once again this blog of mine has fallen into a lull and I haven’t really written in some months. And the story is pretty much the same or close to it. These past few months have been hard financially which resulted in me becoming more self-loathing and looking for ways to entertain myself at home rather than going out to comedy shows because of lack of funds. This in turn made me become more reclusive and less sociable and I began to look for fictional and more interesting worlds to escape into. The medicine of choice these past few months have been mostly anime and manga. As much as I tell everyone and anyone  how crazy I believe the Japanese are they make some amazing fiction. I couldn’t believe I haven’t fallen into that void sooner. I had a few run-ins with anime in high school and College (the last great anime shows I saw in those days were Cowboy Bebop, Big O and Inuyasha) but with Netflix having such a large selection I started dabbling and neck-deep I went in to the anime pool.

I then came to realize that there are a bunch of sites where you can read manga and I started to read the manga versions of the anime I was watching. I came to realize that the mangas were several times better and I just kept going deeper and deeper into these fictional worlds and completely forgetting about this blog and anything else in the real world (well within reason, I still go to work and take care of all my other adult real-life responsibilities).

Anyway, long story short, I started coming out of my anime/manga haze a little and realized that it has been many months since I blogged. And I posted one or two entries since I came to that realization but it has been a chore. It so much more fun and easier to continue on in escapism. When I wasn’t reading manga or watching anime I was of course reading other works of fiction and watching other shows (I recently watched all of “Revenge” and now know what all the hype is about).

So here I am back, for now. Don’t know when the next compulsion to completely indulge into escapism will take effect but I’ll try my best to moderate it somewhat. It will be hard, no lie. Especially with all the TV premiers coming back. Anyone watch Castle or Parks and Recreation? They’ve been good thus far. Glad to see them back.