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The Quiet at the End of the World

Posted 11-04-2010 at 12:39 AM by gertrude
The weather is odd here. There's no spring, really, and no fall. No crunching leaves. No cold, dark, sloppy gutters and stark yellows and browns.

I work now. I work about 5 hours of overtime every week, and I work every day.

The City has been crazy. The Giants won and they did it with style. I never cared about baseball until five months ago. The celebration was less than two blocks from my house. There wasn't as much piss on the building as I thought there'd be.

I finally got hired at the 'List. I've been working there for seven months as a temp, but working full time. Just no benefits until now. I'm going to have healthcare now, and a 401k. I don't even know what that means.

Friends are far, but in my heart. I miss Ohio. I want it even more, knowing I'll be home in three weeks.

The wind is quiet now, even though the ocean is only six miles away. The seagulls are sleeping closer to the water. I never see any sand, despite being in a city surrounded by water on three sides. The waves are constant, but for now I can enjoy the quiet here at the edge of the world.
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    Texx's Avatar
    Did you read this at a coffee house on open mic night?
    Posted 11-04-2010 at 08:52 AM by Texx Texx is offline
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    Grease Man's Avatar
    Say goodbye to your toys in a happy meal.
    Posted 11-04-2010 at 02:29 PM by Grease Man Grease Man is offline
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    Twin2's Avatar
    We can have the toy if we're good little boys and girls who get fruits and veggies with it...bleh..
    Posted 11-04-2010 at 04:31 PM by Twin2 Twin2 is offline
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    gertrude's Avatar
    Texx, actually, yes, I did. One thing I forgot to mention is that I'm now the best beat poet in San Francisco. I am regularly visited by the ghost of Alan Ginsberg, and have made a small shrine to him in my home. So far, I have managed to acquire quite a number of toenail clippings and pieces of his discarded mail on the black market.

    Also, Andy-
    I may not get toys in my happy meal, but if I don't have health insurance and have no income, I'm covered for medical expenses that are outside of my financial ability to pay. ... Despite my overwhelming and all-consuming love for McDonald's, I think I'll take the health care.
    Posted 11-05-2010 at 09:30 AM by gertrude gertrude is offline
    Updated 11-05-2010 at 09:34 AM by gertrude (stuff)
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    Grease Man's Avatar

    Is it true they have taken soda out of vending machines too? I thought a heard a while ago they were going to start doing that and just wondering if they actually have.
    Posted 11-05-2010 at 09:56 AM by Grease Man Grease Man is offline
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    Texx's Avatar
    Despite my overwhelming and all-consuming love for McDonald's, I think I'll take the health care.
    Does that come with a toy?
    Posted 11-05-2010 at 12:53 PM by Texx Texx is offline
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    Duo Chan's Avatar
    I'm covered for medical expenses that are outside of my financial ability to pay
    You know who pays for that health care?


    **** YOU KATE! <3
    Posted 11-08-2010 at 01:25 AM by Duo Chan Duo Chan is offline
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    gertrude's Avatar
    Andy- I haven't seen any vending machines, actually... well, no, I've seen one at a gym that was full of vitamin water and plain water. So maybe?
    Texx- If by 'toy' you mean my prescription inhalers, yes.
    Duo- That's actually not true. Healthy San Francisco is payed for by business owners here in San Francisco. So, if I make less than 30k a year, I pay about 20$/a month down to 0$/month depending on my salary range, and then employers here pick up the rest of the tab. So, <3! It's not so bad.
    Posted 11-08-2010 at 08:03 AM by gertrude gertrude is offline
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    gertrude's Avatar
    PS, Duo- I think yer just jealous.
    Posted 11-08-2010 at 08:10 AM by gertrude gertrude is offline
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    Red's Avatar
    Gerty. Waffle house.
    Posted 11-10-2010 at 01:23 AM by Red Red is offline
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    gertrude's Avatar
    Figure out a night... any night but Sunday! (Sun eve/Mon morning.)
    Posted 11-12-2010 at 05:11 PM by gertrude gertrude is offline

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