sub-par, but cheap and well-located

June 26th, 2007

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Dear Ben,

Thanks for taking time out of your busy, hellish schedule.

I grow very weary, Ben. Mostly, my job is data entry at this point. These awful tasks of screenshotting vast, sprawling suburban websites, compiling PDFs, etc. It’s like detention. Yesterday, I strolled through the up-and-coming area down on Frankford and Girard looking at some artist space that was available. It was sub-par, but cheap and well-located, so I’m going to keep my eyes peeled.

Drinking a beer and eating disturbingly thin fries, fries sliced so thin that they could have easily split atoms, with S, we talked about the problems of working, and what needs to happen for life to become fun again. I’m with you on that feeling that, after the party ended, all of the world heaved a big sigh, a sigh which blew innumerable doors open for us to peek inside and enter if we wished. It also made me want more time, and I want more every day. Especially when work is so boring. Most of my tasks here don’t require learning anything new, which is really the problem. When I first got here, there were all kinds of new skills to pick up, so it didn’t really feel like work. Inventing new ways to do what I have to do would be good, but most of the stuff is really just boring.

Anyhow, I used to have these ideas that I’d drop everything someday, start my own business, but it’s becoming clear that that isn’t the way to do it. I think, instead, keeping a day job, and working hard at a craft you like is the better method. Work it like a second job until it grows enough to support you, and then simply transition to it.

This is a meandering letter, Ben. Perhaps I am out of practice as well. I will summarize by saying that this is life. We can do whatever the hell we want. I think branching away from 9-5 working at a job I don’t enjoy is my goal right now. Here I go.

-Charlie

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