Tom is not a morning person. And this morning was particularly hard: he had to wake up at 6:30AM for an 8:30AM meeting downtown.
His alarm went off, waking us both, and ten minutes after he’d turned it off and gone back to sleep, we stirred again. The man upstairs was up and at the ready.
“I’m not a morning person, Betty.”
“I know,” I said, “But you’re lucky you only have to do this every once in a while. Listen to that guy upstairs. He probably has to do this every day.”
“I hope that guy upstairs gets hit by a bus,” said Tom.
I swatted him in the dark. Such negativity before the sun was even up!
“Everyone has to make a living,” I said.
“Yeah but does he have to clomp around like a Clydesdale? Unless his job is pulling the Budweiser cart.”
I laughed, then turned and pretended to go back to sleep. Though of course I got up and made him his toast and tea.
Anyway, Tom’s thoughts this week, on a variety of things:
- Freelance life has its pros, like the option to sleep in, though last week Tom has started to liken me to Seinfeld’s George Constanza:
“The fat bald guy?”
“Yeah,” said Tom, “You guys have so much in common.”
Apparently for a few episodes George was also unemployed and on the dole. Tom directed me to one of his favorites: “The Boyfriend” in which George lies at the unemployment office about his job hunting efforts.
Not gonna lie. It hit pretty close to home.
- As mentioned before, on Sunday, Tom and I went to The Cloisters. I recommend doing a lot of things with Tom – hiking, biking, watching Seinfeld – but I find his appreciation for art old and new is rather limited, not to mention distracting. Tom seemed to think we were wandering through a Medieval Housewares Shop.
- On seeing the tapestries: “Ooh, look at the nice rugs they have.”
- On seeing the following unicorn tapestry: “That unicorn likes it in the butt.”
- “Check out these salt and pepper shakers”:
- “This was obviously a bathtub.”
- “I think this guy was asking for the check.” And If any of you are wondering whether I prompt, goad or persuade Tom to say any of these things, wonder no more – I do not. The man might not be a morning person but he certainly rises, whether or not he wants to, to the occasion of his Thursday Thoughts.