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Getting Over It
2008-09-13 19:01
by Alex Belth
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The wife and I have been painting the apartment.  We've spent the past two weekends painting.  We.  That's code for me.  Whenever Em says "we," I crack up thinking about The Big Lebowski, you know, the editorial "we," because I know she's talking about me. 

Okay, I'm not the only one doing work, it hasn't been all me, she's been helping plenty.  Which doesn't mean I've been behaving myself.  I've been dutiful but sullen.  In fact, I've been jerk about the whole thing. I've been doing the job, but painting is just one of those things that I can't excited about.  I don't even feel accomplished when I've finished, just relieved. 

Today, the bedroom and my little office were on the painting schedule and I was determined to be, if not cheerful, then at least pleasant.  My mom and step-father came down to help out.  When we cracked open the light green paint for the bedroom it was clear that we had made a mistake.  It was too yellow.  After throwing some up on one wall, an executive decision was made and Em headed back to the paint store.

I painted my office and listened to Mike Mussina and the Yanks stink up the jernt against the Rays.  7-1 was the final.  Em returned with a better shade of green and hours later when we called it quits for the night, the Yanks had a 1-0 lead on the Rays in the nightcap.  Then Sidney Ponson gave up a grand slam and Emily started getting the shakes because after all of our hard work, the new green wasn't working for her either.  In fact, it was making her nauseous, sick because not only didn't she like the color but she was guilt-ridden at the prospect of having to do it again, and wasting my time, my parents time, and our money.

"How could this happen?"  she said, tears welling up in her eyes.

I was not a jerk.  When it comes down to it, it takes so much energy to be angry and resentful, isn't it easier and more satisfying to be a good guy?  I soothed her and told her everything was going to be fine.  Yeah, I hate painting but it's just paint.  It's just a weekend afternoon.  It's not that big a deal.  

The Yanks scrapped back.  Derek Jeter had three hits in both games, a fine day that was treated like Reggie Jackson's three-dinger World Serious game by Michael Kay on the YES broadcast (Kay called Jeter's three single, one walk performance in the night game "a tour de force").  Wilson Betemit homered and Xavier Nady singled home the go-ahead run.  The fans were lively once the Yanks got on the board, saving their boos for Alex Rodriguez who made outs in his final two at-bats with runners on base.  

Mariano Rivera, jeez, remember him, allowed a run in the ninth but earned the save and the Yanks came away with a split.  6-5 was the final.

A nice way to end a long day.  Still, looks like I've got more painting to do.          

Comments
2008-09-13 19:52:07
1.   thelarmis
PAIN-ting.
2008-09-13 19:53:36
2.   thelarmis
PAIN-ting.
2008-09-13 19:53:50
3.   tsengsational
Sigh. Now that our season is over I suppose your life is definitely more interesting than the Yankees. =\
2008-09-13 19:58:57
4.   weeping for brunnhilde
It was fabulous to see Mo tonight. I've not seen him pitch in forever.

He's such comfort food.

Just classical. For one inning, there, it could have been 1998 or 2003 or 2007.

It could have been May, it could have been July, it could have been September.

Long live Mariano Rivera.

2008-09-13 19:59:21
5.   JL25and3
The first game was worse than painting.
2008-09-13 20:08:48
6.   Alex Belth
Here, here. Long Live MO!
2008-09-13 20:32:20
7.   joejoejoe
I painted interiors and exteriors for a living for a few years and paint colors often look very different dry and up on a surface vs. what they look like on the paint can. Tell Emily not to sweat it. It happens to everybody. The only way to avoid what happened with the colors is to get a little bit of colored paint and put it up on the wall as a test square, let it dry, and THEN decide if you like it. That's kind of a pain in the ass and almost nobody does it everytime they pick paint colors -- even professional painters. Be glad it was only a tiny office. I've seen the same sad reaction from people after their entire house was painted.
2008-09-13 21:16:36
8.   Raf
"When it comes down to it, it takes so much energy to be angry and resentful, isn't it easier and more satisfying to be a good guy?"

Yes it is, but you'll find that women'll take advantage of you, if you're the good guy. Doing the angry & resentful bit keeps them honest and on their toes.

2008-09-14 06:27:22
9.   Alex Belth
Raf, you are such a cynic. LOL. No, I don't just mean with women I mean in general. I do know what you mean about being a "nice guy," and that can be a real trap. If you are "nice" to the point of being passive, a pushover, then you certainly will be resentful. Least that's my exeperience.
2008-09-15 09:34:20
10.   Raf
9 Yeah, I'm a bit cynical, a byproduct of dealing with too many women over the years. I really need to settle down. :)

The way you handled the situation with Em, is why you're married and I'm not. I would've been a jerk. The combination of me hating painting along with the time wasted* would've been too much for me to handle.

*-"wasted" is too strong a word, but the best I can come up with right now. While I hate painting, especially in the context of home improvement "busy work," I do enjoy the socialization of having friends over as well as pizza, wings and beer. Of course, the look on your woman's face when she's happy for a job well done also can't be beat...

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