Friday, March 09, 2007

islands

Me: I’ve sent this reviewer several pleas and still have gotten no response. His review is very late. What do you want to do?

Him: Send another reminder and tell him it’s urgent.

Me: That’s what I wrote in the last two e-mails. The manuscript was submitted three months ago.

Him: Tell him again. Keep telling him. Some people just need that.

Me: It’s very rude.

Him: Some people are just like that.

Me: I don’t have to like it.

Him: But you have to deal with it.

That's true. This is an example from a big barrel of both personal and impersonal islandic episodes.

My boss just delivered another life lesson. This one I already knew, but at nearly age 31 I don’t want to accept it, like a 4-year-old. I give consideration to other people and think I’ll get the same in return from everyone. Living on the East Coast should have worked this out of my Midwestern system, but it hasn’t yet. This will be the thing that either brings me down for good or which I transcend—into drug-like bliss where I’m able to smile at it.

Or maybe I’m not as considerate as I think, and maybe I am getting what’s due to me from sources indirect. It’s hard to tell from inside.

Or maybe this is just modern human protocol.

8 Comments:

Blogger {illyria} said...

some people need more than a telling; they need a bashing. it seems that in the place where i work, nerves are strung so taut that people can walk tightropes. and that's what we do, pretend at death-defying stunts when all we're walking on are eggshells. i do sound stressed, don't i? :)

missed you.

5:07 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

it's really good to see you were here. i have missed your presence. haven't had much time for the blog world in a long while, neither writing nor reading.

the eggshells sometimes cause me to shut my door and glare. i do wonder what's wrong with people sometimes.

i hope you are well outside stressed.

12:28 PM  
Blogger glomgold said...

I hope you can rise above the East Coast mentality, but I think it eventually sucks everyone down. One learns to "like" it in that masochistic way eventually I guess...

10:14 PM  
Blogger Laurel said...

just try to remember that the lack of consideration is in direct proportion to deflated self-esteem. like how people run late so they can be the center of attention...

xoLaurel

7:58 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Hi Laurel. Isn't that the truth. Funny you commented on this long-neglected blog when you did. Last night when I couldn't sleep it occurred to me to start again, or start anew and go anonymous. Hope all's well.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Laurel said...

Hope all is well with you! I've been busy making babies and am sleep deprived as a result. But life is good.

xoxo

4:26 PM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

i've missed you.

10:37 PM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

and i'm still missing you.

3:25 AM  

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