Long Pants Under a Hot Sun

A novel about Africa, drinking and the meaning of life

Archive for the month “December, 2012”

A Few Lines That Made Me Laugh

This time, instead of posting another excerpt from the book, I’m going back in time. It’s the end of the year, and it feels like a good time to go through old things. For example…a page of plot sketches I wrote in 2004 for my second book. That book is currently 1 page long. So, clearly, I take my time with things.

I love finding something I wrote years ago, especially when it’s not completely awful. That’s the best. And I found a few lines that made me laugh out loud:

  • Trying to figure out God is like unloading the dishwasher: no matter how many times you do it, you’ll need to do it again.
  • I think I’ve figured out so much about life that someday I’m going to write a book about everything I know. (That line made me laugh out loud because I probably meant it, which is really funny because I know less now than I did then. Should be a short book.)
  • This year I’m going to make my resolutions around the fourth or so, after everyone else’s have been broken.
  • I just got home from a New Year’s party at Brendan’s, and I have a new table to put my keys on when I walk on the door. (Okay, that is about the saddest thing I’ve read in a while. Really? You left a New Year’s Eve party and you’re talking about putting your keys on the table? Sounds like you had a blast.)
  • I hate my job so much that I get going in the morning, devour my coffee and show up on time everyday just so I can deal with it. Work is predictable and ugly, so I know I won’t have too good a time there. Keeps me going.
  • I grew up Catholic, but intelligent.

So…when was the last time you went through old things? Writing, a journal, photographs…when was the last time you held an old photograph? Who was it a picture of? It’s time to get the self-reflection out of the way so we can move on to better things.



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