Sunday, December 14, 2008

Does this look like...

...the leading edge of a "fierce winter storm" to you?



No? I didn't think so....

Yet that's what the newspeople are yammering about: cold temps (they got that right, at least by local standards: it's 49 here right now) and maybe a half-inch of rain tonight, plus another inch possible tomorrow.

When it happens, I'll believe it.

It hasn't been a particularly swell day. I've been working on an article for a client I dislike. No, it's not that I have anything personally against the editor*. It's the small -- and very slow-to-arrive -- checks.

But I'm not turning any client down these days. My time of being pursued by quality publications, brief as it was, is now over, probably for good. I'm officially a hack-for-hire now....

If nothing else made me realize I'm in no position to say "no" to even the grungiest assignments -- and plenty of things do that I'm not talking about, believe me -- it was coming across my Christmas gift list today. Not that I was ever thinking in terms of high-end stuff for those I wanted to send a little tangible love and appreciation this season; now, I'm looking at a bad case of nothin'. For anyone.

That really hurts, Jim.

It's what I get for having called Santa a commie bastard, I guess.



* PARENTHETICAL FULL-DISCLOSURE FOOTNOTE: Okay, so that's a bit of a fib. He doesn't know damn-all about the subjects his magazine covers, and he can be an arrogant little so-and-so when questioned about some of his unsupportable statements. At least he is being nice now, when he apparently has a shortage of good copy coming in. Won't make his boss pay any more, or any quicker, though.

7 comments:

emd said...

Our local weathermen on the news here love to overstate, don't they, Scribbs?

MrScribbler said...

end -- What? You're not busy piling up them sandbags? This is "Storm Watch: 2008", pal!

Anonymous said...

Think any of those slugs you work for wanna buy a house? I'll take work anywhere I can, too.

Yeah, I think "commie" was a bit harsh.

Stay warm and dry today.

S

DAL said...

Gee, I'd like to have your storms...

Anonymous said...

It is just about 0 here in Missouri, and going too snow tomorrow. I would take 49 real fast.
Roz

John0 said...

These "storms" sound like everyday climate elsewhere, but in SoCal the damned place washes away. I am still amazed at the number of high end houses with no a/c and no heat. That makes any significant temp variation an issue.

class factotum said...

Mr S -- seven below yesterday. 12" of snow on Friday that took three hours to clear from the driveway and sidewalk. I am so ready for global warming.