i am so lucky to have the job i do. as an artist, i have done everything, from washing dishes (a great job that pays shit) to digging ditches, to running paychecks for manpower, to building and climbing antenna towers (like having a giant erector set), to landscaping (i like the tree trimming but not the lawn mowing), to maintenance man at a Catholic church (weird because i'm an atheist and i became friends with the priest), to what i do now which is a field tech for a cellular company (which shall remain nameless). i get to drive all over some of the most beautiful country in the southwest, go up mountains (past those locked gates), and play with state-of the art technology while problem solving. plus, i am two or three steps removed from all the company politics, so i can just relax and do my job and occasionally watch the soap opera unfold without getting involved. plus it pays well and i am going to be able to move out of the city to a small town with the same job and salary. the only price i am paying for it is that i have less time than i would like for my art. this is a significant price, but i milked the bohemian artist lifestyle for 15 years, and if i don't provide for my approaching deterioration, no one else will. hopefully i will be able to retire at 50 and paint for 50 more years (fingers crossed).
a puppy has been hanging around our switch for the past four days. i saw it for the first time today, and fell in love. i have wanted a dog forever, and this one is so cute, and needy. she was obviously abandoned by someone, and hungry and thirsty. when we went off to lunch, she ran behind the truck for 1/2 mile. i bought some food to bring back, and decided to take her home, but she was gone. i hope she is ok. if i hadn't paid attention to her, she never would have followed the truck, so its like she was abandoned again. i hope she makes it back, even though adopting her would put a monkey wrench in some plans i have been making, to work over seas and such, i really love dogs, and being deliberately single, would love the companionship. the only thing i miss about my ex girlfriend is our dog. if she is there tomorrow, i'm going to bring her home immediately.
she came back! right now she is sleeping quietly in my back yard on the first lawn she's ever seen. she is so cute! and well behaved. she stays and lies down and walks with a leash and all with the cutest attitude. i'm going to post a found ad in the paper where i found her, but i hope noone answers it. it's going to be so nice to have a dog around again. i missed the dog that i shared with my ex. she got custody and hates me so much that i can't even go see the dog. at least i know she takes care of her. anyway, pita is so cool. she's small enough that i'll be able to take her to work some times once she settles in. i am psyched! tomorrow, a flea-tic dip and shots, maybe a bath, and she'll be one cuddly pup. i've chosen to live without a partner for the time being, so i really needed a companion, if you know what i mean. maybe i should name her serendipity instead.