Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Five Years

Originally uploaded by dangunderman.
So last night, some former colleagues planned a little get-together to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the demise of our employer. Fifth anniversary. Five years. Five.

Five years ago I was in my twenties.

Five years ago I wasn't married. Hell, I don't even think I was dating.

Five years ago, September 11th was just another day on the calendar.

Five years ago, the biggest problem I had with the Bush administration was that they stole Gore's victory.

Five years ago, I had no debt. (Student loans don't count.)

Five years ago, my dad was alive.

Five years ago, I wasn't playing baseball.

Five years ago, the Mets were terrible, masquerading as a contender.

Five years ago, I had about twelve different crushes on the incredibly hot women I worked with. Holy crap. I don't know how they did the hiring, but it was good work. (I think the men at our gathering last night were disappointed that only two of those hot women showed up. Bit of a sausage festival, actually.)

Five years ago, I was a miserable corporate hack, renting my soul for far too little money to a company that not only marketed liquor to minority children, but also took away "Summer Fridays" only to reinstate a half-assed "Summer Friday" policy that began at 3pm, instead of noon.

Yes, fair B&E readers, It's been five years since I've worked nine-to-five (what a way to make a living!); five years since I've worn pants every day.

The gathering last night reminded me that I worked with some fine people. And at least one jackass. Then again, they worked with me, too! But the gathering got me thinking a bit about my life now vs. my life then.

I'll take my life now, thank you very much. The missus, the baseball, Hall Farm, a (slightly) more flexible writing schedule, and the loveliest, most attractive friends on earth (especially those in Sunnyside!) far outweigh the financial instability, the loss of a parent, and even the debacle that is the current Bush administration.

And anyway, at least one of those present-day negatives is reversible.

I'm working with a guy, Dad. Get ready for reanimation!



At 9:42 AM , Blogger sunnysider said...

oh dan, you flatter us.

At 4:46 PM , Blogger Ethan Callender said...

Who's this "jackass" you refer to?

At 4:55 PM , Blogger dan g said...

Could be any number of people, really...

Thanks for organizing, E-Cal. That was a good time.

At 7:31 PM , Blogger Ethan Callender said...

Sure was fun.


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