[Originally written on this date in 2005]
Say what you want about New Jersey – right now I have never been so happy to see the place I have called home for the past 23 years as I am right now. Then again, having spent several months away from it, I feel as though I am appreciating all of the little things I have always loved about it.
After weeks of making wreaths for eight or more hours a day, there was not much more for me to do at the tree lot, nor was I getting paid. The downside of doing your job efficiently, which created enough stock to carry them through the rest of the month. If additional wreaths were needed, there were two people capable of producing them, so I couldn’t argue with that logic.
The childish antics of a certain individual were stressing me the fuck out to no end. Though I did everything to avoid having contact with him outside of work, he was having none of it and would often incite conflict through aggressive words or actions. Like, I am just standing there doing my wreathing making thing and he would just start verbally attacking me out of nowhere about how I have to “give up my dream” and “get a real job” and so on. He could not even let me leave in peace, which my sister was witness to and really only made him look bad.
There are many things I learned while traveling, and now I have to apply them to my life. While I have a small chunk of cash from all this hard work, I also realize I need some sort of steady income in order to support myself once I move out. Thankfully, I am being given some time to find a place and I am extremely grateful for this kindness since there is no obligation to allow me to stay here. However, seeing as how I didn’t invite myself into this situation, it would be unfair to just dump me out on the street. Unless someone decides to act like an adult and accept the situation as it is until things change, the environment will be quite uncomfortable and I really don’t needed the added stress right now.
Internet access will decrease on account I don’t have my own computer and the one here is locked, which makes finding a new living arrangement kind of difficult. Having a friend who has said I can make use of their laptop when needed is comforting, and I can always go the library if all else fails, but that is the least of my concerns right now. There is more I would like to write about, but my time has to be spent on other things at the moment since I am at the library.
Other than that, I enjoyed sleeping in a real bed for the first time in several months. Spending one night in a hotel room doesn’t count. May have also spent over an hour having a nice warm shower, considering I only had one the entire time I was at the tree lot. Which means once again unintentionally setting a record for most consecutive days spent dirt, which is now eighteen days and not something I want to try to do again.
Hearing people complain about the cold weather has to be one of the most annoying things right now. Do you have any idea what it’s like to use a doniker in this weather? The next time you stroll down the hall in your heated house and effortlessly relieve yourself in the porcelain bowl, imagine having to bundle up in a hat, scarf, gloves and coat just to do the same. Without slipping on ice or getting attacked by trees, with your hands stick from sap and afflicted with a weird half-numb sensations that makes using them awkward.
There was another postcard from Aaron that welcomed me, which really made me feel appreciated when I needed to the most. It has been too long since I heard his voice, that infectious laughter coming from him as the light hits his eyes in just the right fashion so they look like they have been carved from steel. Though I made a new friend through traveling, I need the one who knows me the best and has the appropriate words for every situation. The secret message on the postcard said he was making his way back to the Garden State – he missed me terribly and knew that my birthday was coming up, which for some reason he did not want to miss. Well, we have spent every one together for the past four years, so I suppose it’s only right we continue to uphold that tradition.
Exited anticipation of when he is coming back would be an understatement, but this gives me something to look forward to since I haven’t exactly made any plans. If I get to see him again, no matter the context, that is more than I could even dream of right now.