The Midday Shift

waitsbehindthecounterI worked the midday shift at Homer’s yesterday for the first time since I cut my hours back to two days a week. It’s weird to think I used to work that shift every weekday for 4 years. It reminded me of that scene from Rumble Fish where Tom Waits’ character is working behind a counter and talking to himself, “When you’re young, you’re a kid, you got time, you got nothing but time. Throw away a couple of years, a couple of years there… it doesn’t matter. You know. The older you get you say, ‘Jesus, how much I got? I got thirty-five summers left.’ Think about it. Thirty-five summers.”

2 Responses to The Midday Shift

  1. We’re all in the circle of life, son. Like the lyrics to the movie say: “some say ‘eat or be eaten’, and some say ‘live and let live’ ; but the sun shining high in the sapphire sky keeps young and old on the endless trail”. It’s all about how we handle that trail, son, and you seem to be handling it fine.

  2. yep, that’s right.

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