July 22, 2004

The fruit of the vine

I almost never drink at lunch. It tends to make me sleepy in the afternoon and besides which I am not being paid to drink at lunch. However, I feel that the only mistake I may have made at lunch today was having only one glass of wine instead of two. The wine and a good lunch have cheered me up immensely. How much, you may wonder? Well, let me share with you the post I drafted this morning and I decided not to put up:

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I am in a truly foul mood today. The kind of mood which gives NY'ers a bad reputation among our fellow citizens. The kind of mood which suggests that my last rabies shot just did not take. It is a little shy of being undirected rage looking for an object. I have little to no tolerance or patience today. That is the mood that propelled me up the train platform and into the office today.

When I got to work, I got a call from my wife. She is back safely from Germany. The job she had interviewed for several times went to someone else. She is disappointed but seems to be dealing with it better right now than I am. I think that is because I feel horrible for her, for us, and then I try to imagine how she's feeling and how I'd be feeling in her spot and it just starts all over again. And I feel like I lack any ability to give her comfort, to make it all right, to kiss this boo-boo and make it better. I hate feeling helpless.

Combine all that with the foulness of the temper I am already enjoying and it feels sort of volatile. I can feel the tightness physically in my hands and in the set of my jaw. It is a pugnacious feeling.

Now, I just got off the phone with a client who has broken yet another appointment with me. He's facing something like $18 million in liability over a busted commercial real estate project and I think he lacks a firm footing in reality. I have no idea how I am going to represent him if he keeps blowing me off.

I need more sleep or a vacation.

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Or I needed to self-medicate with a nice lunch, good company, and a glass of wine. There may be a lesson in there with universal application.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 22, 2004 02:02 PM

May I be the first to sign up for the class when you end up presenting the seminar?

Next time I have a foul day such as yours, I will strive to turn it around. Could you tell me what wine you were drinking?


Posted by: Wicked H at July 22, 2004 06:09 PM

Longer lunches and more wine...that's what this country really needs! Hey, let's get a bill passed...

Posted by: Mick at July 22, 2004 10:26 PM

I had a very ordinary tipple of Sauvingon Blanc, which I like very much because of the floral notes and the grapefruit taste. Very refreshing.

But what y'all cannot forget is the critical element of good company. Fellowship plus wine may equal happiness.

I'd love to host a seminar. :)

Posted by: RP at July 23, 2004 10:31 AM
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