Blue Spray, Slips of Paper, and The Position
After getting the second planner in the mail –the first one was pink, which one of the few colors I hate– and discovering that it, too, was pink, I finally decided to paint the first one. After all, I love everything about it but the color. The size is perfect, the dates ease from now until December 2010, which means the next time I buy a planner, I have a much broader choice range and won’t feel like a student buying one around school-time. It’s wirebound, and it’s in a weekly format with a monthly spread every few pages. All winning characteristics and can all only be found in this one product.
Painting the pink took the majority of the day. I’m using the can of spray paint that Just’In bought years ago to cover the rust spots where the paint was peeling on his car. I laid newspaper down on the tile floor of our kitchen; I chose the spot because it’s the place in our apartment that’s the most airy. I didn’t want to go outside because of who might meddle with my project in the apartment complex and what grass/leaves might get stuck in the paint. I painted the front and back covers, both inside and out, and the spine. Each area needed two coats of paint, each drying for fifteen minutes.
While the apartment still airs out from the paint fumes–both Just’In and my boss were flummoxed that I painted indoors– I transfer information and slips of paper from the old book to the new. Here’s some notations I made to myself for a future article. For now, it’ll make a good LJ entry:
WAYS TO ISOLATE YOURSELF PHYSICALLY ON A BUS:
– Stare out the window/at the floor. Don’t make eye contact or talk with anyone.
– If you have a choice between the seat by the window and the seat directly next to it on the aisle, pick the latter. It indicates that you don’t want anyone to sit next to you.
-Bury your nose in a book or stare at your iPod screen intently.
-Sit in the very back. If anyone sits down, they’re automatically in front of you and their backs are to you.
– If there are two levels on the bus– the higher one in back– sit at the very front of the higher level. If you do, you’re sitting where there’s a partition in front of you and where everyone is either below you or behind you.
All in all, it’s all about where you sit and who you make eye contact with. If you really believe that crazies on the bus will hurt you in your sleep, don’t look anyone in the eye and your brain won’t explode.