I’ve always wondered if a ‘dad look’ is something you’re born with the ability to give or they just come to you naturally after you have children. I was at work the other day talking with some of the other supervisors when one said he thinks a pen broke in his apron and kept sticking his hands in there to find out where it was. The other two supervisors looked at me and then at him and were like, “Steven just gave you the biggest ‘dad look’”. I know it’s a look I give to people (and my children) often, but seriously sometimes it just so deserved.
Yesterday morning I was brushing my teeth when I felt something stuck up in my gums behind my upper front teeth. It felt like a hair. I had a quick panic that I had started growing hair in my mouth (it’s a thing I googled it). Once I realized that it a mustache hair somehow made it’s way into my mouth (it happens - and I’ve probably eaten many of them) and lodged itself in there I was ok. I had Ian use tweezers to pull it out, but it was weird and I wondered if it happens to other guys too.
I’ve been working on my book a bit since we moved and I have my own space to write, but I need to set more time aside to write because I would like to be finished in the next two months - we’ll see if that happens. What I really need to do is just keep writing. If I am not working on my book I need to just write more, so I hope to do more of that here - again, we’ll see if that happens.
We still don’t have TV in our new place (well we have an actual TV, but no xfinity), but we do have xfinity internet so I have been able to watch a bunch of my stories, albeit a day or so behind. I’m not blown away by anything so far this season. My terrible guilty pleasure is The Mysteries of Laura which is just so bad, but I love it anyway. I’m kind of into How To Get Away With Murder and love Viola Davis, but still on the fence. I have only watched the pilot for Transparent because I don’t have amazon prime, but I am hearing amazing things about that. Selfie was cute, but generally not great. Same with Gotham. Into my returning shows like Homeland, The Walking Dead, Survivor, The Voice, Bob’s Burgers, BK99, & AHS:FS. Is Scandal going to be good this season? I’m concerned.
I need to start running again. Maybe writing it will encourage me to start.
There’s a girl I work with who told me I am nosy. I corrected her and told her that I am merely very observant. I think nosy people tend to tell other peoples stories or secrets or whatever they hear or see. She agreed and it was mostly a joke anyway. I tend to think most writers are observant and I consider myself a writer. I always think of Young Adult and that scene in the fast food restaurant where Mavis is writing exactly what the teenagers are saying into a conversation into her book. This is all a way in which I get to the story that I can’t seem to get out of my head. The thing about being observant is that you only get one portion of any story at that one moment. Once you or they (or whatever you’re viewing) leave (or ends) you have no follow up.
I was at the Apple Store a few months ago to have someone at the Genius Bar look at my laptop. I was waiting at one of their big tables for someone to see me - I was early. An older couple was standing across the table holding an iPhone. Looking at them I was guessing they were there to see if someone would show them how to get their messages on their phone or some other thing older people tend to need help with when using technology. I was very wrong.
A genius came over to ask them what they were in for today. He was very cheerful and I can only imagine he was thinking something similar to what I was thinking before actually knowing what they needed help with. It was then I noticed the woman holding the phone close to her, like a baby. The man started to tell the genius that they just got this phone from the police an hour ago and wanted to know if they could get the messages from the phone. Their son had jumped off the Tobin Bridge and they came from the police station after identifying their son’s body and collecting his belongings - the iPhone. They wanted to know if their son had tried calling or texting anyone before he jumped. I was frozen as I was hearing this story. This moment in time has been in my head for months now. The genius looked as stunned as I think I must have looked if they looked across the table at me staring at them (I was very obviously listening). A genius came over to me as the other genius told them he would take their son’s phone to the back to see what he could do and I that was the last I saw of them. I’m not sure what it is about this whole thing that has stayed with me. I tend to think being a parent just makes you think differently and the empathy you have for other parents just increases. I have a hard time every so often thinking of that woman holding the iPhone like a baby - it’s an image that I can’t shake.