Empty Days

Wednesday, February 18, 2004



Something is going on in the building - they're repairing the fire-exit staircase. I definitely like hearing those coarse jokes in loud voices over hammer thuds, bolts rolling down the steel steps. Working men - perennial blue-collar cheer.

My father worked as a painter for the past few years. He's an odd bird in that environment and in any case it's the solitude of the empty rooms he likes best. On the other hand, one ever-present feature in a contractor's life are rabid fights with the foreman over that weekly paycheck. For some reason it's never clear how much one is supposed to get and when. So you need serious guts to fight for what you think you deserve. Not a peaceful line of work.





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