Did you ever know anyone who started their sentences with, "not for nothing, but..."? I don't understand that. What does that mean? I met this guy once, when I was living in NY and I was out at a bar with some friends. He was a teacher from Hoboken, NJ and he started practically everything he said with "not for nothing, but..." I found that extremely odd and more than a little irritating. Did he do that in class? "Not for nothing, but if a equals b and b equals c, then a equals c." Or "Not for nothing, but the US has a bi-cameral legislature." I don't remember what he taught. Or maybe I didn't know in the first place.
Not for nothing, but I think Cary Grant was probably the sexiest man ever to have lived. I've heard people compare George Clooney to him, and I'd say that's probably about as close as we're going to get. George Clooney is the only straight actor I can think of to whom I would apply the adjective "debonair".
When I was walking the dogs one night last week, I got catcalled (catcalled at?) by two guys in a white Camaro. Which made sense. If you're going to go around yelling and whistling at random women, you'd want to do it from a Camaro. Or a Trans-Am.
I got an email from a person trying to sell me something whose title was Relationship Manager. I guess this was in reference to managing relationships with clients, but I could see this becoming a whole new career track. Too busy to manage your own relationship? Call on me, Lori Graham, Relationship Manager! I would be very bad at this job, I think.
Someone got here last week by googling "her prettiness astounds me". No joke here. I just think that's a really nice phrase and it's stuck with me.
I've signed up for NaNoWriMo. Which, for those of you who don't know what that is and are too lazy to click on the link, means that I will be attempting along with thousands of people from around the world, to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. This seems like a good idea since I lack self-discipline and therefore require a deadline to accomplish much of anything. And really I have a lot of free time at work that I'm currently wasting and could be better using to write (I'd feel bad about this, except I get all of my work done and in a timely manner. They need me there for when things come up, but I don't have nearly enough to fill the time.) Plus there's a big NaNo group here in Austin, so it could be another way to meet people. Writer people!
On the other hand, I am likely to chicken out of going to the events. There's a kick-off party which would require me to willingly go solo to a purely social event and *gasp* talk to people I don't know! I'm more likely to go to some of the write-ins since the idea is mostly to spend the time writing, not socializing. The problem with that could be the current state of my computer. The guy at CompUSA said it was randomly shutting down probably due to problems with the fan. So I could pay $75 for a new fan or buy a little desk fan and point it at the computer. This fan cost me $5 and seems to be working well so far, but may not be so practical for writing out in the world. If I bring my own powerstrip will my fellow writers let me use 2 whole outlets for the computer/fan set-up? Also, I tend to do my best (or most prolific anyway) writing late at night, which is not so compatible with my competing needs to be at work at 8:00 and also to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
In any case, I now have eight days to figure out what to write. And, of course, there's the small matter of writing 1,700 words a day next month. Maybe my main characters will start all of their sentences with "not for nothing, but", getting me a free four words with every line of dialogue! Maybe they are two Relationship Managers riding around in a white Camaro shouting at women about their astounding prettiness while pretending to be Cary Grant and George Clooney! Maybe this will be the WORST NOVEL EVER.
So, Internet...got a better idea?