Instead another well-meaning, but still somewhat irritating guy decided to stand up for me. I dislike this. I dislike the fact that some guys think because I am a woman they can push me around (ie the douchebag) and other guys think that because I am a woman, I cannot stand up for myself (ie well-meaning but still irritating guy). He told the guy that he needed to leave because "the lady says it's time to go." Then he attempted to take the guy's drink out of his hand. As you can imagine this did not go down well. Punches were thrown but since all involved were drunk, nothing really connected. A small brawl broke out. I got everyone out through separate exits and called the non emergency police number, asking them to drive by and make sure no one hung around and fought. But it ruined my night. It marked the end of my good week and the beginning of a bad one.
Now it is Tuesday afternoon and I cannot shake the funk. Emails are making me grumpy. I'm not feeling like I'm in a good place writing was. And I am so over winter. I'm fucking sick of being cold, of half-melted dirty snow, of the ugly Midwestern winter pall. Yesterday I attempted a bubblebath to lift my mood, but ended up crying because I'd cut jalapenos earlier and the hot water made the burning on my dry, cracked hands start up again and I was just having a total I hate my life moment.
Today was no better, another day of waiting and bad news from a friend. Shortly I'm having my brother over to watch Buffy and Freaks and Geeks and play old video games in hopes of boosting our spirits, but I just needed to make a list of aspirations in hopes that if I look at it tomorrow it will inspire me (as opposed to bring out my pessimistic I will never achieve that side) and the streak of shitty luck will come to an end.
Things I am working to attain:
-Sell another book. A book that will do much better and reach a wider audience than the last two books. A book that will make people want to go back and read the last two books, especially Ballads because I really want to see it have a wider readership.
-Move to Seattle. I can't do Midwestern winter anymore. Give me rain over snow. Give me the beautiful green. Give me my place that inspires rather than depresses.
-Travel abroad. Scotland and Ireland especially. I really must get to those two places as soon as possible.
-Go back to New Orleans. Miss it. 10 years is too long.
-More road trips. Want to drive to the Badlands, also want to drive all of Route 66.
-Bartend by choice instead of out of necessity. So I get to enjoy the company of the customers I love and avoid the douchebags.
-Get some new clothes. It's been awhile.
-Tattoos. I really want to be able to do my big designs soon.
-Sell another book, sell another book, sell another book. Books that mean something. Books that make me proud. Books that have an impact on people.
Okay that's it. And if I look at this tomorrow and am still frustrated... well at least my trip to Seattle is less than a month away.
Sorry this was a lame blog entry. I just needed to vent and daydream.