Monday, September 04, 2006

Things I Hate About Me

My brain has bouts of denial -- Once in awhile, something happens that is so surreal that it won't register for me, despite the evidence of truth. I was neither an admirer nor critic of Steve Irwin. He was a fascinating non-issue in whose direction I rarely glanced. More bizarre to me than Steve Irwin's manner of death is my own brain's refusal to accept it as fact. And, this feeling of loss and regret? Well, it's just weird. Very weird.

I have periodic intuitions -- Years ago, I called my brothers and sisters to my grandmother's bedside against the protests of my father and aunt who said I was over-reacting to a gut-feeling that she was about to die. She died the next day. Last week, I begged my son's friend to quit his job at Domino's because I was so convinced that somebody would rob the joint and shoot everyone that I offered to pay the boy until he found another job. Saturday, two employees were found dead at a Pizza Hut down the highway. Thank God I was off a few miles.

I'm a mailbox stalker -- Where did this come from? Was I one of the teenagers who sat around waiting for the phone to ring after I gave some guy my number? No. But Austin Film Festival notification letters go out via snail mail this week and what am I doing? Camping out at my mailbox in triple digit heat and heading off my mail lady.

ME: Hi! I made you cookies.
HER: Two bills, pizza coupons, and a chain letter but you don't get them for six more blocks.
ME: Nothing from the Austin Film Festival?
HER: How often are you gonna do this?
ME: Just twice a year,the Nicholl and the AFF.
HER: And those are when?
ME: Around the first of August and early September. Why?
HER: We're doing vacation calendars for next year.
ME: Wait! You forgot your cookies!
HER: I don't like oatmeal.

I guess my intuition doesn't extend to favorite cookies and placing in screenwriting competitions. Or, maybe it does and my brain is in denial.

5 comments:

David Anaxagoras said...

But, but, but...those are the things we LOVE about you!

Unknown Screenwriter said...

MARYAN
You don't like oatmeal?

HER
Chocolate chip.

MARYAN
Can you wait?

--Sorry... LOL.

Unk

MaryAn Batchellor said...

well done, unk

moviequill said...

I am waiting for Final Draft's first cut (this month sometime) and the Expo's first cut (Oct sometime). What is disheartening is I have to return to Canada in Oct for a family issue and I won't be attending the Expo. If I make it to Finalist I think you have to be there for the win? That would suck if they were going to name me winner, find out I am not attending, and pull someone else...

Mystery Man said...

Well, paint me perplexed. What IS there to hate about any of these qualities?

By the way, if you get any gut feelings about me, send me a quick email, will ya? Thanks. Hehehe...

I also have NO doubt that one day your letter will come. It's just a numbers game.

-MM