Since You And I Haven’t Had Sex (Dealing With Negative Energy)
Posted on February 24, 2008
I was going through my CDs the other day looking to make a compilation of some 80s songs that brought back very specific memories. While making my way through the “B”s (Baltimora…Berlin…Big Pig…Blondie…), Bon Jovi caught my eye. It was an album I hadn’t listened to in a long while, so I popped it in and the first few chords of “Keep The Faith” rang out. Keep the faith…it somehow seems so appropriate right now. Let me explain.
A good friend of mine was laid off late last year. She was financially strapped to begin with, but someone somewhere fat-fingered a key and withheld unemployment, stating that she’d been fired for being intoxicated on the job. It’s taken nearly 4 months to clear that up. My boss was let go last month and she’s having a hell of a time finding a job here in Michigan. The woman has survived cancer and personal tragedies, yet this seems to be hitting her just as hard. Another friend has already sought medical assistance for stress because her boss is no longer even trying to hide the face he wants to replace her with one of his “good ol’ boys”. It’s sick that sort of thing still happens, but it does.
Another good friend lost her dog to complications this past weekend. Yet another has conflicted feelings with his partner, another is severely depressed about the crappy job she had to take in order to avoid going into bankruptcy, another can’t seem to get somebody under the age of 50 to be romantically interested in him and… Okay, awkward, but the list goes on. Maybe I’m just bad luck to know because each and every one of these people is someone I’ve spoken with recently. In fact, we talk on the phone several times a week. They need to unload and unwind and they want to do it with someone who isn’t going to offer them advice, but rather just listen.
I generally try to remain upbeat. Hell, I write comedy! My last boss was someone who could walk into work each morning and despite how crappy things might have been, always do it with a smile on her face and an attentive ear if something was wrong that you wanted to discuss it. She set the example, but man is that a tough act to follow, especially since she’s now on the receiving end.
Do I really have any complaints? No. I still have a job, such as it is. Do I have some concerns? You bet and I feel awful for my partner right now because after taking in everybody else’s negative energy, I tend to share it all with him. What a circle. Now I get to share some of mine with you. Be prepared. Ready? I started contacting book stores last week to set up signings. They either wouldn’t confirm they were interested, return a phone call or a few of them even turned me down flat. Nobody is showing up to signings right now, not even for the bigger names. Welcome to Economy 101, yet Hilary and Obama can snipe at each other about who said what about whom on a piece of paper that got mailed out. Bitches, quit your bickering and start offering solutions. I can’t wait until I’m 70 years old before I have a financially successful book on my hands.
Truth be told, all of this…these things going on…are messing up my ability to write the new book. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve actually been able to get some new material down and that’s not a good trend. So, keep the faith? Easier said than done. Paula Cole once asked where have all the cowboys gone. I’d like to know where all the positive energy has gone. I’m tired of feeling absolutely exhausted by 9pm each night and cringing whenever the phone rings. That’s not me. That’s not me at all.
I am looking forward to this upcoming weekend, though. My partner and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend, only he wasn’t able to make it home due to his job. We are going to make up for it next weekend and I bought the biggest, meatiest king crab legs to steam that you’ve ever seen. We’re also talking about huge scallops and lobster tail, which will be complimented by a nice dose of freshly steamed vegetables. If that’s not something to look forward to, then the sex afterwards should be darn spectacular!
I wrote that out loud, didn’t I? My bad.
I’m curious. What do you, dear reader, do to counteract negative energy that comes your way? Obviously you and I haven’t had sex, so you must have found your own unique way to deal with things. What would that be?
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.