I meet Tano at Jon and Elisabeth's party. I am late. People ask why I'm
late. I say, "I was working on a product launch."|
People think I'm joking. No one at a Jon-and-Elisabeth party has a steady job.
I talk to Jon's friends who want to be rock stars. I talk to Elisabeth's friends who want to have a career but marry a rock star.
At various points in my corporate life, I have hired most of Jon's friends as HTML contractors. I am surrounded by people with no steady job and no money to eat. They talk about touring. They talk about squandered love and squalid apartments.
I feel more solid than I've ever felt in my life.
I have the most stable life in this room.
I look at the band du jour and they look like homeless people.
I cannot be like these people. I cannot stand the uncertainty. If I were living that close to homelessness, I would surely slip over the edge.
Jon asks me when I'm getting a real job.
I say, "I really like my job."
"Really?" he says, like he might be high, or surprised.
I don't tell Jon I just quit. Maybe I can get my job back if I tell them I'll have a good attitude and I won't keep threatening to quit for more money.
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