“Everybody’s shaking in his boots, so don’t be bluffed.”
“Nobody’s so damn well educated that you can’t learn ninety per cent of what he knows in six weeks. The other ten per cent is decoration.”
“Show me a specialist, and I’ll show you a man who’s so scared he’s dug a hole for himself to hide in.”
“Almost nobody’s competent, Paul. It’s enough to make you cry to see how bad most people are at their jobs. If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind.”
“Want to be rich, Paul?”
“Yes, sir—I guess so. Yes, sir.”
“All right. I got rich, and I told you ninety per cent of what I know about it. The rest is decoration. All right?”
-Excerpt from Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Pro forma sounds more like an italian dish to me than anything related to my finances!
Well, maybe it started that way, as a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings, these lights, this whole city! Somebody had to dream about it first, and maybe that’s what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it!
Farm Sitting at Mont Clair
I’m eating farmers market barbeque and drinking whiskey in a rocking chair on a porch overlooking fields on fields under stars you don’t get in my stupid “big city.”
I’m taking time away to dream,
I’m taking time out to clean up my room,
and when I clean up,
my room will gleam,
because dreams aren’t as unreal as they seem.
I’m taking time away to dream,
I’m taking time out.
Earlier today a Jehovah’s Witness came to my door. He handed me a pamphlet and we began talking. FutureMan snuck through the cracked door and greeted him excitedly.
"FutureMan! Inside!" I told FutureMan, and he obliged.
The man continued telling me about his mission, about JW.org being the second most visited website globally, and, mid-sentence concerning how confident I am in Jesus’ return, paused to ask me: “Is your dog named FutureMan???”
I mean, it’s not your job to be as confused as Nigel.
An astronaut looks at the earth.
“I’m really worried about that place.”
[after Thompkins steals Norm’s proposal and the Board of Directors shoots it down]
Diane Chambers: Now, Norman, please. Now don’t let this phase you. You have to keep pushing. I know that this idea didn’t succeed, but others will.
Norm Peterson: No no, Diane, a few moments ago, I almost made the biggest mistake of my professional life and it was because I was doing something that just wasn’t me. I am not a go-getter, I’ve never been a go-getter. What’s more, I don’t even want to be a go-getter. I’m very happy right where I am. I’m tired of all these people saying “Peterson, you gotta push”, “You gotta get ahead”, “You gotta make that goal.” I don’t even want to make the goal, Diane. I want to be a bench warmer, OK? The world needs bench warmers. I mean, if there were no bench warmers, what would we have? We’d have… cold benches. A lot of cold benches and the world does not need that, Diane. In this great pageantry of life, Norm Peterson may be a motionless lump, but he’s a very damn good one.
Diane Chambers: Norman, I’ve never seen you so impassioned.
Norm Peterson: That’s because I believe in this, Diane. Look, Norm Peterson is totally happy being an anonymous cog in the gigantic machinery of this firm.