I had to go into the office where I do free-lance work today, to change my password and consult with the team I’m working with at the moment.
One of the benefits of working in an office is the opportunity for spontaneous conversations that aren’t available when one lives alone. I heard two editors talking about movies—I heard Embrace of the Serpent mentioned, which had been the topic of my last movie group discussion—and I rushed over to join in. The two editors were talking up Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some! which I had decided I didn’t want to see after watching the trailer. “The trailer doesn’t represent it,” said one editor in her 40s. I praised Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, but the editor in his 30s wasn’t going to see it: “I don’t like Tina Fey.”
It was maybe 10 minutes having nothing to do with work, but everything to do with feeling connected to others, and exchanging opinions. That’s the part of working full-time that I miss, the part that isn’t working.
Because I had free-lance work on Thursday, I had no time to do my Slice. So here it is, a day late.