Monday, November 17, 2008
Was in a mild state of panic today because I spent most of my time working on changes to HOLIDAZED, which opens Friday.
So I wasn't sure how I was going to squeeze in something new. But then Floyd asked if I had time to help clean the gutters. Once up on the roof, he suggested we go clockwise rather than counter-clockwise, as is our usual custom for the last eighteen years.
Talk about a rut.
Still, it felt a little lame as a New Thing. So when it came time to move on to the garage I didn't descend the ladder and move it as I normally do, but instead decided to leap from one roof to the other. This isn't as risky as it sounds. The roofs are flat and maybe four feet apart, but I've never done it before as it seemed needlessly reckless. I mean, suppose I caught my foot on the gutter and went hurtling face first onto the pavement? That would suck.
So my heart actually fluttered in my chest as I prepared to take a running leap. In a way, this little moment represents so much of what I've tried to do all year. To take a little risk in the course of a mundane task. To infuse an otherwise ordinary day with a sense of adventure.
Posted by Marc Acito at 11:26 PM