i have been packing up a quarter century of my life, my ex-husband’s life, my two stepchildren’s lives, my own children’s lives. it’s sometimes surprising to come across a book, a drawing, a sportsmanship award for which kid and what sport? i have cried looking at little blobs of clay that were once handed to me with great pride and an “i made this for you, mommy!” but i don’t have to worry about the next phase of my life, because at least i have my job.
well, i have a job on facebook!
i am friends with f2fb friend #318 arthur frank, the father of the delightful gal in the video. he owns round table books and he was just as surprised to discover that i am now listed as being employed at his establishment. oddly, he has not offered me a salary. or a corner office. on the other hand, i haven’t offered to show up and do actual, like, work. one of the very odd things about being fifty one is that a lot of employment skills are difficult to implement or to prove to a potential employer without some major practice. for instance, if i were set loose behind a starbucks espresso machine, i’m sure the company’s share price would drop as precipitously as facebook’s share price.
still, he has even more of a problem–mr. z. set off an italian controversy worthy of a tempermento tantrum enorme! he doesn’t tip. no, not at all. not a a euro at the coffee shop. not a euro at the cozy sidewalk cafe. not a euro at the little corner romantic pasta joint. i went around the world to meet my facebook friends last year and i tipped everywhere. i gotta ask . . .
arthur might not want to employ me, but he is the owner of a business that will help me. help me with disposing of the many books i have acquired over the last twenty five years. round table books takes books on consignment, sells them, and if it can’t sell them, it donates the books to charity. go visit their website–maybe they can help you find a book you’re looking for or take care of a book you need to find a new home for! www.roundtablebooks.com right now they have a lot of arlynn presser and vivian leiber books–i wrote under the name vivian leiber for many years.
but arthur’s not doing this alone. he is employing my f2fb friend #319 eric c. carley who reminded me that there is a very honorable means for a femme seul to live in winnetka–for free!
so next time you look at my facebook page, you’ll notice that i’m employed at round table books. i wonder if mark zuckerberg would like to give me a job. . . at least on facebook!