(About Last Night)
T H A N K …………Y O U
As some know, I work as a graphic-“monkey-boi” for (So as not to mention any names) a company that rhymes with- “Stor-phora” (eh hem) and by about 11:45, “word” got out to our satellite & affiliate offices, and well- “The thing” took off like a banshee.
Seriously, speaking for our office, NO ONE got ANYTHING done. Of course the WOW page is always “up” at my non graphic computer desk behind me,.. because certain “people” can meander in, sit down anonymously and read all of the NSFW goodies they LOVE to read thanks to the WOW staffers.. However aside from the occasional “Jump” to a you tube, yawl send us to… there’s never a need to have the volume up.
For the first time NSFW was overlooked, and the floor was buzzing, Honestly all we needed was a disco ball and a smoke machine, but Randy and Fenton BOTH will attest to the difficulties of the “Union and Smoke Machines”… those union bastards,… so we relied solely on conversation. Which became “Smokey-hot enough..”
The MAIN TOPIC? La matière du jour?
“If OUR offices, all over, are filled with “former geeks and closetted out-casts?” Which I’m now very aware are….Well then, at some point- `each of us, must’ve turned a corner at some point? Each person must’ve had a story to tell… And they did. Questions with evident patterns resembling: ” WHEN was it/” or more importantly “WHAT was `your crossroad? What was your provocation? What inspired your, diffusion, augmentation, your genesis?”
This “Extravaganza” not only ensued mad dashes to the local Barnes & Nobel on lunch breaks, but frantic phone with questions denoting, “…um, is ‘Freak Show,’ TWO WORDS, OR ONE? I can’t find it anywhere!!!”
I advised them to simply look up: “James St James, and after being inundating a slew of Rebbecca St. James Cd’s- and the themed Madrigal Performances of the St James Cathedral & Monastery Monks- “OUR” James finally popped up. And either they came back with book in hand or confirmation receipts that their books are on the way.
But all in all the day, the topics sparked INTENSE conversations between the `Cubicle-People!’ -People I’d never seen speak at all, let alone to eachother.
People in hallways, people around the fax machine, from the coffee room, to the conference room -were all chatting up their- “Black-sheep’ed-childhoods.”
– Incidentally the elevators at work have never been stuck- NOT ONCE, in my entire tenure in the U.S. offices- YET, YESTERDAY they GOT STUCK BETWEEN FLOORS- TWO SEPARATE TIMES for over 20 minutes (that I heard about) And I’m not even gonna speculate… But “Facilities Maintenance” ended up on our corporate floor, joining in on the convo and the stories THEY added to the mix,.. well, it added an entire plethora of scope to the prospectus.
And then People you NEVER EXPECTED TO SEE `TOGETHER, were in cars together driving off to Boarders Books, Or “B & N.” BUT as these -“excited-on a mission shoppers- headed off Grabbing purses & sweaters, I swear to you, I heard,…- “Will you pick one up for me? ” and “Ya, can you grab me one too?”
I think our office alone must’ve bought 25 copies in 4 hours.
That’s not counting our Montreal, and Boston Offices, and of course by the time “lvmh” heard, “Y’all” were off your rockers, and things were shutting down, but they still got some good tasty tidbits. Enough to peak an interest in buying the book.
Above all, it was so interesting to find out who, out of our team, were their school’s worst “Outcasts!” And what some people “Considered” to be wretched.
Still stuck in the 8th grade, MENTALLY- The “I’m better” frame of m ind, Still reigns, but it was different…I noticed that by being the biggest geek, with the worst story, was what would thrust you into “this popularity spotlight.” Things haven’t changed…- Everyone had a story to “One up” the last,.. Each person’s story was worse than the last,
THEY each were the ugliest, the worst dressed, None ever once owned a pair of “Ditto Jeans,” (Ladies between 36 and 45 will remember those) A Gunny sac-sac Dress, (Yes, a real designer who made the most gorgeous corset dresses, that I stole from my sister) and certainly a pair of Sergio Valenti’s NEVER graced their closets, Wire hanger or nicht! Listening to our, office ladies- Manalo, & Jimmy Choo Clad, explain that they were the ones. They were the NAFF. That THEY were, once the “Greasy haired, Head Gear Girl, who people thru food at,” had me giggling to myself,.. Because it was the, Still “Closetted” office bois Who were the quietest of all. We were/are the ones who know the real meaning. Us & Janis Ian,….
WOW may have changed many things for many people yesterday. Somehow being the geek, the outcast, different, became popular. I myself would have preferred “Accepted” over “Popular” ANYDAY.
Because as you know, “What goes up, MUST COME DOWN.”
But, people broke out of stereotypes, and we gained a newer understanding of eachother. Some even had -GRAPHIC PROOF- (via our various: “Buckets of Photos” & “Shacks of images”) there “it” was, our “Childhood Geek-dom,” and some of those pix were truly shocking revelation at times…
Once again, James proved another point.
Which seems to be– No matter `WHO YOU ARE,… just a mere “Change of clothing, can spark and entirely new personality.”
“Fake it til you make it.” I always say…
I mean we always suspected it, but there “it” was in black and white for us- …`er, I mean, uh – in, “Gold Lamay and Black Fly Specs” to prove that in one hour -you can go from, Being: “ON!!!” To Singing-and bouncinng, and Chummy-Bright and Cheery”-
to- a Demure- and an attitude of
“-V.I.P; area-fraunk-fraunk-fraunk-Franuk Seee-natra.”
Surprise after Surprize- Luminous Lenora, left us aglow, I could watch her for hours, and in all honesty, I guess we did, didn’t we?
Oh and “Naked Upper Body Boy” (Yes, we all know who he is, but we prefer: “N.U.B.B.” (CERTAINLY NO PUN INTENDED,) He’s DISHY AS HELL. YUMMY He was adorable….It was evident that on his mind CONSTANTLY was to keep “The Book” in the forefront of all camera angles, and he had me heralding “Good Job, well done,” as if I had some stake in the monetary gain of it’s sucess.
BTW….Note to Jeff: Jeff, you’re about to become more popular than Jeffree Starr, I hope you’re ready. And WOW? Whatta Comodity. Is he a PAID INTERN? Better get that “Offer Contract” out, and on the table… people are going to be clammering for that Boy like, `Hello, I-Phone is now- “OUT,” Jeff is the new “MUST HAVE personal item.”
and James’ Book, well, we all knew it was just a matter of time before word of mouth made it a Cult Classic. James, I know you’d prefer “NY Best Seller,” but “Cult Classic” has more “staying power,” (And certainly more residual, `Cabbage if that’s the way your contract with “Dutton” reads)
THANK YOU ALL, for making it a GREAT DAY AT THE OFFICE, we learned so much about eachother and I know these conversations trickled over to many a dinner table.
Even thru the “Cord Tripping” and “Timing Out” -we all got to know more about each other than we’d ever dreamed. (And in some cases -ever wanted to know.)
PS Next time James? Follow the Gold Lamay “top,” up with the – “Gold La may Thong,” You know how I’ve been Begging…..it would just be-Quoi qu’il arrive, la flamme de la résistance. Uhmph!
PsPs, This morning’s rumor is that- someone watching yesterdays shenanigans- someone with a- “Connection” has “impinged on” Oprah, about some obsolete little book-club of hers… Hmmm. Let’s all just sit back and put our energy and good thought to that one…
It is. It Is. It Is. ONE THOUSAND TIMES- IT ALREADY IS.