Saturday, August 30, 2008

Selfish jeans

Yesterday I bought my first pair of jeans for over $100.  This goes against much of what I believe in.  Or much of what I say I believe in.  There is this line in an essay by David Rakoff (very funny guy, incidentally) where he writes something about justice or equality being the central theme of his life and then corrects himself and says "no, actually, thinness is the central theme of my life."  That's how I feel.  I want the good of humanity and art and literature and hiking to be my central concerns, but really, I spend a lot of time thinking about my neck and my ass and whether or not people link me or think I'm pretty, or funny or smart.  So, I suppose the yuppie jeans are just the logical extension of my self absorption.  
In my defense, my twentieth high school reunion is tonight. 

Things I fantasize about doing with my life:

Moving to a rural area and become an organic farmer (complete with bee hives)
Moving to Kenya to work at that huge refugee camp for the displaced Sudanese
Moving to Alaska to be hermetic and literary
Moving to Madagascar to help prevent erosion
Moving to Telegraph Hill to be a rich bohemian 
Becoming a midwife and moving to an impoverished African country where they need midwives

Or I could just stay put and count my blessings, which I am trying to learn to be better at.



And speaking of blessings. . .a completely unrelated picture of Oliver in the tub.  Just to lighten the mood.

4 comments:

hilary belle said...

whether or not people link me or think I'm pretty, or funny or smart.

hilary belle said...

--whether or not people link me or think I'm pretty, or funny or smart.--

whether people "link" you? did you mean "like", or do you mean "link" as in the URL sense of the word? i am so confused. i LIKE you but...how do i link you? and to whom?

and also, no photo of YOU in the JEANS??? what's that about? at least tell us the brand...?

Samantha Schoech said...

Oh, I did mean "Like" me. I don't really know how they would link me either. Despite my recently being ALL OVER this damn internet, I still know very little.
Hm, photos of me in the jeans. That sounds like a bad idea. But maybe.

jobwich said...

Moving to a rural area and become an organic farmer (complete with bee hives)
= possible foreclosure and/or anaphylactic shock.

Moving to Kenya to work at that huge refugee camp for the displaced Sudanese

=Celebrities wanting babies

Moving to Alaska to be hermetic and literary

=The Gov. hunts from a freaking plane

Moving to Madagascar to help prevent erosion

=Jean ruiner.

Moving to Telegraph Hill to be a rich bohemian

=Too many parrots

Becoming a midwife and moving to an impoverished African country where they need midwives

= Again with the celebrities.

Link is the new "like."

You look like a hundred bucks.

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