booksandbourbon

Oct 19, 2013

I missed Jack DeJohnette's show the other night because I had forgotten the date.  John Scofield's the next night, too.  I have no idea what DeJohnette is playing these days - it's hard to guess what a group will be like when a drummer is the leader - but it's probably awesome.

laquist

Oct 19, 2013

Yes. Yes, you do need a personal assistant.

I know nothing about your jazz men, but there's no convenience I remember more fondly than the period when I had a personal assistant -- she woke me up with an egg-and-cheese on a kaiser roll and got work started, sometimes hours before I was ready to join her and start fielding the calls she'd been holding off, etc. She took calls I didn't want to take and lied for me when I didn't want to go to something or when I was running inexcusably late.

She was trustworthy; I'd sign a book of checks for her whenever she ran out. She took care of the things I hated doing and freed me to focus on the big strokes -- the part of the business I enjoyed.

Finally, I could leave town again and travel with confidence that things were taken care of. She even freed me to meet my one-and-only (for as long as that lasted).

When a repeated, significant oversight cost me a semi-significant loss, I fired her. In retrospect, I should have swallowed the loss more graciously.

Since then, whenever I've been asked what I would wish for if I could have anything, I've always answered, a personal assistant.

booksandbourbon

Oct 19, 2013

Would totally pay.  I pay a woman to clean my apartment and she's an imbecile, so why not?

laquist

Oct 19, 2013

Do it. For God's sake, if you can give this to yourself, do it. Just take your time with the interview process. Mine was a dancer who needed a day job, so I got more than I paid for.

For that matter, hire one who will clean, too, and dump the imbecile.

booksandbourbon

Oct 19, 2013

Should probably use the calendar in my phone for something other than just Shanghai Shenhua fixtures.

laquist

Oct 20, 2013

If a calendar was all you needed.... Congratulations. Thread solved.

booksandbourbon

Oct 20, 2013

It's not; I have a lot of other things to be organized.  It would, however, help with the specific thing that prompted this thread.

booksandbourbon

Oct 20, 2013

Right now getting out of bed every day and making it to work wearing clothes is a continual miracle.  Everything else is superfluity.

LakeOFthoughts

Oct 20, 2013

Good Lord....OP comes here to bitch about not being able to function.   It seems these imbecils you mention can function better than you... You can't even clean your own small dwelling?   Disgusting.

R0B0T_GRRRL

Oct 21, 2013

You're too far for me to be your PA. But I make an excellent one. So if you're ever back on this continent, you should message me.

Hope your TMJ is doing better.

laquist

Oct 21, 2013

Right now getting out of bed every day and making it to work wearing clothes is a continual miracle.

A personal assistant is the answer. He or she will open your curtains or raise your blinds in the morning and have your breakfast ready. If you choose the housekeeping option, have him or her do your laundry, so you have only to pluck the fresh clothes from the shelf or closet. He or she can make your travel plans, pay your bills, keep track of your schedule/calendar, answer your phone, prioritize your (physical) inbox, drop off your outgoing mail, do your shopping.

In a second-world (?) country, surely this would be more affordable than in NYC or LA. Do eet!! If your boy- or girl-Friday is trustworthy, you'll never regret it.

As a student in Oxford, I was assigned a "scout." Normally, it would have been a dude, but he was ill, so his wife was filling in. Half an hour before the bell rang for breakfast in the refectory, she quietly opened the curtains by my bed. The shutters in the main room were opened. When I came back from breakfast, my bed was made. The clothes that I'd left on the floor were folded over the back of a chair. The place was vacuumed and straightened, including the piles on my desk. There were even fresh flowers on the table in the main room.

Tragically, in my current circumstances, I do my own dishes, laundry, vacuuming. It's traditional here for service workers to take home what they feel is extra or what they need from your fridge or pantry or wherever. I'd be asking for serious problems if I gave over access to my bank account. Not to mention the stigma I'd be inviting from my neighbors, among whom my skin color already has them watching for a sense of entitlement.

I don't know about the broader implications, but, in the absence of a social downside, you'll only be setting yourself up for pleasant memories.

Miss-Music

Oct 21, 2013

I'm going to save you a lot of money (I really wanted to type alot so that those who love hyperbole and a half could picture an alot made of $...anyways...) - my dear friend - get a calendar, an alarm clock and fix your give a fuck. :-) 

laquist

Oct 21, 2013

Your observation is dead-on; my giveafuck has been irreparably busted for many years.

That is, except for the things about which I give a fuck, which don't include shopping, cleaning, dishes, laundry and such.

Can you really say you'd miss them if you had someone to take care of these chores for you? Would you not prefer to spend all your time on the things (music?) that matter to you?

Miss-Music

Oct 21, 2013

I didn't comment on your give-a-fuck...I commented on B&B's. I did so from having conversations with him in the past.

 

And everyone would love to have more time to enjoy - but there's nothing wrong with the simple things, being self sufficient and taking care of ones self. Yeah, I get pleasure sometimes out of cooking an awesome meal, making my house spotless or the smell of freshly cut grass I just slaved away on in the sun. It feels good.

Vuht

Oct 21, 2013

I didn't comment on your give-a-fuck...I commented on B&B's. I did so from having conversations with him in the past.

i like this because you can interpret it as 'we had conversations in our past lives.'

BiggestCockEver

Oct 21, 2013

I like it because you can interpret it as "I commented on Bed & Breakfasts".

laquist

Oct 21, 2013

but there's nothing wrong with the simple things, being self-sufficient and taking care of oneself.

very Calvinist. But I hate these things.

Yeah, I get pleasure sometimes out of cooking an awesome meal

sometimes I like cooking. I don't like having to cook. I'd like having a cook and reserving my enjoyment of cooking for those moments of inspiration or evenings cooking together with someone, which is fun.

making my house spotless

hate.

or the smell of freshly cut grass I just slaved away on in the sun. It feels good.

Now, the outside stuff is my thing, esp. after 20 years in NYC. I'm always relandscaping.

BiggestCockEver

Oct 21, 2013

oops

booksandbourbon

Oct 21, 2013

That one time I show up nude is going to be awesome, though.

German_Film_Star

Oct 21, 2013

You're too far for me to be your PA. But I make an excellent one. So if you're ever back on this continent, you should message me. Hope your TMJ is doing better.

 

Me so hohrny! Me luv yu long time!

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