Monday, June 11, 2012

Managing to Survive

For years I've made my bean money working as an onsite apartment manager.  I've had as many as 120 units and as few as 26. I've managed with a partner / roommate and without. I've worked for the insane and the rational. I keep thinking I've seen it all and my definition of "it all" continues to expand.

So, this post is about managing and this is where I will post the conventions of how I write about managinging.

I manage three buildings. I work in The Building and live in The Other Building. The third building (The Other Other Building) is small and pretty quiet so it can have a silly handle.

And that's it for now! If I think of any more I will put them here.

Q & A (now with just the A!)
A: Yes, I have written a tv spec pilot entitled "Managing to Survive." It won an award at UCLA

A: Yes, I've had other blogs with this title.

A: No, I have not always managed to survive. I used to clerk in a law firm. But "Clearking in A Law Firm to Survive" just doesn't have that zip the big time Hollywood producers crave.

A: Yes, it's a crazy job. Because people are crazy. And they make me crazy. And then I do crazy things. Like get up the next day and go back to work.

A: Yes, I have thought of myself as an action hero especially when I'm on the roof in the rain at three in the morning. I can hear the the deep-voiced trailer man say "Ed Goodman is: Managing to Survive."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ode to Dogs

If you don't love dogs, I can't love you. Sorry. It's just the way it has to be. I can forgive your horrible music and stupid ideas about society but damn, if you can't get with the sublime joy of dogs, you should get to steppin'. 'Cause Papa ain't gonna have none of that. Ain't that right, Pinball?
PB: Woof!
EG: Who's a good puppy? Whoooooo's a good puppy?!
PB: Woof!
EG: That's right - uh oh!
(Pinball sits up, looks around, muffles a 'woof')
EG: Who is it? Who is it Pinball?
(Pinball runs to the window and barks)
EG: That's right. Get'em Pinball!
(Ed opens to the door and Pinball rushes out. Fade as Pinball jumps on the mailman, eats the mail, steals the truck, etc)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Three Way in the Parking Lot
Look at'em. All lined up like pretty little maids. So boxy and strong. I thought I was checkin' in to some 2012 higher power when my friend Jason hipped me to this site.

Auto Buds
Welcome to Auto Buds. The place for auto buds. Auto Buds are two cars of the same make, model, color, or as identical as possible, that are parked right next to each other or in close proximity

When the aliens uncover the archives, they're gonna be confused about how we spent our time here on earth.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Robert Heinlein

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

- Robert Heinlein

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Happy New Year Motivational Rock Chunk

This is the time of year a lot of people get to reflecting. "Am I heading in the right direction?" "Am I doing all I can?" "Can I do things better next year?" A lot of people also ask "Is Paul Gilbert just another mindless shredder from the eighties?" "Wasn't Paul Gilbert in Mr. Big?" "Is there a nice Paul Gilbert ballad-y type of a song with a sweet guitar solo that I can listen to with my lady?" Well, the answers to those questions are
"I have no idea."
"Yes. And you love "Green Tinted Sixties Mind."

So, here's a little something to help you ease into 2012 with a smile on your face. Remember, screenplays don't get bought. Screenplays are SOLD. Now get out there!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Day One!

2012: Day One: Fried Chicken in the park with a pretty girl. One party, one return of a borrowed item and one good workout. Plus...oh, I already mentioned the chicken. Alright, 2012, that's enough for one day. No notes, just stay focused. And don't get cocky! By January 15, 2011 was insufferable. #TimeIsAHumanConstruct #DoesntReallyExist ##LikeTheStockMarketandPaperMoney? #YouKeepQuietMr.DoubleHash! ##But I #WhatDidIJustSay ##(grumblegrumble)