We had a couple of days of cold but beautifully sunny weather. Everyone (well, a bunch of people) at my work have been getting sick/flu.
Thursday was so lovely outside I was terribly annoyed being at work in my office cave, the window just around the doorway, teasing me. I knew I wanted to take off Friday, the weather would be the same and I wanted to enjoy it.
Thursday night I decided I would just call in sick to work on Friday. They would be fully staffed, nobody would miss me. I spent Thursday afternoon at work making sure everything was tidy for the next day. I didn't leave anyone in the lurch.
Jeckyll and I had some good quality time Thursday night. He took the night off from comedy. We had dinner and drinks, then met up with friends briefly, then came home and played cards at the dining room table.
I sent a text to Scumbag telling him I was going to take the next day off and would he like to have coffee? He replied with one of our common answers, "yes, yes, and yes". It always makes me laugh. One "yes" is simply not enough.
I miss my old boss where I could be honest and simply say, "I need a mental health day" and he was always fine with it. He knew I got my shit done, and that sometimes you just need an unscheduled day to screw off. Now with the new CEO I had to call in sick, pretend I had the cold that's going around. I hate to have to do that, it feels like bad karma. Like next week I'll actually catch that cold/flu and be fucked. I don't like being deceptive.
So I was naughty. Called in sick. Scumbag was actually up pretty damn early and was ready to go have coffee at 10:00am while I was still lounging in bed. We had a lovely coffee date and then went to a bar just to play pool (no drinking).
I got to hear all about his next moves in comedy. He's lining up tours. He's going to do 5 shows in Seattle next month. He's got shows lined up in Denver, San Francisco, and Austin over the next few months. Now that he's getting a little more success, he's exceptionally confident. I like it.
We talked a little bit about how much he's grown up over the past year and a half, since we'd met. I tried really hard not to sound condescending in any way, but really, he's matured so much. I think about this scuzzy little troll I met, who was all big mouth, greedy and insulting, no thought for anyone but himself.
He's becoming quite the young man. He's becoming the man he's meant to be. He attributed a lot of his maturing to hanging out with people older than him, and he's probably very correct. Having older friends was necessary for him, to have some guidelines for how to act. I don't mean me and Jeckyll really, more his other good friends, the guys that are about 30. He could watch and learn, this is how you behave. This is how you treat others. I like to think too that we helped as well.
I had a lovely day off yesterday. I hope it doesn't come back and bite me in the ass but I feel like I was owed. I'm working two Saturdays this month, so it's pay back. Just have to make sure I don't run into anyone from work this weekend, or I'll be busted.