A Coping Monophobe

Avatar Author: Kevin Lawver This time, it's mostly Jason's fault. He's the one who convinced me that we couldn't just leave well enough alone. He got the designers to donate their time, and wrote all the HTML, CSS and 95% of the javascript. I did... Read Bio

I figured it out. I was sitting in the coffee shop with my dingy old laptop when I realized that I was sitting in half of the answer. I closed the lid on my computer, picked it up and walked up to the counter.

“Are you taking applications? I don’t have much experience, but I’ll do whatever needs to be done and I’d like to work your busiest shift.”

I work the opening shift, from eight to twelve, Monday through Friday. The constant rush of people in need of their daily wake up call is more than enough to calm my fears. Then, I go to the library and read magazines and nap until my second shift starts.

My late shift? I work league bowling nights at the bowling alley, starting at 4. After it closes at 10, I head to the truck stop where I take orders at the lunch counter and talk to the truckers until 3AM. Then, I’m usually so tired that I can sleep for a couple hours until I have to get up again and make my way to the coffee shop.

I’m making enough money now to afford to see a doctor. Maybe she’ll help me.

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  1. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    Now, then, the question is this: Does he need the doctor to help him cure his monophobia, or to help him stay awake during his shifts? ;-) I’m really hoping for more!

  2. Avatar Kevin Lawver

    I ran out of characters, but I was going to have him say something about having unlimited access to an espresso machine.

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Those three jobs sound like the typical single adult in America these days. The monophobe needs a girlfriend, or one of those nurses like Monk has; paid to watch him sleep; to be there when he’s not working. :P

  4. Avatar Textual Phoenix

    “unlimited access to an espresso machine.”

    I know many people who would consider that a definition of Nirvana. :-D

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