CNN*: Your loyal fans seem to appreciate that you have maintained your signature look, with the dark clothing, wiry hair and the black eyeliner. Why do you keep it up?
SMITH: You know, I've shaved my head three times in the last twenty years but no one really notices! This is how I feel comfortable. I overdo it when I am [preparing for a concert] because it makes me feel more dramatic when I go out on stage. I like to put a lot more on, I make my hair a bit wilder, but it's generally how I look most of the time. It's just how I am, really.
I love it...
* a.k.a. Dorks 'R Us. The interviewer is such a dweeb.
Sometimes I totally feel like I'm soliciting...
Phone call just now:
Client: So what would $200 do towards giving my web site a new look?
Me: Well, I think I could work something out!
Client: He he, I was hoping you'd say that...
I'm quite happy to do this actually, since the guy's site is really small (5 pages) and the design I did (3 years ago) *embarrasses* me. I went for a conservative business site but it is just dull and stupid looking. Time for a change, I guess!
There's a group of Hare Krishnas out on Broad Street right now that's big enough and loud enough I can hear their jingling all the up on the 5th floor with my windows shut and chamber music playing. That's what I can enthusiasm!
CNN.com is a quicklink in my browser and I visit a lot but MAN, is so useless! Or at least the homepage is. I am so SICK of the homepage being filled with JUNK NEWS like:
Half-ton man drops 321 pounds, and still counting
Peterson's lover says he lied to her
CBS News' Mike Wallace cited for disorderly conduct
Philippines' Arroyo to men: Stop kissing me
Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams divorcing
These are just the ones "above the fold," without me even scrolling down. I don't want celebrity news or ultimately inconsequential trials and legal cases posing as the "top news" of the country. How about they talk about, I don't know, actual NATIONAL NEWS!? Like that affect people's lives?!
CNN headquarters is like 5 minutes from here, maybe I should slip a note under their door?
I think I may need to start wearing dark sunglasses and a wig in public, as I'm much too identifiable to people who need me to build them web sites. I was just walking into my building after being out to get my shots and this neighbor of mine, who found out I was a web designer last night at our building meeting, came up to me and began to gab excitedly about having me design a site for a student group at GSU. It's like as soon as people know what I do, they rush me like I've got free ice cream!
I swear this is like the 10th client I've have appear *out of nowhere* in a two-week period. Not that I'm going to complain because the prospect of income coming in all this month, next month and the month after that -- well, it's a wonderful prospect! So far my definite clients are VSA Gallery (site redesign), BBP Associates (project site), and Executive Leadership Solutions (re-do of old site). I've also put a bid on a web site for this building's condo association and will be doing two project estimates later today, one for Charis Circle (total redesign) and one for a marketing firm (search engine marketing). This morning I put in a big for a potentially very lucrative project doing a site for a retirement community in Sandy Springs. Finally I will probably also be helping out this guy Thomas Vanderbilt launch his marketing services site. And I have two other regular maintanance clients (CAP and TSWA), so that really is around 10 projects.
*knocks on woods, is glad desk is real wood*
Of the three books I'm selling on eBay, the one item that's got a bid so far (plus two enquiries) is Rimbaud: Complete Works, Selected Letters, a bilingual edition my brother gave me. Funny, I thought there was zero chance of people looking for Rimbaud on eBay. But I am happily proved wrong! Can't wait to see if there's a bidding war among French scholars or something.