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Celebrity

Sunday sucked. I was late, hungry, hungover and disappointed to find Jeannie in the office instead of Mitch. “Hi. Greet,” she said.

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My feeling of accomplishment is completely out of proportion with what I’ve actually achieved.

During my last shift, I had started building a Lego car, the Nitro Menace, that would be put in a display case. In two hours I had barely finished 10 pages of the 62 page instruction booklet. The age suggestion of the book, 12+, infuriated me. This simple thing proved a logistical and engineering nightmare.

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Mitch*

Today at 2 PM, after nearly a full two a half days at Lego, I finally saw Mitch. Mitch is a funny guy, and I had hoped to see him a bit more, because, well, my life is terrible and laughing makes me feel better. The day had gone by quickly enough; a constant line about 10 insufferable Mag Mile shoppers deep kept me busy on the register. None the less, the depression of my situation did not escape me (Ed. note: as you may have noticed).

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There was a brief time in my life, not very long ago, when I was nearly out-on-my-ass poor. In the end, I came out both more compassionate and more resolute because of it, but at the time, it was desperate. I couldn’t turn the heat on in my apartment unless it was dangerously cold, and even when I did, the heater wasn’t strong enough to do the job. I often only ate one meal a day – usually pasta in melted butter. I had been more gainfully employed before that and had managed a small savings, which was quickly used up paying rent. I remember nearly crying because my state tax return came back in the negative; I simply did not have $50 for the State of Illinois.

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