Friday, June 29, 2012


Seen on the Purple Line to Linden at about 8:40 a.m. 

When her mother told her she was a quitter, Muriel replied: “Good. I want to be.” That was the day Muriel quit her family. She walked out the door with only the clothes on her back and went to quit some more.

Muriel has never understood why everyone considers quitting to be such a bad thing. In Muriel’s experience, quitting typically brings about good things. For instance, when she quit ballet after eleven years of lessons, her parents yelled and accused her of wasting their money. But Muriel didn’t think it was such a waste; quitting ballet gave her a reason to quit smoking cigarettes. Good for her health and good for her bank account.

Muriel quit wearing makeup, and now her complexion is flawless. Muriel quit college after a few months, and now she has no student loan debt. Muriel quit dating men, and now she’s come to realize that she’s a lesbian. Her willingness to quit has only served her well. That’s why she’s currently flipping through the classifieds section—Muriel thinks it’s time to quit her job and move on to the next adventure. She’ll probably quit that, too.

And with that, I bid you farewell for another busy weekend. Tonight Leta and I are going to paint the town red! Or rather, we're going to kind of paint Improvised Shakespeare red, and then we're going to paint my deck red. I guess. Tomorrow we're off to the suburbs for my sister's graduation party. Sunday we're going to City Lit's Adaptation Festival to support our friend Meg. Fun ahoy!

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