- March 31, 2020 at 4:56 am #879219HelenGuest
A few months ago, when fyodor was wishing he didn’t have to go to some lame wedding, I was wishing I could lose weight to fit into my drawer full of shorts from 10 years ago. Welp, thanks to coronavirus fyodor isn’t going anywhere and after losing 12lbs in 12 days my ass looks fabulous in these shorts. Anyone else make a monkey paw wish?March 31, 2020 at 4:06 pm #879280bloodymediocrityParticipant
My wife (a community college professor) wished that she could teach exclusively online.April 2, 2020 at 6:10 am #879519HazelParticipant
my partner was worried we had taken on too much work and wished something would happen to space it out a bit and now 90% of it has disappearedApril 2, 2020 at 7:50 am #879525AllornoneGuest
I live in Miami, FL, USA, which, is a rather populous city. FOR YEARS, I’ve wished I could go somewhere, anywhere, here without facing a ton of traffic and hoards of people everywhere. Well, traffic is freaking awesome now (took me ten minutes to get to my “essential” work, when usually it takes 30. By the way, a 30-minute commute is usually pretty sweet here as it is). And with the exception of supermarkets, there is no one anywhere. I feel terrible this is the reason, but I admit I’m kind of enjoying some of these perks a bit.April 2, 2020 at 8:57 am #879531BittergaymarkGuest
Uh, I wanted time off from the endless grind of TV movies I’ve art directed. Speaking of which — one airs this Sunday on Lifetime. BLACK HEARTED KILLER, at 8pm. April 5th.
The bedroom /shrine of the dead daughter was most fun I’ve had creating a set in a while. We were out of money, so I pitched that the tragically deceased had been a photographer and that she and her parents had travel quite a bit. So the walls are covered with MY photographs of my travels. She also had my taste. Actually, pretty much everything interesting on that set apart from furniture was borrowed from my apartment. It looked pretty fucking great. The director and producers loved it.
But yeah, loaning all my cool stuff to a film for free? Eh, not exactly what I should be doing at this point in my career. Oh, and the endless grind of 14 hour days? Over it! Yeah. I wanted a break. I yearned for a break. I often pointedly wished for an extended break.
More: I was also pretty bummed out about this house finally going up on air bnb as it meant I simply wouldn’t be out here as much… So, there you have it. Not one, but TWO monkey’s paw wishes. Bizarre. Cool thread idea, Helen.April 2, 2020 at 9:17 am #879532AllornoneGuest
BGM, sorry you had to donate your stuff for free, but still, that sounds so awesome. I will definitely try to check the film out. The first non-profit I worked in (ahem, was a founding member of) was for filmmakers. Since I’m in Miami and all our governors (eff you, Rick Scott) seem to want to ignore the fact we could profit off this cultural paradise by just offering real studios SOME incentives to shoot here, most of the films I helped out on were pretty small potatoes (though I did help with an episode of Burn Noice!). Still, it is a grueling process and I commend your ability to take part in it for an extended period of time. I couldn’t do it. You deserve your break. Enjoy.April 2, 2020 at 9:31 am #879533alafairParticipant
I started a new job almost a month ago in a very conservative industry and I wished that I’d get the clout to make some much needed changes. I wanted to convince the owners that allowing people to work from home one day every other week was a perk we could offer to our people. They were convinced that remote work would decrease productivity.
Well, I got my wish and productivity has gone up for the office people. Owners have been praising how we’ve transitioned so smoothly (with a whole lot of work out of their sight.) Sigh. I’d rather the original set of problems.April 19, 2020 at 7:53 am #880812mellantheParticipant
Interesting thread – I like that in a weird way at least some good came of this for each of you, though I think we all feel pretty bummed when we want something but it comes about in entirely the wrong way. I hope you all get things that make up for the general nastiness of what’s going on.
I guess I wished that my BF and I could spend more time catching up – we’re sort of long distance, and between my shiftwork and his long commutes and early starts it can be hard for us to catch up properly during the week.
Well, now as an essential worker I’m still working shifts but some of my less essential work has been shelved, and he’s furloughed at home and we have much more time to talk, and I can join in social activities with him and his friends much more easily virtually. But I’d much rather have gone back to how we were before (and, y’know, physically seeing each other) back when he was financially stable and we sort of knew what the future held.April 22, 2020 at 7:41 am #881121HelenGuest
It was us! I gained back a few lbs and started to wish I could keep it off but stopped myself. No more wishes!April 30, 2020 at 10:40 am #885014CattyGoLightlyParticipant
I got a new manager at work about 2.5 years ago who has turned what was once a decent job into my idea of hell (she refuses to give me the free reign I need to do my actual job that involves a fair amount of creative outreach, and instead keeps me chained to my desk), and every Sunday night for about the past two years, I have turned to my boyfriend and said “I don’t want to go to work tomorrow.”
I’d also been wishing to have time to just do nothing, and stay home with my boyfriend and the cats without feeling guilty, and that I could have time to be outside during the day and see the sunshine because maybe that would help my SAD (really bad this year). And here we are! A whole pandemic wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, though I have been lucky in that no one I know has gotten it (despite my parents’ best efforts, fingers crossed), I’m still getting paid for very minimal work from home, and we live in an area of the city that isn’t very dense and am able to go outside. Atlanta isn’t a super dense city by and large, so we are lucky in that regard. I wasn’t imagining not being able to see any of my loved ones for who knows how long, but others definitely have it much, much worse.
So not really a true monkey paw wish for me because I personally haven’t suffered in a real way from the pandemic, other than some cabin fever and an ardent desire to see the face of someone other than my boyfriend and his little brother. Helen, I am going to stop wishing I could lose the ten pounds I’ve gained over the past decade. Was just wishing that last night!!April 30, 2020 at 10:44 am #885015CattyGoLightlyParticipant
**Also note, this pandemic sucks some monkey balls!! Would trade all of the good things that came out of it for me on a personal level to have everyone be well. I didn’t know if I came off as too relaxed or happy or something, but this whole thing is a mess.**April 30, 2020 at 10:54 am #885018Guy FridayParticipant
I didn’t know if I came off as too relaxed or happy or something
No, you’re good. That’s the whole point of “The Monkey’s Paw”: making a wish with severe unintended consequences. The regret about the pandemic is assumed 🙂