This comic from Arnie Levin came across our Facebook feed today and it made me think of a piece that my old boss wrote for VIII Nothing. Fielden Nelson started Fattened Paradise earlier this year and he’s had a few other creative, non-fiction works published recently. Things That Make an Unemployed Forty-Year-Old’s Dog Think It Might Go for a Walk is one of my favorites because it reminds me of Osito. “When the day’s sun just finally goes away” strikes a chord with me because of the desperation in Little Guy’s eyes when he insists that I follow him to see the last beams of daylight pan across the living room. It’s quite a scene. It warmed my heart that he shares similar moments with Reggie.
Excerpt from Fielden Nelson’s essay:
When he moves from his writing/work desk. Which is a mattress on the floor. Or a sleeping bag on the floor. Or a bathroom mat next to a toilet. Or—if he’s (still) married: a mattress not on the floor.
When the penny jar gets past the two-fifty mark.
When he loses ten pounds. Does eleven pushups, attempts a yoga position other than the corpse pose, sprints to the next crack in the sidewalk. Takes his shirt off to swim. Hums the theme to Magnum, P.I. and promises to get his mind right.
When he defers his student loans for the day.