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That Unrelated Conversation With My Dad

The scene:
A kosher vegan Chinese restaurant. I'm enjoying my birthday dinner when my cell phone rings. It's my Dad. We briefly have our usual conversation (Dad: Is everything OK? Me: Yes. Dad: What took you song long to answer the phone? Me: ??? Dad: Is everything OK? Etc., etc., etc.). Then he starts talking about Pittsburgh:

Dad: I want you to come to Pittsburgh.
Me: OK.
Dad: ... permanently.
Me: Uh ...
Dad: I don't know why you won't move back to Pittsburgh.
Me: Because I want to be successful.
Dad: You can be successful in Pittsburgh. And it's easier, because there are less people here.
Me: That's not ... you just ... ::headtable::

From that point on I was dumbstruck by my inability to articulate that he had essentially made my point for me. I want to be a fabulous writer. I am by far the most fabulous writer in this room (given that the choices are between me and my cat, Muchi). I'm the best writer in this apartment -- maybe even in this whole apartment building. Does that mean I'm successful?


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Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Lately I've been dreading phone calls with my parents for different reasons. My mum usually starts the conversation with "I don't want you to bite my head off BUT I have some ideas..." I usually want to hang up as soon as she says that. I love my parents but lately, well...its been the "Sylvia Show".

You'd be more successful because there's less people? Really? Doesn't he know, its NOT less people...just getting through to the RIGHT people, perhaps? Awww...parents.
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Well, and a lot of my issue is not even the size of the population but rather the nature of the opportunities there. I'm doing sketch comedy writing now. There is no sketch comedy writing happening in Pittsburgh. Yes, I suppose I could be the intrepid explorer who brings sketch comedy to The Burgh, but I think I'd rather work with and learn from the established community here in New York.

Edited at 2011-11-23 03:41 am (UTC)
Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Is that kosher Chinese restaurant somewhere near Central Park? I recall going to one about seventeen years ago with my ex and her sister.

Does your father live in Pittsburgh?
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
I'm sure there is a kosher Chinese restaurant near Central Park, but this one was Wild Ginger in Chinatown/Little Italy/NoLIta. They also have a location in Brooklyn. There's also a Wild Ginger on E. 51st Street, but it looks like they serve meat, so I doubt it's part of the same franchise.

Edited at 2011-11-23 03:36 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I think I would have remembered a place called "Wild Ginger." Sounds like a good name for a stripper.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Just re-read your father's words. Yes, he lives here. Never mind!
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