by Howard Jordan Jr.
New York has been kicking my behind lately. The weather has been oppressive, my therapist is on vacation, freelance work has been slow this summer and I’ve come to accept I won’t be representing the United States in a single event during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
So, a few days ago, while I was sitting on my couch, flipping between five channels of NBC’s Olympic coverage, it’s not surprising that I was daydreaming about my upcoming vacation. Especially since it’s the only vacation I have scheduled this calendar year.
In that moment, when I should have been enjoying some much-needed, air-conditioned me-time, I was instead reviewing my contact list of potential employers, and digging through multiple drafts of the sitcom I’m attempting to develop. Needless to say, I was in desperate need of some serious mental relief and mood lightening. And nothing offers that like music. And, of all the songs I’ve ever heard in my 36 years on this earth, one emerged. So I sang the following lyrics to myself:
Making your way in the world today/ takes every thing you’ve got./ Taking a break from all your worries/ sure would help a lot./ Wouldn’t you like to get away?/ Sometimes you want to go/ where everybody knows your name/ and they’re always glad you came./
I’ll stop there, for two reasons: First, I have a word count. Secondly, and more importantly, if you were anywhere near a television during the ’80s, you already know the rest. And, you’re likely humming it right now, if not singing aloud.
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