You know I could really relate this story to “energy suckers”. A man who worked with yours truly and Anthony the hustler could describe Ant as an energy sucker. I know that in the title I had used the term “time sucker” and I could put into the same territory as an energy sucker. However being a time sucker is a story I want to talk about here.
This story takes place on Election Day and especially during the returns from all states. It’s relatively rare that politics becomes a topic of discussion on this blog. I stay away from it here because in spite of the retreads of stories on this blog, there is more than enough material to avoid politics. In this case however is the one time politics and this blog converges.
Strangely I don’t remember enough about election day three years ago. Did I work that day? Did I have to work the next day? Did I miss some of the returns and therefore the moment that the 2016 presidential election was effectively over?
I DO remember that on that day I did do my civic duty and voted in that election. I do remember that at some point during that afternoon I had talked to Ant on the phone as he was on his way to work (at this point he had worked for a security company as it turned out patrolling the grounds of a grocery store during a late shift). We didn’t really talk about the election, however, we did talk some business.
We talked about the theater owner whom I interviewed with over four years ago at that point. This was the first interview of the streak era which resulted in no job offer. Some things came about regarding her in the press and she suffered some reversals, however, it was in the local news for a new project to bring her back into the cinemas business. Since Anthony claims to be in her head I just had to ask him about it.
His response was to state that he saw her some time before our call. He claims that she’s been trying to connect with him for a job. He claims to be avoiding her because he already knew he didn’t want to be bothered. I don’t recall any real thoughts on her new project, however, it was out there. Let’s stop here though as this will come up later.
So we head in the evening and during most of that time I had been watching the returns somewhat intently. What I can’t say I expected was the man who’s currently our president was basically running away with this election. It was truly an odious election as neither candidate was ideal. However, I was feeling one candidate more than the other and I was more than accepting of the results even if it resulted in a controversial candidate getting elected.
A little before midnight I was dumb enough to take a call from Anthony – the major mistake. Anthony called and he was just upset about who was winning that election, at this point he’s calling while he’s on patrol at his security job. He often repeated that the president-elect was a rapist and a racist, that it’s time to move to Canada, and that there will be a race war. Meanwhile in the comfort of my own home I was more annoyed and perplexed by this conversation.
Trying to offer some balance I say the other candidate isn’t that great herself. All he could come up with is that we’d be even less screwed under her. Regardless he seemed strangely affected by this election and it’s as if he was caught off guard by election returns. Not only that he never stated his position on the election before that evening, so it’s possible that he might have been in his bubble truly believing another candidate would win.
Eventually I realized I had nothing to add to this conversation and ask to change the subject. Perhaps he sensed that I wasn’t as upset as he had been which would be an unusual moment of awareness for him. This was when I pivoted to the mgmt interview I had with the theater owner of a neighborhood cinema. He didn’t have too many answers other than her personality was such that she could never truly be counted out in spite of her reversals. Then suddenly we pivoted towards another subject.
Ant started off with “Did you see Dr. Strange?” the latest hot picture at that time and I answered in the affirmative. Then “Who did you go with?” Which only served to revive something he was interested in for reasons only he understands and it was something he started mentioning at random when we talk. Now he wants me to find someone to date and take the show with me. My answer was the wrong one since he wants to pivot onto this.
He lectures me on how I need to have some female companionship before I turn 40 or these women will “laugh at you”. They will wonder where have you been and all that. He makes another pitch to join PoF.com and made sure to note I had no excuse since “you make good money” which is another thing that’s really not his business although I had expressed my level of pay to him. My only response to this was a confused and perplexed “Okay???” which leads to his lack of awareness that I wasn’t that into talking about it.
“Give me one good reason why you can’t do it?”
I never said that I wouldn’t was my reply.
“OK I’m just going to say this. I’m part of this world and you’re just living in it. There is a difference and I’ll leave it at that.”
Which eventually leads to us trading a form of Chuck Norris jokes with me offering “Anthony the hustler was once bitten by a snake and after five days of excruciating pain the snake died”. Ant mockingly laughed at this joke and had to one-up yours truly “What did Anthony the hustler say to his dad when he left home for college? Alright dad, you’re the man of the house now!”
Finally he talked about talking only with some woman with whom he had mutual friends. Things seem to go well until something happened and he found out one of his mutual friends kind of interfered with this communication. According to him this mutual friend stated that she was single and she didn’t want anyone else to experience companionship while she was alone. So he started ranting about that.
The irony of this is that he just finished lecturing me who he knows is inexperienced with this about his own troubles with women. I could’ve just said GOOD as Ant had used the term manipulate as far as getting his needs met with women. That woman may have just dodged a bullet as Ant brings drama with him. Of course I only sympathize as this seems like an experience were often women seem to make excuses to not do something. It could be dating or anything else….
With that said he described the scene around a grocery store late night with coyotes running around in an urban jungle. While he took one last shot at the president-elect before he finally had calmed down enough to get back to work that night. So he called around midnight that evening and it was about 2 AM before we finally hang up! That really took a lot more time than I wanted to devote and I missed some of the returns as he decided to call me up at whatever moment the winning state was called.
What did we see here from that evening. Well Ant was definitely a time sucker and I allowed him to be. For him I had time to listen to his rant about the election. And he was definitely an energy sucker who decided to take this time to make me feel bad about myself with unsolicited advice. I’m not at the point in my life where he wants me to be. If only he knew what changes during the next three years would bring to our rather odd friendship.