Something for Nothing

It’s been a trying week all around, with everyone seeming to want something for nothing. It kicked off with a dear friend and fellow artist dealing with folks trying to shortchange her because, well, she’s an artist, and making art isn’t work. Really now? We must be doing something wrong. This was promptly followed by a number of folks at my day job trying to a)scam the company with fraudulent discount cards, b)get discounts they didn’t qualify for, c)pass off phony bills, and in some cases d)all of the above…then wanting us to just let it slide when they got caught. Sorry, but no.

And then adding to the frustration, the settling of J’s estate. We bore the expense of having his collections professionally appraised because some of them are quite valuable (and with luck, enough to pay off those of his debts that weren’t discharged in death). One collection in particular is in the neighborhood of $10,000…and some brat still in diapers had the unmitigated gall to suggest that I should be grateful for his offer of $1,000 because his daddy said so. Excuse me…? If you’re old enough to even be thinking about spending that much money, you don’t need daddy to hold your hand and negotiate for you.

I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’m really not. I’ve been seeing this ever since I was a kid, when the folks coming to our neighborhood yard sales would say $0.25 was too much to pay for a dress that would’ve cost $20.00 new. If I’m going to give something away, it’s darn well going to a charity (and hopefully to someone who needs it)…


Break my back on a 12-hour roll, just to make the rent

Screaming children, swearing clients hardly seem to make a dent


A dollar’s too much; can’t I have it for $0.25?

Or better yet, for free…?


Just because I’m an artist doesn’t mean I’m not worth it

A job’s a job, and I’m not that different from you


Why can’t I have yesterday’s discount today?

It’s not my fault I couldn’t get here on time


Rules are rules for a reason, even if they seem unfair

Giving you an extra $0.50 isn’t worth losing my job, thanks so much


You must only be here because you’re stupid.


No, actually.

Even having two degrees isn’t worth much when the economy tanks


But I’m special


So are we all

But your greed doesn’t make you stand out, just blend in


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