AtlantaSo, there are times I really love my "job that pays the bills." Sometimes I hate it, and often, it's a combination of the two.
My dream is acting, and I'm very fortunate to pursue it. However, being an actress in a secondary market doesn't quite cover the monthly bills, so I supplement that income with freelance marketing / communications and corporate event management.
While managing a conference in Atlanta, we ran out of some supplies in our onsite business office. Seeing as I needed a few things myself, I volunteered to go. The hotel we were staying in was connected to the Peachtree Center, so I was able to walk to the CVS Pharmacy without having to go outside. This was a bonus because it had been raining off and on all day.
Unfortunately, while the pharmacy had the items I needed, it was out of stock in what we needed for our office. The manager pointed out a Kinkos about six blocks away. It wasn't raining at the time, and my colleague really needed the items that night; couldn't wait until morning, so I decided to brave the Atlanta evening, inclement weather and walk to the Kinkos. About 1/3 of the way into my walk, a light rain began to fall. Now I love to go for walks in the rain. However, a business suit and heels is not typically my chosen attire.
As I continued to walk, the rain progressively worsened to a torrential downpour, and I didn't have an umbrella. My hair, suit and blouse were soaked, although I did hold the plastic bag with my pharmacy items over my head to keep the water out of my eyes. Fortunately, my hair was in a twist, so it didn't hang around my face like the little match girl.
I made it to the Kinkos looking a bit like a drowned kitten all the same. Fortunately, the store had umbrellas, so I purchased one along with the supplies. The walk back wasn't so bad and was even a bit enjoyable since I love how everything shines in the rain and the smell of rain in the air - clean, fresh, renewing.
I stopped at an Irish pub to get some dinner. Removing my suit jacket, I gave the man sitting at the table across from me and my waiter an interesting show as my blouse was wet, and I was cold. What's life without a little adventure, right?
It wasn't a planned walk in the rain, but it was nice all the same.