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Palette of Departments

Watch that swatch.

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By The Paint Contractor


By The Paint Dealer,

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Work and real life can mix together…one of the biggest mistakes I ever made on the job was my second or third day as a caseworker at the welfare office, October, 1984. You’d think I gave someone too much government money, but worse than that, a bunch of us were asked to help someone move her car, which was stuck in the mud. Since I just started, I didn’t feel comfortable saying no. Upshot was, she got out but my back went out too and off and on for the ensuing 30 years, I’ve had trouble.

Things are better now, because rather than spending money on pancake diners, I got myself a personal trainer who taught me the right way to lift and move heavy objects. When it came time to hoist up some five-gallon pails of SmartRoof for our roof coating project, I used the “dead-lift” technique I’d learned and got the bucket off the ground with no problem whatsoever. When it comes to cars, I quote Nancy Reagan and just say no.

A couple more examples: because I talk to people about color all the time—and pretty much by all the time I mean all the time—I got inspired to write a play called Swatch, where a group of difficult kids are court-ordered to behave as a certain color. As they prove they can actually take responsibility for that one color’s characteristic, they’re allowed to return to society as “complete people,” and pick a personality from the whole color wheel. The problem kids are punished by being put into a white room, devoid of “true color” where they have to start over. It turned out to be an awesome piece of work, I think one of the best plays I’ve written in a very long time. Sometimes you’re just inspired, and to color experts like Kristin Summer, Emmett Fiore, Andrea Magno and Dee Schlotter to name a few, thanks for your inspiration. As we know, color is more than paint and paint is more than color. It all works together.

Carnival! Anderson Holder, the painter from Trinidad we wrote about awhile back, told me he liked Soca music. Soca stands for Soul of Calypso and it’s a major part of the island’s annual Carnival. I thought I’d check it out and I was hooked in no time. A few weeks ago on a long day here by myself I serenaded the block with dance music by stars such as Machel Montano, Kerwin DuBois, Patrice Roberts and Bunji Garlin. The music makes me happy, and thanks to that you had a magazine…on time. By the time I got home I felt like I’d spent the day in Trinidad myself.

So, real life and real work do coincide. Here’s another way that’s a bit more annoying: someone decides that every time they want to pop open a can of paint, you need to be there with free advice and free product! Sometimes it’s great to help out, but sometimes you’re not in the mood. “Can you just paint this for me real quick? Can you get me some free paint? Come on come on I know you can! Isn’t all paint the same but some people just charge more?”

People used to do that to me all the time, even long after I’d left a job. “Can I ask you a question about food stamps?” Then people would ask me to write resumes as much as 15 years after I left my next job. Thanks to Nancy…just…no, but if you’re out of work long enough you can always ask me about food stamps.

Meanwhile, I’m crankin’ up the Soca and going out to deadlift a few more fives. Splat-TPC


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