The 3six5

My part in the3six5, a yearlong life-streaming project. “365 days as told by 365 different people.”

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010: TIMOTHY SCHULER

I’m very sick today.

It’s the type of sickness found in people with friends in town. People diagnosed with it exhibit prolonged joy and relaxation, yet often complain of short, acute bouts of guilt. I have all the symptoms.

I texted in sick so I could spend the day resting, which is what doctors prescribe for real sick people anyway. We rested our way to Lincoln Square, to record stores and bookstores and lunch at Café Selmarie. (Before you think me irresponsible, you should know there’s an ebb and flow to my job; this week is an ebb.)

In the greater world, people are celebrating the first day of Hispanic Heritage month; a select few are celebrating the birthday of Captain Planet. He’s 20 today, a little younger than Super Mario, who celebrated the big quarter century two days ago. I’m a Captain Planet fan (as the associate editor of a sustainable design magazine, it’s kind of a requirement), but today I’m mostly celebrating the fact that, despite opposition during our Logan Boulevard Boggle game, “tater” is a word. Point for me.

Like that discovery, the day was full of surprises: Surprise #1 came at The Book Cellar. There, next to the lit journals: the newest issue of ALARM, the independent music magazine that contains what I call my First Actual Published Story.

Here I am. In my favorite bookstore. Looking at my work on the shelf. I’m no Zadie Smith and this is no White Teeth. But you can buy my writing in a store. There’s no aspiring writer who hasn’t dreamt of that moment.

Surprise #2 was a bit different. I walk back to the café restroom and run right into my boss. Luckily, it was the two-dimensional, poster version. Some thing for the public library. Most people don’t like their bosses, but I’m lucky. I work for a music connoisseur and a public- library advocate. I get to be creative. And most importantly, I’m listened to. The team of editors and designers I work with everyday is nothing short of amazing.

I think everyone should get to feel like I do: genuinely excited to go to work.

As soon as I feel better.

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About the author: Timothy Schuler grew up on a micro-nature reserve in Kansas. He is now a writer, editor, and advocate in Chicago, where he lives with his wife Allison.

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