3 for Paolo!
1. Paolo is very insecure about his upbringing and lack of education, and takes great pains to present himself as a classier, more cultured person than he is. Or rather, presents himself as an idealized version of a ‘cultured’, ‘classy’ person. So he tends to overdress and does his best not to cuss—even uses some five-dollar words now and then. He’s completely committed to maintaining this persona, even though it fits him like a suit jacket three sizes too big. He’ll only drop it in the presence of people he’s known a long time, or those with similar backgrounds who are better able to recognize the ruse for what it is.
2. He is absolutely desperate to belong, and has adopted Charlie and Emile as his surrogate family for lack of a ‘real’ one. He spent a lot of time bumming around like a nattily-dressed vagrant prior to the events of FFD, and does not like the idea of being alone again. He’s basically a big, stray puppy.
3. He’s a very talented artist but has approximately zero chance of making it big with the hand he’s been dealt. He has considerable talent and works his ass off but has to sign another person’s name to his work for it to be taken seriously. He’s a very positive person for the most part, but occasionally this realization hits him during a quiet moment and the bitterness of his reaction takes him aback.
Trying to contact potential grad advisors has been really nerve wracking. All of my emails are starting to sound like some variation on the following:
hey I think you’re pretty cool and I am a big fan of your work. plz, plz check out this neat CV I put together and maybe think about emailing me back. did i mention i think you’re really cool?? the coolest, actually. love those ethnobotanical papers. greaaaat stuff.
did i mention that i am willing to work at strange hours, all hours, all the time?? also, here is some shady research i made all by myself *holds up a shitty map drawn in crayon* did i mention i really like plants—like, a socially unacceptable amount?? i am going to get evicted from my apartment because i have so many fuckin’ plants and also my electricity bill is crazy because of all these lights and fans
hahahaha whaaaaat? rogue, cross-genera breeding experiments?? what do you take me for, a mad scientist?
i can be a mad scientist if that’s what your department is looking for, though. are you guys looking for a mad scientist? look no further, friend.
(Oh lord, I am never getting accepted at this rate. Lord.)
With family for the weekend, camping on my work laptop like a nerd waiting for an assignment that will more than likely never come.
Cannot collect overtime or comp. But can’t sleep either.
These shitheads cheat disgracefully at cards. Both Ivan and Paolo are equally awful and complain theatrically when they catch the other sneaking a peek at their hand. They gamble a bit but usually break even, so it’s all in good fun. All that chump change goes towards booze anyway…
If Charlie ever caught these two cheating so obviously she’d smack the hell out of them. If you’re going to be sneaky, do it right!
World building Wednesday on the art blog…
Sick, but not contagious enough and way too busy to justify staying home.
The eternal dilemma.