Thursday, September 17, 2009

two dozen eggs, some just-ripe squash, and a bite mark on the inside of my thigh


Is this a career blog or a harlequin romance? I like Penelope Trunk and her Brazeen Careerist blog but I am once again struck by how she mixes her dramatic life, too personal stories and advice about careers. The latest post "How to deal with an insane commute" is about how she drives far from Madison to some farm a few nights a week to roll around in the hay with her boyfriend. It is not about a long commute but her asking her fans for advice on what she should do given that her relationship with the farmer is getting serious and he lives like 1.5 hrs from Madison where she works and where her kids live and go to school. This sounds like the premise of Green Acres.

I like how she throws in the fact that she makes 25 times what he does. I don't really see how that is possible. I have no idea what a farmer makes but say he makes $20,000, she would have to make $500,000 a year. I think she is trying to show off to her fans and to remind them she is a successful business owner but also make the point in her debate with the farmer that she makes more and that she could bring in enough cash for the both of them.

If she really makes anywhere near that amount, I think the relationship advice is obvious. If they really love each other and want to be together, he should sell the farm and they should live together in or near Madison. If he still wants to farm, there are farms very close to Madison and they could live on one of those. If her kids live in Madison and share time with Dad, she could not live full time in the country unless she only took them on weekends. I know that a farmers farm is not just like any old field and a house but sometimes for love you have to make sacrifices.

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