I just started a new job in a hotel kitchen. It's fine, I guess, but part of what comes with being the "new guy" (despite possessing nearly 10 years of working in kitchens to supplement my gigging/teaching income--a fact, it seems, of which the management is completely unaware although they had a copy of my resume *ugh*) is that I am prescribed the most menial and brainless tasks one can possibly imagine.
About a week ago, I found myself bored as hell, plucking 10 quarts of basil and parsley leaves (approximately 3 hours of "work"), and in my mind I began to hear bebop. This was weird to me; I hadn't had such musical ideations in quite some time. For a few days, the menial tasks persisted and the bebop grew louder and louder and more present in my mind's ear. I decided it was time to play the saxophone again.
I have a good friend in the city who was willing to let me borrow her horn, and since I have been busking in the subway on a regular basis. I have decided that, for the most part, my repertoire shall be dictated by passers-by. I currently have two songs in my solo saxophone repertoire: "Zombie" by the Cranberries and "Careless Whisper" by George Michael. "My Heart Will Go On" is currently in the bullpen. This pays so I'm going to keep doing it. My face is mostly numb most of the time and I can't play for but an hour or so without being entirely fatigued, but I'm sticking with it, and in time I imagine it will be incorporated into The Pizza Bats' music and may serve as some component of other people's projects as well.
So how does this relate to this oddly titled book, OPM: Other People's Money? In OPM: Other People's Money, Lechter talks about other people's money, but also talks about something called OPR, and it's changing the way I look at possibility. OPR stands for Other People's Resources:
"With OPR, you build your business by using resources paid for by other people--indirectly using the OPM that went to develop or acquire the resource."
The flipside of this is that other people's money is essentially a tool, and that if an individual trusts you to give it back having put it to good use and looking better than it was when it was lent to you, then you can borrow capital for whatever your idea is. Like, hey I need to dig a hole can I borrow your shovel? Sure. Just clean it before you give it back to me. K. Done.
Saxophone is here. Catch me at the Morgan L stop.
K love you bye,