Holy Smokes…I Must Have Been Deep in the Brunello Last Night!

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens. Order of the Tulip.

Minneapolis and St. Paul business people:  I have some left over advertising promotions.  They are left in my budget at year-end and are use it or lose it and I’m about to lose it.  Contact me.  Ok, now on to today’s post.

My first post of the new year was kind of a rambling mess.  I will take that as a good sign. 

We are nearly 12 hours into 2011 here in Minneapolis and I have yet to wreck a car or ruin a sale.  So far so good.  If I can hold on I might make something of myself yet.

I remain somewhat scarred, however, from watching The Da Vinci Code.  (Yes, U No Hu, I cannot let it go.)  I find myself coming up with ideas — better ideas — for suspenseful stories and I ask myself:  What am I doing in sales anyway?  I hinted at this idea to U No Hu already.  Tell me what you think.

The story is called Rubens‘ Rebellion and it is set in modern Antwerp.  A horticulturist from the United States is giving a thought provoking lecture on the hidden meaning of tulip colors while at the same time some poor gardener is being killed with a pesticide sprayer by a zealot flagellant who whips himself with dead wedding bouquets.  With me?  As the gardener is dying, his last effort in this world is tracing an uncanny likeness of Venus in the Mirror in the pesticide dust surrounding him on the floor.  An overly suspicious Dutch detective smells a rat and randomly suspects our hapless horticulturist — who is no where near the scene of the crime because he is giving a lecture — of committing the crime and an international chase ensues as we unravel the Venus and the color of tulips intertext.  And it just gets fun and crazy after that.  What do you think?  I think Ron Howard would like it. 

I am wasting my talents in sales. 


One thought on “Holy Smokes…I Must Have Been Deep in the Brunello Last Night!

  1. Yu No Hu

    see? that’s your problem. you get in your own way. the reason you’re in sales is because it gives you something CONCRETE to write about. Something that people want to read and sounds real. These ideas are just recherche and don’t lead to anything, unless you could incorporate them as the mad ramblings of a down on his heels salesman, which you’re not, but the life of the salesman is the heartbeat of american life.


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