Elon Musk is Not in Love

It was the end of autumn, a day when the trees let go of their past, the wind blowing leaves up and down condo unit and beneath parked cars, reminding me that I was alone, but not lonely thanks to friends like AB who always made sure I had a place to go on the holidays and took me out to her favorite Cuban restaurant for my birthday. During the day I worked from home editing reports that allowed me to pull in extra money. Don’t ask my age. I’ve lied on my profile, but in my own defense, so does everyone. Maybe it’s more a cosmetic altering of truth, a minor plastic surgery with a little tuck here, and a little tuck there…The deciding moment comes as the virtual mask falls on the table: the cane, missing teeth, hunched arthritic back, etc. Mine are only marketing fibs. You see, the function of a profile, not unlike its close cousin, the resume, is to get called back. Let’s face it. Don’t we all pad our resumes? But here’s the rub: For with all that padding and tucking we move away from an authentic to an augmented self. After awhile, profiles merge into the same kind, generous, and sincere keywords. A standard algorithm that wants to break out of a mold. Even Tesla founder Elon Musk, is challenged by the love game. He is quoted by Rolling Stone (November 30, 2017) as saying, “I’m looking for a serious companion or soulmate, that kind of thing.” But after several marriages and breakups he’s not been able to engineer a successful relationship. Maybe if I were Elon’s counselor, I’d say, “Elon, baby, leave the engineering at the door, try an approach that allows your personality to be more expansive.” Maybe I should take my own advice. He also said, “If I’m not in love, if I’m not with a long-term companion. I cannot be happy.” Tossed around by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, most of us are able to see the approaching end game. Personally speaking, it would be nice to play that out with a partner. Toward that goal, I’m trying to understand how I got here, my kaleidoscope.

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About Lenore Weiss

Lenore’s collections include “Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail” (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and “Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island” (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author’s permission.

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