Holly Golightly said it best in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
Holly Golightly: You know those days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds, you mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
Paul Varjak: Sure.
Holly Golightly: Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away.
I would not choose Tiffany’s when I have the mean reds. Maybe Barnes & Noble or Borders. Or Target. But I get her point.
This week I’ve been spending a lot of time at Barnes & Noble and Borders. Not sure why. Not sure I want to know why. I’ve been in a mean red funk and can’t quite shrug it off. Perhaps the fact that fall is fast approaching contributes to the haze. That and the inevitable following of winter. Maybe it’s simply the mean fall reds. Followed by the mean winter blues.
Or maybe it is simply the mean reds. No explanation, just a feeling. Soon it will go away and all will be right in the world again.
Well, if not right then at least not red.