Ever have one of THOSE days?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
What to write, what to write… Nothing comes to mind. Possibly because I have a headache.

Didn’t watch the Oscars on Sunday but apparently I’m not the only one. It was the lowest rated Oscar telecast in … um … forever? No blame can be put on Jon Stewart for that. And I don’t think it has anything to do with the movies up for awards. In my opinion, the general public is interested in seeing how gorgeous the stars look on the red carpet but frankly could care less that Hollywood wants to slap itself on the back and give each other awards. Why should they get a golden statue for getting paid to do a couple of months worth of work. Plus they get a ton of free (expensive) stuff when they’re the ones who can most afford those items. Ah! Honestly, the big glamourous awards night has outlived it’s … what’s the word … usefulness? No, but you know what I’m getting at. Perhaps it’s time to simplify or do away with it altogether.

The Shock Doctrine. It’s wearing me out. An important book, well researched and well written, but it’s just so … dark (you’ll notice today is a day of …’s). I honestly don’t know if I can finish it. At least right now. If I owned it, I wouldn’t feel so bad because, like Don Quixote or Crime and Punishment, I could pick it up a few months from now when I get the urge again. But no. I borrowed it from the library so it’s got to go back in about a week. Still working my way through the whole South American debacle in the 1970s caused by Milton Friedman and his “Chicago Boys”. Good lord. They screwed up an entire continent and the rest of the industrialized world just sat back and said “let’s see what happens”. Or worse, government agencies, like the CIA, assisted or took the lead in the most heinous and despicable of crimes that occurred during those times including mass killings, torture, and kidnappings. See what I mean about dark? We’ll see how I much I can read in the next few days…

What part of “Move to the Back of the Bus” is it that the sheep on public transit don’t understand? Good god people, stop blocking the back door and move up onto the raised back section of the bus!!! Chances are there’s at least one seat someone can squish their ignorant ass into and plenty of standing room. That way, more the bus driver’s not going to get more and more upset at all of you and people can get onto the bus without being completely crowded in like cattle at a slaughterhouse. Arrrrggghhh.

I don’t understand people. I really don’t. Case in point: today I was asked by a coworker to help out by doing some correspondence for her as she was extremely swamped. No problemo. I did it, returned it and went back to my regular stuff. After lunch, the rest of the admin staff and I get an email telling us about all the stuff we should watch out for on these particular letters and how the person sending the note went ahead and redid the letters that needed correcting so they could be sent out. Now in fairness, the email was very polite and professional and I’m pretty sure the letters were my fault. But WTF? If you are so busy, why on earth would you go through the hassle of redoing them all instead of just sending them back to be redone correctly? But nooooooo! Let’s send out an email pointing out all your errors and then say that you’re going to redo them because someone was an idiot and couldn’t do them correctly… God sometimes people are so frustrating!

Sitting here watching the federal budget speech courtesy of CPAC online. Can’t say I’m impressed so far… meh.


Heather said...

Allow me to throw in a 'good heavens' and an 'argh.'

Red said...

We watched "highlights" of the Oscars the following night, and what a snooze even that was! Thank goodness we had actually taped the programme, so we could fast-forward through those terrible nominated songs and through the put-together-in-a-couple-of-hours-by-overpaid-writers-formerly-on-strike links. Those were the worst.

To think that we used to stay awake through the night to watch the Oscar ceremony once. Have the Oscars changed or have I? A bit of both, I daresay...

Gardenia said...

Didn't watch the Oscars...too much blah blah blah. My daughter went out there to an after Oscar party once and had her picture taken with a star - she loved it - but said the women were all unbelievably anorexic.

Last paragraph of blog - sounds like that person was just trying to get out of doing some work, and the of all the ungrateful asses, criticizes you for helping her....him? Well, you'll know next time!

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