Now That You Mention It….

September 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm (Dieting and Fitness)

This does make me sort of sick to my stomach.  Thanks for asking.

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Modern Slavery

September 24, 2008 at 9:27 am (Work)

Yesterday a commenter on this blog called me spoiled in response to my complaints about my working conditions.  This, as you can imagine, made me huffy and indignant.  How dare someone call me spoiled on my own blog?!  The commenter is clearly wrong.  I am NOT spoiled.  However, I will definitely admit that I am fortunate.

Last night I went to a lecture at Columbia where I heard James Kofi Annan talk about his childhood as a slave in the fishing industry in Ghana. Almost unbelievably more devastating was the speech given by Ricky Richard about his life as a child soldier in Uganda and the work he’s doing to rehabilitate children who have been forced to kill their families and serve as sex slaves. According to Jolene Smith, the founder of Free the Slaves, 27 million people worldwide live in slavery, at least 10,000 of whom are in the US at any given time. The vast majority of slaves are women and children.

Today, I am going to refrain from complaining about my daily struggles, and instead spend the time learning more about slavery, human trafficking, and what I can do to combat them. I invite you to do the same.

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Separated at Birth?

September 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm (Uncategorized)

Consider Kurtwood Smith:

You dumbass!

And the Brain:

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Shooting Excursion Comes Not Soon Enough

September 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm (Work)

In an effort to curtail Useless Boss’s uselessness, I left her detailed instructions on what to do should someone call to register for a class while I’m out to lunch.  I typed up a memo specifying that I need the students’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and the title of the course they want to take.  If the students have any questions, I will contact them later in the afternoon. 

When I returned from lunch, Useless handed the memo back to me.  On the bottom of it she had scrawled, “Class, tel#, address, email, give tuition to teacher,” AND ONE STUDENT’S NAME.

Oh My Jesus, Lord!

When I asked her what this was about, she said, “Oh, I told him you would get back to him.”  Apparently by shouting his name out in the wilderness.

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Heartbreaker

September 19, 2008 at 12:25 pm (Dating)

Oh dear.  I dashed a gentleman’s hopes this afternoon.  Why do I feel so bad when I do this sort of thing?  I thought I was made of sterner stuff.

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You Talk Funny

September 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm (Uncategorized)

Which American accent do you have?NortheasternThis could either mean an r-less NYC or Providence accent or one from Jersey which doesn’t sound the same. Just because you got this result doesn’t mean you don’t pronounce R’s.(People in Jersey don`t call their state “Joisey” in real life)Personality Test Results
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Yeah, I totally stole this from Zanti, who also talks funny.

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Awk-ward!

September 18, 2008 at 12:11 am (Dating)

Words actually uttered by my date last night within five minutes of having met me: “Oh, you have a little mustache.  That’s so cute!  I love little mustaches.”

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You Got Guns, I Got Guns

September 17, 2008 at 9:57 am (Entertainment)

TenFeet and I gonna be shootin’ up North Jersey in 3 weeks.  Folks better duck!

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Banging My Head Against the Desk

September 16, 2008 at 1:40 pm (Work)

Useless Boss has been on the phone all morning, taking calls for people who want to sign up for our classes.  I can hear her through the door, talking up the classes, and telling folks, “Oh, yes, you can mail in your tuition.  I’ve taken down your information and Quiconque will email you with the details of the course.”

Later she comes out of her office with two pieces of paper on which are written two names and two phone numbers.  No addresses.  No email addresses.  No indication which courses the people want to take.   Somehow, from all this “information” she has taken down, I am to register the students in the class and email them a confirmation.

Why bother answering the phone if you are less useful than voicemail?

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Sad Sack

September 16, 2008 at 9:53 am (Dating)

How does one reply when a potential suitor makes the following statements in a phone conversation?

  • I don’t take rejection well.  I guess I have to thicken my skin.
  • I opened up my heart in the past and I got very hurt.
  • I am not the kind of person who believes in predictions, but there was a psychic named Nostradamus, have you heard of Nostradamus?, who said the world will end in 2012.
  • Every night I pray to god to send me a woman.
  • Do you think, perhaps, some time in the future, you might want to go out on a date with me?

I did respond to the last one with, “No, I don’t think so.”  But now he’s decided that means “Try harder.”

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