August 03, 2004

You know you're going to have a bad day when you start the projector and parts jump off

I didn't get my paper done, and I had to ask the teacher for an incomplete. I hate that. I hate having things hanging over my head like that. But there just wasn't time to work on it. That's the bad thing about now having three theaters--little to no down time anymore. It used to be that if I started one show at 7 and one at 7:15, I'd have at least an hour until it was time to go back upstairs and turn the lights on. Even longer if I sent one of the kids up to turn on the lights. Only now we also have a show starting at 8:15, which means the show prior to it got out at 7:40, which means I only have, at most, forty minutes between shows anymore, which hardly gives me enough time to do my normal paperwork and oversee the kids straightening the place up, let alone work on my homework. And I can't send one of the kids up to turn on the lights in two of the three theaters this week because the lenses have to be changed after every show* and they can't do that. Factor in the fact that I have had one day off since the 7th of July, and have been working noon to midnight every day since Ass. Man. went bye-bye, so it obviously has been impossible to get anything substantial written on my 14 page research paper.

What about blogging time? you wonder. Not the same at all--blogging does not require thinking, if you'll pardon me for saying so. When I blog there is little or no higher brain function involved (yes, I know, it shows--which is why it's a good thing that blog readers, unlike teachers, don't grade my efforts). There is no in-depth analysis of documented facts necessary to blog. And frankly, my blogging hasn't been all that substantial lately either....

So I asked the teacher for either an extension or an incomplete, otherwise there's a couple thousand dollars of hard-earned government-loan-and therefore-future-earnings down the drain. But I hate having it hanging over my head.

*movies come to us in one of two types, "scope," short for cinemascope, or "flat". Think of them as the movie theater version of wide screen and full screen. In order for a film to look right, the projector has to be equipped with the correct lens and aperture plate for the type of film we're showing. This week theater two is showing flat/scope/flat/scope pictures, and theater three is showing scope/flat/scope/flat pictures. The reason we can't show the same kind together in the same theater is that both of the scope pictures are long, and both of the flat pictures are short, and if we showed the two scope ones in the same theater, we'd only be able to fit in about one and a half showings of each one a day. So I get to change the lenses after every show. Fun fun fun...

Posted by Susie at August 3, 2004 10:35 AM

I give that post a B-

Posted by: Jim at August 3, 2004 12:35 PM

I thought I was sittin' on somethin' flat and ended up with a scope up my butt.

Posted by: Tiger at August 3, 2004 04:05 PM

Harvey: Susie, would it help if I sent over a scantily clad fireman to do an exotic dance for you?

Susie: Only if he can write a 14-page paper while he's doing it.

Posted by: Harvey at August 4, 2004 07:09 AM