June 01, 2003

Old Stuff

This is my old stuff that I copied and pasted from blogger, and am too lazy to go back and insert the links and italics and stuff, so if you want to read it in situ got to the original Practical Penumbra and good luck with the archives......

[6/12/2003 7:42:20 AM | Susie K]
I am in love with a younger man (again)!!!!!! John, at Collinization is both brilliant and funny. Look out, Frank J!

[6/12/2003 7:28:05 AM | Susie K]
Having enjoyed Romulus's Web showcase entry, I strolled through a few others and really enjoyed several of them. This one made me LOL. Therefore Judicious Asininity will be on my links shortly.

[6/12/2003 7:07:06 AM | Susie K]
One of the little things that can make life seem too unfair sometimes is having to make coffee before you've had coffee.

Another is waking up early on your day off, just because your body is used to getting up early.

A third is a chilly drizzle too early on your day off before the coffee is brewed.

I could go on, but I think the coffee is done.....

[6/11/2003 10:45:28 AM | Susie K]
Here is my vote for this week's new blog contest: Judicious Assininity because it's right on the money....NY is talking about a Fat tax now.

[6/11/2003 10:26:21 AM | Susie K]
LOL!!!! New Rumsfeld press conference at IMAO!!

NOT the funniest line (so as not to spoil it for you): "Rarr!" Rumsfeld yelled, picking up the reporter and throwing him out the window. "Next question."

[6/11/2003 10:06:26 AM | Susie K]
Thanks to Pixy, I am playing with Moveable Type instead of blogging. It's fun! But I still am trying to get it to look right, and thus cannot actually blog because I'm playing. So, Loyal Readers, please excuse the mess....

Anyway, I did the payroll last night and I had 76.25 hours this work week. Happy Happy, Joy Joy.... The good news is: tomorrow I get the day off!!!!! Hurray!!!! The bad news is: I have to use it to write the 15 page paper I have due by Sunday midnight, since my Assistant won't be back until Monday, and thus Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also going to be 12 hour days.

Today will be exciting--I have both the clueless new employee and the klutzy new employee (the one who killed the register) working tonight. I'm yawning and still in my jammies and the two cups of coffee I've had seem to be having little effect on my alertness.

Time to tiptoe through the tulips.... I mean, cruise the blogosphere...

[6/10/2003 10:43:40 AM | Susie K]
The winner this week at Truth Laid Bear is Mac-a-ro-nies. I went to check it out to see what won, and stumbled into a rant about how the VRWC is trying to unfairly influence the voting in the New Blog Showcase.... Hmmm...what is that June 6th entry, recommending left-leaning entries, Mac? Bloggers are only allowed to recommend blogs by standards that you approve?
I agree that his entry was NOT Tiger's best....even he only rated it a 3.5 himself. But just because someone else linked to it rather than to a blog you deemed more worthy, it's all suddenly about ideology now? Pleeeeaaaase........
You won already, enough!

[6/10/2003 10:16:33 AM | Susie K]
This is a site that a found a little while back (via Tiger? Victor? maybe Jaboobie?) and I bookmarked it. Pixy's post today reminded me today that I forgot to link to it!

I like it, and not just because I like the way it looks......

[6/10/2003 8:10:44 AM | Susie K]
Frank answered another one of my questions! Cool!

The inventory turned out pretty well: there was only a $8.75 difference between what we took in and what we were supposed to have. Considering the week I've had, I'll take it.

I turned in one of my papers. It's not up to my usual standards, but, then again, very little about this week has been....sometimes you just gotta do the best you can do under the circumstances. Kinda like using blogger! ;)

Are the comments down again? I noticed that none of my loyal readers left any.....My horrible week hasn't been contagious, has it?

Now for the good news...the exceedingly thoughtful Pixy Misa of Ambient Irony has arranged for me to play around with Moveable Type. It's currently happening in a secret undisclosed location, known only to the two of us...... I'll keep you posted on my progress in attempting to learn its arcane secrets (if there is any progress, that is!)

[6/9/2003 9:37:22 AM | Susie K]
I should be doing my homework, but.....last night's day from hell wasn't quite as hellish, thank goodness. We were actually busier than Saturday, but despite being down a register, not carrying nachos, and the (unsuccessful) attempt by two of my veteran employees to kill the newest one (and he's not even the one who spilled the pop!) who seems pretty clueless (and taught me not to hire boys just because they are cute), the day went fairly well. I finished typing my first paper last night after I got home, but have been afraid to proof-read it so far.

Today is inventory day, just like every Monday morning, so an early arrival at the theater is mandated to get all the bags and cups and candy counted before we open. If you ever wonder why, when you go to the movies and ask them for a cup or bag or something, they give you this ridiculous little styro foam thing instead of the cool ones they sell stuff in, it's because they count the bags and the cups to keep track of sales. You can't actually count the popcorn and soda itself. We keep track of how many gallons of pop syrup we use and how many 50 lb bags of corn we go through in a week, but that doesn't tell you what was actually sold. So every week we have to count what's on hand, subtract what we had last week, add any new stock we received, calculate the difference and multipy by the price. Then we compare it to the week's concession revenues and try and figure out which clerk is giving free popcorn to friends or sneaking a bag of skittles when no one is looking. It's way fun. Luckily I have all day to do the math once the stock is counted, because I usually have to use my fingers and toes for the more complex calculations.

The GM has promised me a computer. I think he's just toying with me.

[6/9/2003 8:58:52 AM | Susie K]
So, since I am up so incredibly early AND blogger is working, I wandered around trying to stumble across the stuff I found yesterday that I wanted to post and comment on and muse about...I found some cool things, but nothing strikes a bell.

So here is the new cool stuff: Jaboobie makes an excellent analogy regarding intelligence-gathering.

Jay Solo's comments are gone....I think maybe he packed them already for his move...

And Frank has a new In My World!
Go read it now!

[6/9/2003 8:09:48 AM | Susie K]
Okay, I'm missing some archives. So I went to blogger help and it's down. So I tried to remember what I did last time this happened and tried it, but either I didn't remember correctly or it's not working.

They need to finish this upgrade soon or they won't have anyone left to worry about.

Meanwhile, reminder to self: you get what you pay for....you get what you pay for....

[6/9/2003 7:58:26 AM | Susie K]
It's that brain/body thing again. See June 2.

[6/9/2003 7:55:34 AM | Susie K]
FRANK IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!

[6/9/2003 1:25:20 AM | Susie K]
Well, now I know why I was up so late blogging last night--because I must have intuitively been aware that blogger was going to be down again this morning before I went to work. So I had to wander the ecosystem, flitting from blog to blog, leaving comments where I could, in a pitiful attempt to satisfy my compulsion to blog. I even tried starting a new blog at a place called blogeasy, but it sucked. (Sorry for those offended by my language, but it did. blogger may not be very reliable, but it is way easy and cool-looking compared to that place. Remember, I am the woman who can't figure out Word without a written manual).)

So here it is, 1am again, and as tired as I am, I am afraid if I wait til tomorrow's coffee-time to blog that I will be once again locked out of my own little corner of cyberspace.

So...some of the links I have been wanting to post but unable to:

Hi I'm Black
Ravenwood's Universe

So thanks to whoever's blog it was where I found the link to any of the above. If blogger had been working when I found them I would have given you the credit, but ......

Oh! Pixy has a new home: Ambient Irony! (same name, new address, cool look, and even the kitties!) You can still get there from my link on the side thingee, just click on the picture of Mystery Science Theater 2000 (?) when you get to blogspot.

[6/8/2003 1:08:57 AM | Susie K]
I don't know why I am blogging when I should be sleeping---has anyone told the Surgeon General about this blogging phenomenon?
It could be a health hazard or something.....

Anyway, second day of hell down, 8 to go. As they seem to be getting more hellish, I am not sure I'm going to survive. Tonight, for example, a trainee spilled pop on one of our (two) cash registers and killed it. Dead. Well, first it rang up a lot of merchandise when no one had pushed any buttons, and then it began this banshee-like "error" tone that rivaled the tornado alert sirens, and nothing would make it stop--I even turned it "off" and it kept wailing. So finally we unplugged it. And turned it on its side to let the pop drain out of it. And later when we plugged it back it in, it didn't screech---because all the programming was gone. So one cash register was brain dead on a Saturday night just before the highly popular 7pm shows---things just couldn't be any worse could they?

Yeah, right. Ever tried to manage a movie theater on a Saturday night with only one concession register open and one of your employees stuck on the roof?

Didn't think so.

See, there was this little girl who threw her shoe up on the roof of the theater. Or somebody else threw the shoe--I never did get that part straight. All I know is I had just come down stairs from threading the 7 and 7:15 movies with what I hoped was a workable plan to have the more experienced concession person and the back up person alternate ringing up customers on the one working register while the trainee got the popcorn and sodas (and was to keep them FAR from the working register), when the cashier breezed past me saying that she and Matt (the more experienced concession person) were going to get a little girl's shoe off the roof and would be right back. Since the projection booth has a trap door to the roof, that seemed to make sense to me at the time, so I went to cover the ticket booth for a minute. Five minutes. Ten minutes. I was selling tickets like crazy. The concession line was backed out the door and starting to be indistinguishable from the ticket line. Where was my cashier?

Then I heard her voice. She was talking to the trainee, trying to explain to him where we keep the ladder. I called her over.

Apparently our roof has two levels, and the little girl's shoe was on the lower one. Matt jumped down to it, tossed the little girl her shoe, and then couldn't get back up the seven foot wall to the level where the trap door is. So the cashier wanted the trainee to take our ladder upstairs, up a ladder to the trap door, through to the roof, and lower the ladder to the lower roof so Matt could climb up....while we had customers lined up to the street. Nope. No way, Jose.

I sent the cashier back to the concession stand to help the back-up person and the trainee wait on the customers as quickly as possible while I kept selling tickets. I couldn't even spare anyone to tell Matt what was going on. The poor guy spent 45 minutes stuck on the roof of the theater! When the crowd finally started thinning, the cashier and the trainee went to get the ladder, and a customer came up to the concessions and said "Did you know there's a guy on your roof?"

I can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store for me....

[6/7/2003 10:47:04 AM | Susie K]
Ok, blogger is back up, just in time (since I have to go to work in a few minutes). I had to use the comments to post a little earlier, LOL. So check out the comments to yesterday's post.

One day of hell down, 9 to go. The first of my two papers is written and about half typed. I use Word, and since I have spent my entire life learning from books, I have trouble working things that don't come with an instruction manual. I KNOW there are ways to get it to do what I want, but I have to use trial and error and then I end up un-doing something I didn't want un-done. That little paper clip guy is NOT helpful. I HATE icons. I want English words, in sentences, with the occasional illustration or picture. I want to be able to flip back and forth through pages, finding what I need. Aaaaauuuuugghhhhh!!!!!!!!!

I do love the spell check though.

This diatribe has been brought to you by a sleep-deprived grad student working 12 hour days. Now go look at this. (thanks to the Emperor for the link).

[6/6/2003 9:30:42 AM | Susie K]
Oh--one last post before I head over to my class before I get ready to go to work---
Kevin at Wizbang pointed me to Dean's offer to move blogspotters to a "real" blog site.

Loyal Reader(s), should I do this? Please comment or email me.

[6/6/2003 9:02:27 AM | Susie K]
Just a little "heads up" to my loyal reader--please forgive me if my blogging becomes (more) erratic over the next ten days while my Assistant Manager is gone; between the twelve hours days, the two papers due during this time, and (as I have just realized but should have figured) the fact that next week is my turn to lead the discussions in one of my classes, I may opt to sleep rather than blog in my copious spare time.

[6/5/2003 9:20:44 AM | Susie K]
Holy Moly!!!!! Frank linked to me!!!! Give me a few minutes for the palpitations to subside......


Yes, I am up surprisingly early again . This is because the Health Inspector mandated repairs to our concession stand counter tops and the cabinetmaker needed access to the theater at 7am!!!!! I am not a person who functions well on five hours sleep....I'm just not. But there was really no point in going back to bed when I got home, since I have to be back there at 11:30 anyway. Plus, tomorrow starts my 10 day stretch of noon-to-midnight at work because my Assistant Manager is going on vacation. Actually, the GM is supposed to come over from Ohio next Thursday to give me one day off, but by then I expect I will be a babbling idiot who must be carted off in a strait jacket for "treatment".

Because I was in a masochistic mood, I figured out that for the next pay period (which runs Wednesday through Tuesday--while the business week runs Friday through Thursday and the rest of the world operates on Monday through Sunday) I will have put in 78 hours. Being salaried, I still get paid for 40.

I hope my Assistant has a lousy vacation.

As long as I am whining about how terrible my life is, let me add that, of course, BOTH of my classes have papers due during the time that my Assissant will be gone.

[6/4/2003 9:34:59 AM | Susie K]
Today happens to be the birthday of our beloved Frank J. The King of Blog Humor is 24 years old today! It is truly a day to give thanks for the creator of the Fox News Reporter, Buck the Marine and the Unnamed Mexican. Consider how much the poorer the Blogosphere would be without Frank's wit, satire, and generally bizarre sense of humor:
Without Frank's unceasing vigilance, ninjas and monkeys would have taken over the world as we know it.
Without Frank, the Moon would continue its parasitic existance without fear of being sacrificed for World Peace.
Without Frank, the threat to humankind from the evil Optimus Prime would still lurk unrecognized.....
For all these reasons and more, please send a Thank You card to Frank's parents, and buy his mother a gift.

[6/4/2003 9:07:12 AM | Susie K]
Number one priority---go read the exciting conclusion to Black Insano Project!

[6/3/2003 1:33:17 PM | Susie K]
OMG!! LOL!!! go here ASAP. (Thanks to Kirk over at the Emperor's).

[6/3/2003 12:21:14 PM | Susie K]
Anyway, as I was writing and then lost because I happened to read Pete's comment and neglected to post what I had already written before I changed my settings to appease my loyal reader [see how much trouble readers are! sheesh! :)], I did not win the New Blog Showcase at Truth Laid Bear. However, the winner, The Smallest Minority is very worthy. Congrats, Kevin!

[6/3/2003 12:12:17 PM | Susie K]
Just for you, Pete.

[6/3/2003 10:59:36 AM | Susie K]
I am learning my way around this blogging thing....scroll down and you'll find a new "about me" section on the lower left. And adding links has become less onerous too. So maybe there is hope that I will learn to spell. You see, I read too fast. When I read, I recognize a word in its entirety, rather than by its component parts; so when I write, I type it phoneticly, and when I edit, I recognize that the word is misspelled but cannot figure out the correct spelling without resorting to a) spell check if I am using Word or b) my handy paperback copy of the American Heritage Dictionary that I have had since 1975 or so. So although I am a fast reader, and moderately speedy writer, the editing process is very slow.
I suppose I could type everything in Word, spell check it and then copy-and-paste it, but where is the blogging in that?

[6/3/2003 10:19:13 AM | Susie K]
Loyal Citizen Victor provided this link to an article that is a must read. Thanks, Victor!

[6/3/2003 9:59:59 AM | Susie K]
So I wandered around the blogosphere in search of inspiration this morning, and following a long series of links starting at Tiger's, which took me through Jay Solo's to Dean's World and thence to Bloginality I discovered I am a ISTJ blog personality. Interestingly, like Dean, I normally fall into the INTJ type on the Myers-Briggs test. Unlike Dean, I re-took the Myers-Briggs just before the Bloginality instead of just after. Still, it's awfully close!

[6/2/2003 7:49:40 AM | Susie K]
"So, Susie, what are you doing up so early in the morning?" I imagine my loyal readers asking......
The choices are:
a) I couldn't sleep anticipating Part II of Black Insano Project
b) I woke up early anticipating Part II of Black Insano Project
c) What makes you think I'm awake? Haven't you ever heard of sleeptyping?
d) What was the question?

Actually, it was one of those cases where you roll over and kind of wake up a little and then your brain starts that darn "oh my gosh I have so much to do" while your body is screeching "shut up! I'm exhausted!" and then the bickering finally gets to you and you say "the hell with this, I can't sleep with all this noise" and get up. So the correct answer is "d".

[6/2/2003 7:24:59 AM | Susie K]
I started to quote my favorite laugh out loud lines, but seemed to be copying and pasting about half the article......so just my #1 favorite laugh out loud line:
"And they sure get the stains out," Laura commented.

[6/2/2003 7:13:25 AM | Susie K]
"Black Insano Project Part II" is up at IMAO! Go there at once!!!!!! (but then come back in case I have posted more..)

[6/1/2003 10:32:23 AM | Susie K]
Goodness, it's June already. Time sure flies when you're working full time and every spare minute goes to the two grad school classes you were insane to sign up for.

Another Sunday, another 12 hour day. Oh joy.

The first of the three new employees started last night and I think he is going to do very well. He even survived working the 7pm Saturday rush. I just hope he is as reliable as he seems....

So, not much seems to be going on in the blogosphere, except over at The Emperor's where he has proposed a bounty on terrorists that he suggests be called "Pop a Pali for Pizza." I like it. And the site where you order also sends ice cream and burgers if you so desire. (There is even a link to GIpizza.com, which sends pizza to US troops in the Gulf.)

I also found another new blog I enjoyed, Loyal Citizen Victor. Check it out (if you can get it to load....it's blogspot...).

Somehow I wandered off through various links and wound up at Calpundit where there was a diatribe against the greedy rich who whine about their high taxes. More proof I am one of the greedy rich! It is such a relief to know that! I was thinking that the fact that I can't afford a new muffler for my 1988 Mercury Tracer might indicate that I am in the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum; thankfully, I was wrong. Whew!
I also learned that conservative Republican=compassionless, non-empathetic sociopath. Wow! I am a sociopath and didn't even know it!!!!! This is what I get for skipping the field trip to the Democrat's Federal Re-Education Camp---I have to learn all this stuff about myself from the internet! Thank goodness Algore invented it.......

[5/31/2003 12:15:20 PM | Susie K]
Mmm kay, I read the comments to yesterday's post and then checked my archives. They actually WORKED for once! LOL! So whatever it was that I did got fixed, I think (hope).

Anyway, Tiger has added me to his blogroll, which is SO COOL! So, along with Pixy Misa and jaboobie I now have THREE blogs that link to me! I am now a "Crunchy Crustacean" in the Blogosphere, which is most excellent, since I am a huge fan of most seafood, crab and lobster in particular. Thanks guys!

The good news....Kevin collected just over $2600 for the fire victims! Hurray!!!!
The bad news....no new posts from Frank today. (pout). Who told Frank he could take the weekend off, that's what I want to know. Does he think he's Bill Whittle?


[5/30/2003 9:43:46 AM | Susie K]
Well, today begins "the grind": the summer months when the theater runs noon to midnight every day (instead of just on the weekend). Oh, joy.....all those extra works hours, with no extra pay! How I love being salaried!
Sorry, the sarcasm switch seems stuck in the "on" position. I think it's lack of sleep.

I wish Blogger had spell check. I just noticed some typos/spelling errors in yesterday's post. I spelled "routine" wrong twice. Where the heck did that extra "n" come from? Sheesh. Perhaps I can fix it. Hold on.

Well, I changed it here, but since my webpage won't load for me to check.....sigh.

Anyway, Frank offers some advice to the Prez for his upcoming meeting with Chirac. LOL advice. Hurry over if you haven't been there already. I have to start scurrying around to get ready to go into work. Maybe more from me tonight. Maybe not.

[5/29/2003 11:46:08 AM | Susie K]
Good Morning, Sports Fans! It was another day from hell at the movies yesterday. I used to like Wednesdays. A nice, slow, plenty of routine tasks to keep me from getting bored kind of day. Not yesterday.

First we had the second grade field trip. Actually, that went pretty well since I took care of the Popcorn Crisis on Tuesday. (Don't ask.) But because Monday was a "holiday" I had all my routine business calls to take care of (like getting hold of the plumber to fix the leaking U-bend in the ladies' restroom sink) and it was very glitch-ridden. Every call I made seemed to necessitate two other calls. Yep, one of those days. The Pepsi delivery arrived short of two items I had ordered, requiring more calls. The supply delivery brought six bags of popcorn (yay!). Finally 4 o'clock rolled around, and I noticed the message light on the fax was blinking.

(Insert ominous music here).

It seems my concession person was sick and would not be coming in.

Have I mentioned that almost all of my employees are High School students? And yesterday was full of Softball Banquets and assorted other end of the year activities for which most of them had asked off for weeks in advance, leaving only two people available to work, both of whom I had scheduled and one of whom was now not coming in. I tried to get someone anyway. (Insert mirthless laugh). So the cashier and I spent the night doing double work. When she was selling tickets, I ran concessions. When I was threading or starting movies she ran back and forth between the ticket booth and the concessions stand. It was NOT pretty. And Susie was NOT a happy camper. Somewhere in the middle of her 15 hour day she devised revenge.......

BRB----need more coffee!

Nothing like a cliff-hanger to keep reader interest, huh? First off, the concession peron is going to be made aware that having someone else call you in sick less than an hour before you are due at work in not proper business etiquette, and if it happens again, something dire is going to happen to the concessions person. Next, because there was no one else available to take that shift, I am going to hire THREE new employees. Of course, that means fewer hours available for the current employees..... (buwhaa haa haa......). And lastly, I am going to enforce the policy requiring all employees to find their own substitutes for shifts that they cannot cover, so that even if they get someone to call in for them, only a doctor's note will excuse them from not covering their scheduled shift.

Moral of this story.....don't tick off the manager!!!!!

[5/28/2003 5:40:27 AM | Susie K]
Kevin says he has collected about $1500 so far. Pretty good, but only around $36 per serviceman affected, according to my calculations. So any of my readers who haven't donated, please take a minute to head on over to Chinpokomon.com and drop some money in the kitty. Thanks!!!!

[5/27/2003 10:02:50 AM | Susie K]
Ok, Frank has another must read this morning. If any country needs destabilizing, it's Iran.
Peter sent me a link to Tiny Little Lies, which has bit today on what Saddam and Sons are up to. Very funny stuff. Thanks Peter.
I have massive amounts of homework to do since we were incredibly busy at the theater all weekend and I actually had to work. Man, I hate having to work at work...

[5/27/2003 12:36:58 AM | Susie K]
Thanks to Frank I leaned that Kevin's Undisclosed Middle Eastern Country(TM) Location had a fire which destroyed three tents. He is asking for donations to help the Marines and soldiers replace their stuff.
I am a great believer in stuff, particularly books, and so I donated.
If you can, please help them out. Thanks!

[5/27/2003 12:10:58 AM | Susie K]
I found an interesting blog over at Truth Laid Bare. It's Tiger: Raggin' & Rantin' . I particularly enjoyed his May 21st entry.

[5/26/2003 11:57:36 AM | Susie K]
Pre-coffee blogging is sort of like stream-of-consciousness writing, only without the consciousness. Stream-of-semi-comatose is probably a better description.
Retail bites. It really does. Why is it I keep going to work for places that are open on holidays? Is it some sub-conscious (or even sub-comatose) attempt to avoid family get-togethers? I love my family very much. I love family cook-outs. I love birthday parties and confirmation parties and piano recitals. But my most recent two jobs have both been for companies that are open 365 days a year, businesses that are at their busiest on the weekend and holidays.
The weekend, and holidays, are when the rest of my Monday-through-Friday-Nine-to-Five family members can congregate. No one ever has a bar-b-que at two o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, when I could attend. It is SO not fair!
Ok, I'm done kvetching. For now.
Since today is Memorial Day, I am reminded of my beloved Aunt Letty, who always called it "Decoration Day." Aunt Letty did not die in the service of our country, but serve it she did. During World War II she volunteered as a nurse's aid and helped make bandages. After the war she went to college (the first member of my family ever to do so) and became a teacher. She taught 1st grade in the ghetto (is there a PC word for that these days?) for most of her 25 year career. When I was little and for long-forgotten reasons had no school but she did, she used to take me with her. It was my first exposure to poverty. My first exposure to "coloreds". My first exposure to being a minority.
Aunt Letty taught the children to read. Sometimes I helped, sitting in the circle with them as they sounded out the words in the primers. At home, Aunt Letty would lament her lack of time with the children of the migrant workers, hoping the next school they landed in would continue to build on what she was teaching them.
One story Aunt Letty told me sticks with me. One of her students came to class very angry. He told Aunt Letty that when he grew up, he was going to kill every white person he saw. She said, "But Javon, I'm white. Do you want to kill me?" She said that he looked at her, shocked. He hadn't realized that she was white.
Many years later, after Aunt Letty had retired and I was grown, we would "do lunch" or go shopping together, and occasionally a young black man or woman would approach us and greet her in delight. She ALWAYS recognized them and remembered their names (amazing to me since she must have taught thousands of children), and asked after the brothers and sisters that she also taught.
Aunt Letty taught me that people are individuals. That skin color is just an attribute like height or weight or hair color. That is why I was completely flabbergasted at something that happened at the theater last night.
The newspaper had a misprint regarding our showtimes. A family of four arrived an hour early for the movie they wanted to see. Rather than drive home and come back, they bought their tickets and decided to wait in the lobby. After about half an hour, the mother sought me out to ask if we had given her husband any kind of receipt when he bought the tickets, because he couldn't find the stubs, and they wanted to walk over to a nearby store but be able to get back in. I assured her that we knew they had purchased tickets and would let them in again. "Are you sure?" she asked. "We all look alike to you."
I was shocked speechless. I finally managed to assure her that her family was eminently memorable, and they would have no problem getting back in, even without a ticket. But that bothered me the rest of the night. It's still bothering me. I wasn't even wearing my "Proud Member of the VRWC" armband......:).
I guess my point is, society seems to be becoming less colorblind rather than more. Aunt Letty's students had no idea she was "white". Forty years later, the fact that I am "white" convinces an black woman that her family looks just like every black family I see. I would blame Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton, but I can't tell which is which....

[5/25/2003 10:01:22 AM | Susie K]
Oh dear...Admin says that the Soviet Union was a capitalist system. He also said Communism and democracy are about the same, and quite compatible in theory, with the exception that one is an economic system and one is a political system. I don't have time for this, this morning, since it's my noon-to-midnight day. Maybe he was just trying to push my buttons?
He also said If my taxes were to go up to 50% or 60% I wouldn't care, as long as I had what I need.
Wow! he must make an awful lot of money! And he works for the government.....sounds like the government is over-paying its employees to me.
I figure that by the time I get done paying my bills I have about 25% left per month as it is. Mmmmm, Admin, you could just send the government a check for that 25% every month, since they are under-taxing you. Just a suggestion.

[5/24/2003 11:46:40 AM | Susie K]
My brain is overloaded this a.m. So much to rant about, so little time. Why is it that the Lefties think that Socialism=Compassion and Capitalism=Heartlessness? Are they really that deluded? Or is it just a great sound bite? It's so much work debating them without aid of a "Cluebat," I can see why some folks get frustrated.

"LBJ's Great Society has been an abysmal failure, and has only succeeded in perpetuating and encouraging the very problems he sought to fix. The idea that welfare (socialism) will work if we give it enough money is delusion personified. There is not enough money in the world to make the welfare system work." Who said that? I did, over at Any Which Way.

Now, ideally, what I need is the statistics to back this up. They are out there in the www. But I really don't have the time or the energy to research this just to to hear "thank you for your opinion" again; and they probably wouldn't make "Admin" think anyway. My brother P.K. points out that the fact that Admin is a government employee may have something to do with his bias toward welfare. P.K. may be right. I work in the "private sector" myself, and don't think socialism is a good idea at all.
P.K. works in the "public sector," and he's a capitalist, but perhaps he's in a minority....I'll have to ask him.

[5/23/2003 1:20:36 PM | Susie K]
Since the comments aren't working, Peter had to email his comment to me!

He said: "So it was Bush on the grassy knoll, not someone hiding behing a bush.
Now it all becomes clear. Someone tell Oliver Stone."

LOL. thanks Pete!

[5/23/2003 8:37:57 AM | Susie K]
I guess I need to apologize for my "comments" system---I've been trying to reply to a comment and it just won't take! But, remember the old saying, "you get what you pay for" and since it was free.....
Anyway, LOL MUMIA!!!!!!!! You really crack me up. The comment you left here is not as ROFLMAO as some that you have left at the Emperor's, but even so, I feel honored to be trolled by such an expert in the art as yourself.

[5/22/2003 7:11:07 PM | Susie K]
Okay, Pete, I'll tell you about yesterday in a minute...first I have to tell you all what I have been doing today. I finished my paper!!!!! Hurray!!!!!! Then as a reward, I wandered through the blogosphere. A link at the Emperor's sent me to a blog called Any Which Way; this blog had listed the Emperor as one of the "scary" conservative blogs it was attempting to combat. Well, I started to read the drivel there, and I just had to troll them. However, being a good conservative, I am not very good at trolling. No name calling, no babbled invective...sigh.....
Anyway, here is the link to his post with my comment (scroll down through his "statistics") and "Admin's" response (not very nice to me, telling me to leave the country, but I have lived through the Carter administration so I can take it) and my response to his response. I will be checking back to see if he responds to my response to his response.....

Now, Pete: yesterday was VERY exciting......100 third graders for a class trip to see Piglet's Big Movie. 100 small popcorns and 100 small pops. Lots of sweeping and vacuuming afterward. Luckily I didn't have to mop. The Pepsi man delivered our fountain syrup. The supply company delivered our paper products and raw popcorn and candy order. All invoices had to be checked and the stuff entered into inventory and then carted off to various storerooms. A crisis in the ladies' restroom...a leak in the u-bend necessitated mopping and a bucket under the drip til a plumber can be summoned (during his regular business hours, not ours). By the time the last shows of the day rolled around,I was so tired that I started the wrong movie at 9 pm. Once I realized it, it was too late, because there is NO rewind button on a movie projector..... So the 9pm show started at 9:05, but the 9:15 show started at 9--and wouldn't you know it, about twenty people showed up around 9:10. Figures. Nobody complained or demanded their money back, but I felt badly nonetheless....

[5/22/2003 7:36:13 AM | Susie K]
Don't you just hate it when you wake up five hours before you have to get up and can't get back to sleep? Just cuz I had to get up early yesterday, my body thinks it had to do it again today. sheesh.
Speaking of Frank, I love this line from his "press conference" yesterday, where the terrorist says:
We hate Jews, America, and all American officials - except for a few of the Democrats - for reasons of varying levels of coherency...
Plus Buck the Marine was there! Buck entered the room. "There was a bunch of evil foreigners outside," he explained to Rumsfeld, "So I killed them good and then shouted, 'Ooh-rah.'"
P.K., if you read this, follow the link to the press conference immediately! You deserve a laugh today.

[5/21/2003 8:05:07 AM | Susie K]
We have a special showing this morning for a school field trip, so I will be heading into the theater soon and probably won't get home til 11 tonight, so this is probably it for today's posts. Oh--my paper is half done! Hurray! Now go read Frank.......

[5/20/2003 11:32:30 AM | Susie K]
Oh--this is the best statement of what American foreign policy should be that I ever read. I'm voting for Frank for President (as soon as he's old enough).

[5/20/2003 11:08:04 AM | Susie K]
I should be writing a paper due Monday and participating in discussions at my touchie-feelie class, but a post over at the Emperor's and its comment thread has gotten me all riled up (again) about the taxes on cigarettes. First link to a map of state taxes on cigarettes. No date on it though, so I'm not sure how current it is.


Because it has the potential to influence production and demand, taxation is a powerful, albeit indirect, form of regulation. No other consumer product is as heavily taxed as tobacco. In fiscal year 1999, tobacco products generated nearly $14 billion in federal, state and local excise taxes – a figure representing $50 for every man, woman and child in the United States. Cigarette taxes were levied in FY 1999 by 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with 450 cities, towns and counties across the nation. Federal and state excise taxes accounted for 22.1 percent of the retail price of cigarettes in FY 1999 – not including the payments required by the Master Settlement Agreement. (from here). Those figures are 4 years old, though, and lots of taxes have increased since then.

Here is another good one. And if you click on the colorful icon you will see that the government gets 51% of the revenue from every pack of cigarettes sold in Illinois.

It really gets my goat that we are taxed sales tax on excise tax. They also do it on gasoline and liquor.

There is something out of kilter when the government taxes taxes. I once asked my dad if there was a name for that. He said it was called "sodomy".

[5/19/2003 11:32:21 PM | Susie K]
One of the reasons I love my little brother is he makes me laugh. I dragged myself home from a hard day at the theater to discover this email from him:


I just returned from my Microeconomics class.

On the first day, I learned many amazing things that I had no idea would be
of economic interest. Three of my new enlightenments include:

1) Walmart is a hugely successful company because they don't give paychecks
to their employees and they also screw all their customers. Hmmm...what a
great business plan.

2) General Motors builds the majority of US weapons (in an accusatory,
suspicious tone).
As opposed to ... Tyco ... I suppose...

3) O. J. Simpson was, in fact, innocent of that double murder thing, because
Mark Furman did it. You see, Furman used to be in the military, and only a
person with military training could have possibly used a knife in a deadly
way. I suppose if the murders were committed with a football, a cereal box,
or a golf club, my professor might weigh the possibility it was O. J.

I might have had to drop the class if my professor was slightly less insane.
But, his harangue is just wacky enough to be marginally entertaining, while
his soapbox oration is only slightly more phantasmagorical than a Stephen
King book. This could be fun.

He made me laugh and the day's woes dropped away.
Thanks, P.K.

[5/19/2003 12:12:47 PM | Susie K]
Frank had me laughing out loud again. The only way the new In My World would have been funnier is if Buck the Marine had been in it......

[5/19/2003 11:41:19 AM | Susie K]
I am on my second pot of coffee. Only because the first batch somehow seemed to miss the beans and I ended up with a pot of pale tan water. And in my stuperous pre-coffee state, I couldn't figure out an efficient way to get the tan water back through the grounds without making a big mess, so I poured out the tan water, pitched the grounds and started over.
As I have frequently lamented, having to make coffee before you've had any coffee is a herculean chore requiring intense concentration and a strong reliance on that physical-memory thing (coffee hasn't reached all parts of the brain yet). So if something interferes with that routine process, creative solutions are impossible. All you can do is start over from the memorized part and hope it works this time.

[5/19/2003 11:15:34 AM | Susie K]
Attention, Readers: Please read Bill Whittle's Magic immediately. (There will be a quiz later).

[5/18/2003 10:59:09 AM | Susie K]
Almost forgot to link to Frank!

[5/18/2003 10:48:43 AM | Susie K]
The responsibility of having two readers is being to wear on me.....after all, I'm not writing just for myself anymore. There are at least half a dozen topics I could rant or ramble on about, but I forget what they are....cohesive ideas just keep skittering back behind my brain cells mere seconds after popping into my conscious thought. Wow! that was a great idea...what was it again?
OH my goodness!!!! Listen to me blame my readers for my own shortcomings!!!! Is liberalism contagious????
That reminds me: my text book for the touchie feelie class was talking about the rapid changes in technology and their effect on managers. One sentence had a profound effect on me:
"Hence, we face a real danger of perpetuating technological apartheid both in the United States and through the world." {Whetten, D. & Cameron, K. Developing Management Skills, 5th ed. (2002). p.75.}
O.M.G. "Technological apartheid"!!!!!!!!!!! Because a lot of people in the world don't have computers!!!!!!
This is an outrage! Dell must immediately ship 100,000 units to the Congo!!!
Oh, wait. the text points out that po' folks in the U.S. don't have 'puters neither: ".....and even a majority of the U.S. population cannot afford a computer." (loc. cit.).
A majority. Wow.
See, I had absolutely no way of knowing an interesting "fact" like that because everyone in my immediate family between the ages of 18 and 50 has their own computer. Granted, the three households in the higher end of the economic spectrum have 2 or more computers each, but even those of us in the lower end (my "rich" pre-school teacher sister, my physically-disabled, part-time employed and receiving-medicaid sister, and myself) all have computers. We also all have internet access!!!! Our local library provides a free isp to anyone who cannot afford ten bucks a month for ad-drenched dial-up service.
Now I must admit that perhaps not everyone is so fortunate as to have a wonderful, caring baby brother who is a computer geek in his spare time and for twenty bucks can pick up discarded computer carcasses at auction and whiz-bang turn them into operating, albeit slightly outdated, machines.
This computer I am using started life as a 486. For a few bucks here and there for memory and ports and other mystical computer thingees, I have a pretty good computer. (Now that I think of it, the only original remaining part from the 486 is probably the 2x CD drive, which is slated for replacement as soon as I can save enough).
But even if I am more fortunate in my siblings than many people, my personal opinion is that most people who don't have a computer (in the U.S. at least) either don't want one or have a lot of bigger problems than "technological apartheid".

[5/17/2003 12:03:16 PM | Susie K]
Hurray!!!! I think I have comments now!!!! Now both my readers can instantaneously respond!

[5/17/2003 10:59:27 AM | Susie K]
I'm so excited! (sung to the tune of the Pointer Sisters...) Ambient Irony has named me Blog of the Day! This means my readership has doubled!!!! Whoo hoo!!! Thank you Pixy Misa!!!

[5/17/2003 8:47:57 AM | Susie K]
My Reader graciously took the time to email me again. One of the interesting points he made was:
By the way, watch out for Frank. Monkey headed children would be scary.
Yikes! I never thought of that! Thanks! (And it just gave me an idea for Frank's caption contest)

[5/16/2003 11:54:06 AM | Susie K]
I usually make the Emperor my second stop of the day (after Frank). This morning he directed our attention to some islamofascist ravings, and after reading the article I went on to the next news story where I read this:

Meanwhile, the human rights group Amnesty International said it had found 20 Iraqi prisoners of war who alleged they had been tortured by US and British troops in the country.
Amnesty said that the torture methods described by the 20 people -- half of whom were civilians -- included beatings, electric shocks and the breaking of teeth.

I have a couple of questions. Gosh, where do I start?

Did the American and British conduct this torture in a joint operation, or were they separate incidents?
Under what circumstances did the torture occur? For example, were the prisoners being questioned, or were they agitating and got smacked in the mouth with the butt of an M-16, zapped by a taser, or whacked with a truncheon so they would behave?
Why is it pointed out that half of the prisoners were civilians, as if implying that had they all been soldiers torture would have been ok?
What percentage of prisoners are reporting this behavior? I seem to recall there were at least 2000 POWs in Iraq--but I recall that number from the early days of the war, so I really have no idea. So if there were 30 prisoners and 20 of them reported being tortured I would say we've got a problem. But if there are 3000 prisoners, and 20 are reporting torture, well, I really have to wonder how much of this is wishful thinking on A.I.'s part.

Scenario #1: A.I. : "So, what happened to your teeth, prisoner of war?"
P.O.W: "I was tortured and they broke my teeth ".
(A.I. wanders off to accuse the U.S. without asking who "they" are.)
Scenario #2: A.I. : " Prisoner of war, I see you have no teeth--were you tortured by the Imperialistic Western Aggressors?"
P.O.W.: "Umm, yeah, sure....."
A.I.: "What other heinous crimes did they commit against you when they tortured you?"
P.O.W.: "Well, they, uh, fed me oreos..."
A.I.: "Oh Sweet Jesus....the inhuman monsters....."

Torture is bad. Let me restate that: Torture is appalling, atrocious, and unforgivable. If any American or British troops used torture to extract information from prisoners of war they should be court-martialed and imprisoned. But how can we know that from this news report?

[5/16/2003 10:09:26 AM | Susie K]
I got an email from my brother; he knows I enjoy language and its nuances, and he sent me a definition of the word (phrase?) "hugger-mugger" with this preface:

"This is from my "Dictionary.com Word of the Day" subscription...
I thought it was very interesting because it has a myriad of
meanings but no known source of origin (kind of like when liberals
try to use statistics to support their ideas)".

I laughed out loud.

[5/15/2003 11:58:40 AM | Susie K]
Many people have asked me why I called my blog "Practical Penumbra." (Actually, that's a blatant lie; no one has asked. But I'm sure a lot of people are wondering........ok, maybe not a lot. But I digress......).
I have always enjoyed saying the word "penumbra". It is, however, a difficult word to slip into daily conversation. I have therefore always wanted to name something "Penumbra" for that very reason, but having no offspring (unless Frank decides to take me up on my offer to bear his children), and an adopted kitty who came with his own perfectly good name already, I have never had the opportunity to name anything "Penumbra". But just "Penumbra" seemed a little lacking, so, having long been a great fan of alliteration, "Practical" sounded like an excellent adjective.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

[5/15/2003 9:40:51 AM | Susie K]
Poor blogspot takes a lot of grief. I would provide links, but I'm too lazy this morning. Okay, here's one.
People---it's free!!!!!! Whaddaya expect for nothin'? Rubbbber bisssssquit........??? (Okay, my Jake Blues impression is not very good, but you get the idea). How often in this world do you actually get something for nothing? Even when the grocery has a "buy one get one free" promotion you still have to buy one!
Ok, so there are archive problems. I just noticed that some of mine have disappeared. And if I was actually paying for this service I would be really ticked off. But it's FREE. And that means that it fits my budget for entertainment expenses to the penny!
Maybe sometime I will decide that I really want to get serious about blogging--serious enough to actually pay somebody to let me do it. But in the meantime, I'm just happy to have my own little corner of cyberspace in which to spout off.
Thank you, blogspot.

[5/15/2003 9:16:51 AM | Susie K]
The Emperor once again shows admirable restraint in posting his opinion of the New York Times fiasco. I tremble at the thought of ever seeing His Imperial Highness truly angry.....

[5/14/2003 10:04:07 AM | Susie K]
Nobody in my management class wants to fire anybody. Except for one other person, they all wanted make HR do it, or transfer the dead weight to another department. Sheesh. What weenies. A couple of them wanted HR to do it so they wouldn't get sued, or have union problems, but most just seemed to think that compassion, understanding, and human dignity were the main concerns, and these could best be accomplished by passing along the problem to someone else. I wonder if this explains the Enron scandal--that those bozos were guys somebody was too compassionate to fire, and just kept promoting them to get rid of the problem. I wouldn't be at all surprised.

[5/14/2003 9:49:00 AM | Susie K]
Frank didn't answer my question today, so I still don't know how stupid that is.

[5/13/2003 2:53:54 PM | Susie K]
More proof there are too many lawyers in the world.


SAN FRANCISCO, May 13 — A lawyer who says he has spent much of his life enjoying Oreo cookies has sued Kraft Foods Inc., seeking to ban the much-loved cookies in California because they contain trans fat, an ingredient he says is inedible and dangerous.

How stupid is this?

Hmm....I think I will ask Frank.

[5/13/2003 12:27:18 PM | Susie K]
This is my day off this week, and instead of doing my homework like a good little Grad Student I am playing in the blogosphere. Reading chapter 2 for Business Reaserch Methods can probably be done between movies tomorrow. But answering another Stupid Discussion Question for the class on Managerial Communications...I tried to work on it last night but I just could not get my mind to bend to this "touchie-feelie" school of management thought.

Here is the question: "Based on Chapter 1, what areas of developing self-awareness in management (personal values, learning style, orientation toward change and interpersonal orientation) can you identify as strengths to assist you in dealing with this difficult situation?" The situation has to do with a "very tenured employee" whose work over the course of six months has deteriorated to the point that "unit customer service and unit morale" have been effected, and my "efforts toward counseling have no effect and termination is the only alternative."

So what is the big deal here? I have to fire someone who is not only NOT pulling their own weight, but also is dragging the rest of the company down. Sheesh!
Me: "Bob, you're fired."
Apparently not the correct touchie-feelie way to do it.
Like Bob didn't see this coming after all the "counseling" I did?
And why the heck did it take me six months to get rid of this dead weight?
Should I answer the question honestly? or shoot for the good touchie-feelie grade?
Ah! I've got it! I will answer honestly using the touchie-feelie reasons to explain why it took me six months to jettison the dead weight. Good grades often require compromise.

[5/13/2003 11:53:38 AM | Susie K]
I thought I would give a boost to one of the Multicellular Microorganisms in the Blogosphere Ecosystem, but it took me awhile to find one that a)had an interesting name and b) wasn't stupid. So without further ado, please visit Opinionated Jerks. I enjoyed it and I hope you do too.

[5/13/2003 10:57:04 AM | Susie K]
Pardon me if I babble---the hot water is still gurgling its way through the ground-up beans and until some of it is ingested and re-inflates my brain cells, sentence composition is a challenge.
I am excited to announce: I have a reader! I know this because he sent me an email! This is SO cool!
But all of a sudden, I am now self-conscious.....someone other than myself has read my muddled musings (hey--cool title for a blog--why didn't I think of that one?) and I have an audience; the weight of this gives me pause.....
Ok, I'm over it.

I haven't read Frank yet today, but I am providing a link anyway. Even on his worst day he is funnier than most humans and all other primates. And even though he is much too young for me, I asked him to have my children. Wait--should I have asked, "can I have your children?" Although actually I think it should be "may I have your children?" No, it should be "may I bear your children?" Nevermind......cybersex is not my forte.

[5/12/2003 10:17:25 AM | Susie K]
Frank posted the transcript of Buck the Marine's interview on Fox and Friends! You can read it here. I wonder if Buck has a girlfriend.....

[5/12/2003 10:03:12 AM | Susie K]
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The movie theater is NOT your babysitter.
When you drop off your 8 and 11 year olds to see a movie, and some pervert sits down behind them in the theater and makes crude remarks to them, it is not the fault of the theater, its owner, manager or employees. It is your own fault for not supervising your children. When you come to pick up your 10 and 12 year olds at 11:30 pm on a school night and cannot find them in the theater, it could be because the manager found them asleep in the lobby, took pity on them and let them use the office phone to call their parents for a ride. It is not the manager's fault you weren't home and grandma came to get them. (At least, the manager hopes that's whose car the sleepy children seemed to recognize and climb into......). But there are other, more sinister possibilities of why you cannot find the children you dropped off alone, in a public place, three hours earlier, and as a parent it is your RESPONSIBILITY (yes, damn it, the "R" word) to consider all possible outcomes of leaving your children unsupervised.
Let me reiterate: the movie theater is not your babysitter! This has been a Public Service Announcement.......

[5/10/2003 11:52:15 PM | Susie K]
I saw a city vehicle with the sign VOLUNTEER ENFORCEMENT SPECIALIST. This phrase puzzles me. Is this person a volunteer specializing in enforcement? or a specialist who enforces volunteering? and isn't it an oxymoron either way?
Anyway, here is a link to Frank.

[5/10/2003 11:02:54 AM | Susie K]
I must link to Frank. Must raise Frank's rating in the Blogoshere Ecosystem. Must link to Frank's discussion with GWB. Must link to Frank's essay on violence.
Hope that helps, Frank!

[5/9/2003 11:51:20 AM | Susie K]
Coffee... I need coffee.....

Ahh....better now.

Once again it is pay day, and once again 25% of my salary has been syphoned off before I even get it. Only 10% of that is federal income tax; the rest is (thank you FDR and LBJ and all the other great liberals of history--you know who you are) Social Security, Medicare, State and county income tax.

And now that I have a check for 75% of what I worked for, it will be used to pay sales tax, excise tax, sin tax, and, in the form of higher prices, corporate and inventory and unemployment taxes.

Yet there are people (mostly Democrats) who think that I do not deserve a tax cut (remember my post of 5/6--I am one of the rich, because my sister, who makes less than I do, is rich according to the anti-cut crowd). I really think that all candidates for public office should be required to study basic economics and pass a quiz on it before being allowed to run.
Except that might not help since Democrats seem to
a) want the economy to go bad so they will be elected and
b) think that they have the right to decide what to do with MY money.
Well, I want my money to go for a pay raise for our armed forces, not members of Congress.
I also would like my money to go to charities I used to be able to afford to support, insteads of another pork barrel project named after Robert Byrd.
Since Congress is not behaving responsibly with MY money, is it any wonder I want them to have less of it?

[5/8/2003 8:38:48 PM | Susie K]
Just wrote a long letter to my best friend from college and told her everything that was interesting going on in my life.......which means I am now bored with the subject and have nothing to post. Better check out what Frank J is up to.

[5/6/2003 11:59:32 AM | Susie K]
There are a lot of "which character are you?" kind of quizzes out there in the web, but the Dante's Inferno quiz was great. I'm going to Purgatory, nahner, nahner nahner....

[5/6/2003 2:19:41 AM | Susie K]
Wait...if I'm rich, how come I don't have a laptop?

[5/6/2003 2:17:12 AM | Susie K]
Hmmm....just read that 57% percent of Americans think the President's proposal to cut taxes favors the rich. Why would they think that? It couldn't be because that's what the news keeps telling us....
Come to think of it, when has a proposed tax cut ever NOT been stigmatized as "favoring the rich"???? Certainly any tax cut ever proposed by Reagan or Bush was denounced from the Democratic rooftops, and the Liberal viewpoint was broadcast as fact by the networks.
Except, consider this: One of my sisters is a pre-school teacher. She earns less than $13,000 a year. She owns a few shares of stock she inherited from one of our aunts. She is therefore one of the "rich" who would benefit from the elimination of the capital gains tax should she ever need to sell her shares.
I make more than she does, so I must be "rich" too.
I feel so much better now, knowing I am rich.

[5/4/2003 11:08:06 AM | Susie K]
Today is my noon-to-midnight day at work, so I have less time than usual to be witty and entertaining. Not that it matters, since I haven't gotten any mail, fan- or hate-, indicating that anyone reads this other than moi. I just wish I could blog from the theater....I think of lots of cool stuff while waiting around to thread the next show. Things like...
I really gotta do a load of laundry when I get home
I wonder if there's a can of tuna left?
I need to find a calender so I can write down my class assignments and make sure there's nothing huge due the week Steve will be on vacation. If there is, I need to get a head start.
I wonder when the last day to withdraw is?
I wonder if I will lose my loans if I withdraw?
I wonder if I should withdraw from BOTH classes and say to hell with it?
I have to remember to call that supply place about the soap thingee.
I have to remember to call that other place about the dented oil.

You see how exciting it is? How having web access at the theater would make my blogging so much more compelling? Please email me and I will let you know where to send me money.

[5/3/2003 11:04:58 AM | Susie K]
I have to thank Frank for his link to Glenn Reynolds, and Glenn for his link to this story. While I have always suspected a "slight" bias in the post-combat media reports from Baghdad, this story by an embedded reporter confirms that it is a little more than slight.

[5/3/2003 10:43:01 AM | Susie K]
Don't you hate it when you wake up in the morning and all the clocks are flashing at you? That means that not only do you have to re-set the VCR, but that at some point during the night the power went out and you slept right through it! I HATE it when I miss all the excitement!

[5/2/2003 1:36:06 PM | Susie K]
I spent all my time before work reading other blogs...I love Frank J! He makes me laugh. I am also outraged by the attempt to shut down the boycott-hollywood blog, and overjoyed at the widespread support the blog is receiving as a result.
Gotta run...time to go work for 4 hours (and sit around for 5 --if only I had a laptop!!!!).

[5/1/2003 3:40:32 PM | Susie K]
Omg...I don't like one of my teachers! The fact he is
a) a University Professor and
b) in Hawaii
almost certainly means he is a (shudder) Liberal, but that's not why I dislike him. He seems to be humorless and dogmatic and incapable of following a logical train of thought.
Yep, he's a (shudder) Liberal.

[5/1/2003 2:15:10 AM | Susie K]
Ok, I am starting to figure how to do cool blog stuff, like add links, and I decided to add an email address just in case someone other than me reads this and might have a comment (since I haven't gotten to the lesson on adding comments yet). But I warn you, if I get a lot of Spam I will be making sandwiches......with tons of mayo. On toast.

[4/30/2003 1:37:04 PM | Susie K]
Another beautiful, albeit overcast, Spring day. April showers bring May flowers.....goodness, I'm babbling. If I didn't have to go to work, the day would be near perfect.
It's not that I dislike my job---the pay is low, but the hours are long---it's just that all there is to do there is work! Ok, so I get to see a few minutes of different movies here and there from up in the booth; big whoop--there's not even any sound. I must have seen Maid in Manhattan 15 times (in random, 5 to 10 minutes segments)....I just never heard it. The real problem is there is no internet access. Even worse, there are no computers! See, what makes the low pay essentially tolerable is the fact that, between movies, there isn't really anything to do. Unfortunately, that's the same thing that makes the long hours intolerable. Pretty much I am getting paid for working fours hours out of every day, and that would figure out as pretty good money. But I have to stay there for 9 hours, which kindda defeats the good money argument, since I have all this time on my hands and can't be doing anything constructive with it, at least not anything high-techish. I read a lot. Sometimes I do my homework. But since my classes are via the internet, I can't do much more than the reading assignments, and one of my teachers scolded me for reading too far ahead! So I can't win. Hmmm....maybe if I got one of those paypal things, I could use donations to buy myself a laptop which I could take to work!

[4/29/2003 5:55:35 PM | Susie K]
Well, through the amazing versatility of the internet, I was able to discover a list of the countries in Cuba's grouping. I think the racial profiling thing is probably true, except that Spain and Portugal are in the Westen Europe grouping. Turkey is in the Western Europe grouping, too. I would have put them in either the Eastern Europe or Asian grouping. But then, I'm pretty good at geography. :P

[4/29/2003 3:03:19 PM | Susie K]
Cuba was reelected to the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission today. Hurray!! We will now all be safe from.....oh, wait.

Kinda makes you really wonder about the U.N., especially since Cuba ran unopposed in its "regional grouping".

'How can that be?' you ask. 'It's in the region of North America, isn't it?'

Au contrair .....the U.S. and Canada are in the "Western Europe and Others" grouping (along with Austrailia and New Zealand).
Huh????? Either the UN is REALLY bad at geography, or we got some racial profilin' goin' on here, Lucy. Of course, I don't know what other countries are in Cuba's "regional grouping," but it sure makes me curious.

Hmm, I seem to remember that Iraq was on the Human Rights Commission, too. Maybe that says it all about the U.N.

[4/28/2003 12:48:11 PM | Susie K]
Classes start today. oh joy. Why did I sign up for two? I must be nuts! especially since this inertia thing is lingering...Maybe I ought to start eating energy bars or something, for when the coffee wears off.....
I think I shall have to write a paean to ellipses.....

Oh versatile ellipsis!
I sing thy praises.....
The unappreciated punctuation mark,
I salute thee;
The caesura personified:

( I warned you the first day about the poetry....)

[4/28/2003 11:56:21 AM | Susie K]
THIS is a must read.

[4/27/2003 12:17:49 PM | Susie K]
Oh my goodness, it is a beautiful Spring day today! The sun is shining, the temperature is moderate, there is a delicate suggestion of a breeze...if every day were like this, I would never go to work. That's because the theater would close for lack of business. Honestly, who is going to plunk down $$$$ to be inside on a day like today? It's going to be hard enough to keep the employees inside, and we are being paid to be there.
I can't think...the weather is just too nice!

[4/26/2003 12:41:52 PM | Susie K]
Musings on the perniciousness of inertia: Inertia is bad. Inertia prevents one from initiating tasks that are necessary in modern society, like laundry. I have no clean clothes to wear to work, yet I cannot command the self-discipline to gather the darks and head to the washer. Instead I will probably plunge d

Posted by Susie at 01:15 AM | Comments (2)

May 19, 2003

On campus, the entertainment is free

One of the reasons I love my little brother is he makes me laugh. I dragged myself home from a hard day at the theater to discover this email from him:


I just returned from my Microeconomics class.

On the first day, I learned many amazing things that I had no idea would be
of economic interest. Three of my new enlightenments include:

1) Walmart is a hugely successful company because they don't give paychecks
to their employees and they also screw all their customers. Hmmm...what a
great business plan.

2) General Motors builds the majority of US weapons (in an accusatory,
suspicious tone).
As opposed to ... Tyco ... I suppose...

3) O. J. Simpson was, in fact, innocent of that double murder thing, because
Mark Furman did it. You see, Furman used to be in the military, and only a
person with military training could have possibly used a knife in a deadly
way. I suppose if the murders were committed with a football, a cereal box,
or a golf club, my professor might weigh the possibility it was O. J.

I might have had to drop the class if my professor was slightly less insane.
But, his harangue is just wacky enough to be marginally entertaining, while
his soapbox oration is only slightly more phantasmagorical than a Stephen
King book. This could be fun.

He made me laugh and the day's woes dropped away.
Thanks, P.K.

Posted by Susie at 11:32 PM | Comments (1)

April 25, 2003

I love Frank. Frank, I did not vote for the monkey.

Did I ask for your opinion? That's what I want to say to all those whiny hollywood types who feel the big chill from making anti-war statements. Since when does Joe Cabdriver go on Charlie Rose to spout his political opinions? Just because I think Janeane Garofalo was hysterical in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion does not mean her opinion on anything matters to me, and I fail to understand why she thinks it should. Of course, if all these talk shows stop letting celebrities blather on about their politics, and make them stick to promoting their movies or albums or whatever, that would be censorship, right? Just like it's censorship because Diane Sawyer has not interviewed Rachel Lucas...

Ah, the elixir of life....yes, I am referring to that most delightful of beverages, coffee. I fail to understand how civilization operated smoothly prior to the invention (discovery?) of coffee.

Posted by Susie at 09:21 AM | Comments (1)