August 30, 2009

Up to bat again

So yesterday I had an interview with a theater for an Assistant Manager position. It's full time and salaried. I'm torn about whether I should hope to get the job or not. On the one hand, it's my field, and I need a job. On the other, a dozen years of retail have made me hate the public. I've always hated meeting people I don't know, but my acting skills were good enough to fake it. Now, it's almost like I can't be bothered anymore. That will not do in a customer service job.

I'll just try and remember how much I like having minions...and a paycheck.

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December 03, 2007

Update at 11...or maybe on the 11th...

My nephew loaned me his copy of Glen Beck's An Inconvenient Book. I'm only up to chapter 9, but that's because I have to rest up between chapters. A woman can only laugh so hard without stopping to breathe...

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October 17, 2007

Waiting for Vicodin, OR I Miss my Morphine!

For some reason I got kind of selective about what I blog. For example, my Dad died last December and this is the first I've posted about it. I miss him, but he was kind of already gone when the Alzheimer's finally did in his body. Hospitals have that kind of association for me--you know, death. But I came home from the hospital today*, sans one appendix, and I didn't die, which is a good thing.

Of course, I don't know how close, if at all, death may have been, because in real life they don't tell you that stuff. They just give you morphine for the sudden agonizing pain, stick you in some machinery that tells them what might be causing it, and give you the opportunity to compare the various ceiling fixtures in different areas of the hospital as they wheel your personal trolley around.

I had my tonsils out when I was 6, and the pre-op memories are surprisingly similar to this Sunday's. The post-op memories are quite different. When I was six, I woke up in a crib in a room full of dead-looking people and a nurse yelled at me to stop throwing up blood because she was sick of cleaning me up. This time I was the only one in a large, brightly-lit room, except for a very nice nurse who spoke my name in a friendly, conversational tone before I got another long tour of ceiling fixtures and elevator ceilings. I suspect a lot of my psychological problems would have been reversed if I'd had this nurse back then.

I think they would have shoved me out the door on Monday except for the fact I had come down with bronchitis on Friday night. It's really hard to cough when you have three holes in your lower abdomen. Hint: DO NOT get bronchitis before your appendix becomes inflamed. In fact, just stay away from your brother-in-law altogether because he's always got something. Also, you should eat some chili before-hand, because they won't let you go home until you "pass gas" and it's hard to fart when you haven't eaten anything in two days.

My assistant manger brought me flowers when she came to see me. That was very sweet, considering I know what we pay her! All of my sisters stopped in at various times, and at one point three of them took turns shampooing my hair. But my best visitor was my niece, the new bride, who brought me real coffee! She made it her own self, at her home, and put milk and sugar in it and brought it to me in a travel mug. That young woman is an angel!


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June 15, 2007

Real Americans can quote Office Space

Since school got out, I've been working 12-hour days, and training my new Assistant Manager on my days off, which is as good an excuse for not blogging as I can come up with. Or maybe that's supposed to be "for which with I up can come" if you're worried about that whole dangling participle thing. I, on the other hand, am worried about giving Harvey ammunition (which I just did anyway).

It's a sad reflection on our society that the parents of my employees have not been seeing to their proper education, as evinced by the fact that many of them have never seen the movie Airplane!. Granted, most all of them were not even born yet when this movie was released, but even my 11-year-old nephew can trade quotes from it at family dinners. It's a part of American culture!

I have therefore decided to take on the responsibility of seeing that the kids who work for me become well-rounded citizens and am going to loan them my copies of Airplane!, Young Frankenstein, Office Space, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and possibly Murder By Death.

Are there any I'm forgetting?

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April 08, 2007

Lame Post #537

Happy Easter! It's a particularly happy one, because it's the last day of Spring Break, and tomorrow we go back to "normal" hours--until summer, anyway. Yay!

Here's a poser for you--how can there be 102 people watching a movie, none of whom can be bothered to come out to the lobby and mention that the movie popped out of frame...until after the credits roll? It wasn't even subtle! When I got up to the projection booth, there was a black line across the middle of the screen, and the top of the frame was in the bottom half, and the bottom was in the top half. Yet, not one person came out to mention that there was something wrong with the film. I don't get it. Were we supposed to know there was a problem by the disturbance in the Force?

Sometimes I wonder, I really do...

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January 31, 2007

Random Thought

I guess as a way to keep the IT guys buy, Windows Vista came out today.

I'm waiting for Windows Event Horizon, myself....

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October 18, 2006

Car and Driver

I think I'm having a mid-life crisis. Or, maybe I've just gone insane. I sold my beloved Tracer and bought a Hyundai Accent.

The funny thing is, I had decided that when I bought a new car, it would be a sedan, and it would not be blue. So what do I fall in love with while test-driving? A "three-door" "ice blue" car! It was either fate or severe mental defect...

Of course, I now have massive car payments to make, as well as increased insurance and license plate costs. And have I had any luck on the new job front? Nope. Nada. Zilch.

It seems like no one wants to take a chance on an over-qualified, over-educated woman whose work experience is primarily in retail. They don't seem to understand that if you can make it to the top in retail, you can handle anything anyone can throw at you.

I thought I did pretty well in the interviews (when I got interviews). After all, how many hundreds of applicants have I interviewed over the years? But, they always seem to go with "another candidate."

Maybe I need to stop applying for jobs for which I know I am qualified, and start applying for openings about which I haven't a clue--Widget Production Overseer or Ballet Instructor, perhaps. I know virtually nothing about so many things! Race Horse Handicapping, Automotive Repair, Surgical Nursing and Astrophysics all come to mind.

Hmmm... I think I'll go check the want ads for Heavy Equipment Operators...

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September 01, 2006

Prison of Decay

It seems I have lost the will to blog. There have been things I could have vented about, but instead I played computer solitare. Part of the problem is I am depressed about my work situation. I wish I was in a financial position to just throw in the towel. I'm not doing either myself or the theater justice in my current state of mind. I'm apathetic about things that used to rile me up. Who cares if the kids just stand around instead of working? I'm not paying them. Why does it matter if the books are off a penny? Is it worth my time to track down the error? So what if some of the breakers get left on at night? It's not my electric bill. So many things that I should, as a good manager, care about have fallen through the cracks and I really don't give a hoot.

I'd make a break for it
But I can't run away,
I'm going to be stuck
Inside of here everyday.
I'm just a piece of trash
That someone threw away,
I'm doing time in your
Prison of Decay.

{lyrics © 2006 by CHAOTICA}

Oddly enough, I don't think this song was written about my job--but it sure seems to fit...

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June 15, 2006

Killing two birds

I've been procrastinating adding new Alliance members. I was going to do it on Tuesday, but I put it off until today. I was going to do it today, but decided to take a nap instead. Now that I've had my nap, I decided to blog about not doing it rather than just get it over with.

This way, I now have a post for today and still haven't added the new members... I see a new career path opening up ahead of me: Procrastination Consultant!

Now I just need a catchy slogan....

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May 04, 2006

Abby Somebody

My dad always used to say "You learn something new every day." (He's full of aphorisms, from advice about catching flies with honey to keeping quiet if you don't have a positive remark). Yesterday I learned something new--that I probably have ADD.

Interesting, isn't it? That "normal" really isn't. Or rather, that it's self-defined based on one's own experience. For me, it's always been perfectly normal to be able to focus profoundly on one task to the exclusion of others, and yet at the same time be unable to watch television unless I am also crocheting or reading or snacking. Being devoted to the "pile" method of organization is apparently also a pointer to this condition. I wouldn't be at all surprised if my tendency to go through hobbies the way a shark knifes through the water is also a "symptom," although my sister and I didn't discuss that one when she told me that one of her daughters had been diagnosed as having ADD and that the doctor suspects she has it as well.

The question is, do I really need another disorder? I already have the panic thing, some OCD and various phobias, so my quota of current trendy conditions is about full. On the other hand, I suppose it's possible that getting my brain chemicals realigned to fix the ADD might fix some of the other stuff too--if I have ADD.

Someday, when I get health insurance, I might look into it. In the meantime--Oooooh! Something shiny!!!!

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April 19, 2006

Time flies when you're not having fun

It doesn't seem like it's been over a week since I posted. A lot of that "spare" time was taken up with pruning the Alliance roster and compiling a new, all inclusive* blogroll. Sometimes I got bogged down reading the blogs I was checking for compliance. Since everybody already stated their opinions about things I have opinions about, and I pretty much agreed with them, there didn't seem any point in reiterating--especially since stopping to blog that I agreed with what was being blogged would have slowed down the whole updating-the-blogroll thing, and that was taking enough time as it was. Adding compliant blogs was simpler (thanks to Blogrolling's one-click add feature) than dumping (no thanks to Typepad's awkward "typelists" that won't alphabetize) the blank or revamped blogs, so I erred on the side of leniency. As it was, I dumped over 100 blogs. What fun!

Anyway, I guess I have a sort of mental writer's cramp. Only, it's the opposite. I mean that I haven't been writing because I don't have anything to write about--most all the work disasters are reruns of previous disasters (although the poltergeist activity seems to be getting worse), and nothing interesting is going on in my personal life (although that's nothing new). Nothing I've read has been thrilling enough to share, and I haven't seen a movie in ages (I just hate going into work on my day off, you know? And rentals are so darned expensive! Especially when I could have seen the movie for free if I'd gone into work on my day off.) I don't watch TV (the budgetary choice being between cable and DSL, and high speed internet access wins) so I don't get this "Bauer" obsession I see all over the blogosphere.

Too bad the Bonfire is kaput...

* I have since discovered at least one blog that was listed at HQ but not on the blogroll, which I then had to add, so at some point I am going to have to triple-check my work.

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February 15, 2006

And this doesn't even have a 'working title' let alone an actual one

Belated Happy Valentine's Day! to my readers.

I used to send people Valentines, first by mail, and then by e-card, but I have gotten out of the habit of celebrating "holidays" like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and President's Day and Secretary's Day and Feed Your Moose Cheese Day. I think this is because a) I have to work on Memorial Day and Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day and Easter and Christmas, so the "minor" holidays all blend together as just another Day I Don't Get To Party and 2) it's gotten so that the calendar is so cluttered with Days you can only tell what holiday is coming up by what color candy that Walgreen's is selling (as I type I suspect that all the red and pink candy is being moved to make room for the green, which in a month will make room for the pastels, followed by the red, white and blue)...

However, yesterday was my day off, so I got treated to dinner out and one red carnation. More holidays ought to be celebrated on Tuesdays--at least until I find a job outside of retail....

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January 19, 2006

A Grand Day Out Around

Well, I had every intention of blogging this morning, but the Pepsi people called and I had to go let the driver into the theater. My mom needed to go to the grocery, and since she doesn't drive and there's a supermarket right next to theater I dropped her off to pick up a few things.

My mother has never been very good with city geography. I think because she has never driven herself, she has never bothered to pay attention to what places are where--especially in relation to other places. My siblings and I joke that you can start off the day with plans for a quick trip to run Mom up to Walgreen's, and by afternoon you've got a couple hundred miles on your car, and she's saying "Now, if it's not too much trouble, could we just swing by the airport--this is REALLY the last stop" when you had already been right next to the airport four stops earlier, and were currently 20 miles away on the exact opposite side of the city in rush hour traffic.

That explains why I spent my afternoon sitting in one of the few remaining license bureau branches: mom's state ID card was expired, and she needed a new one.

A few months back I remarked on Indiana's plan to "improve customer service" by closing some license branches. The plan has obviously taken effect, as service has improved to the point where we waited 2 hours and 10 minutes for our turn, when previously our wait would have been only 20 minutes or so. They've changed a couple of other things to increase their efficiency, too. Formerly, there were separate stations for different transactions--license lines, plate lines, title lines, etc.--and some of the lines got through their customers faster than others. Now ALL the lines provide customers with the equal opportunity to be behind the man who needed titles and plates for ten trucks and trailers...

I suppose the trade off here is that those of us who sat for over 2 hours for our five minutes of governmental attention shortened the wait time for the ones who needed three hours of it (seriously, the man with the fleet of trucks was in the midst of his business when we sat down to wait and was still being helped 130 minutes later when we left, although by that time there were now two clerks and a supervisor puzzling over the computer screen..), but I really think they should have kept the *now serving number 12,956* system because it was very frustrating not knowing how many people there were in front of us (it turns out it was ALL of them).

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November 19, 2005

If I vote "present" does that mean I don't have to blog anything today?

I woke up with a slight back ache this morning. I hope it works itself out and isn't a precursor to a back "outage" to come. My late uncle (by marriage) used to say that my family has strong minds and weak backs, while his had strong backs and weak minds.

I can't remember any particular over-exertion that might have caused a strain, although yesterday I did pick up a metal pole that turned out to be surprisingly heavy. I don't know what the pole was for--it was propped behind the door of the storeroom at the theater, and fell down when I was doing inventory yesterday. It has three or four identical twins back there with it. Because I don't know what it is, I can't throw it away--it came with the building and technically belongs to the landlord.

The building is full of mysterious items that lurk in dark corners, taking up valuable storage space. Up in the projection booth there is at least a half a ton of old projector components like broken rectifiers and 16mm projector parts and reels that don't fit any equipment we use. We have to keep them, though, because they are on the pre-rental inventory (which is with a bunch of paperwork in my file cabinet that includes warranties for things we don't have, but which I have to keep because they're on the list, too).

The other day I was wandering through my blogroll, and was pretty surprised to find that some of my former "regular reads" aren't blogging anymore. I don't know if it's blogging burnout or if there's a deeper conspiracy at work. Luckily, some of my favorites have survived the curse....

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November 07, 2005

The Annals of Insanity

This Neopets plot is really cutting into my blogging time. I've been running all over a 5 level pyramid reading scroll after scroll, looking for clues. When I find the clue, I have to go find the correct chamber in the Temple of a Thousand Tombs for my next puzzle piece. The puzzle piece gives me a new set of scrolls to read! It's pretty addictive--I spent most of my time at work yesterday wanting to "just run home for a minute" to play some more...

My favorite section in the pyramid is called "Special Arts Collection: Pasta Based Artwork" because it makes me think of raw macaroni glued to cardboard and spray-painted gold. Other sections have names like "Snarkie Answers to Stupid Questions" and "Underwater Basket Weaving." So far, I haven't had to read anything in "Secrets of Dirigible Construction," but I've been through "The Annals of Insanity" twice.

Well, off to "Grouting Archives"....

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November 04, 2005

Lost Desert Literature (non-fiction)

I'm alive, and recovering from my cold. I'd say I'm about 90%. Anyway, things have been heating up on the Neopets plot front, so that's where I've been spending all my non-working, non-sleeping time. At the moment I have my second useless crystal, and I'm waiting until daylight peeks through to display the light code--here's a screenie of the first light show (from the first useless crystal):
crystal lights.jpg(c) 2000-2005 Neopets, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used With Permission

The second light show reportedly uses orange, green and purple as well as the three primary colors.

I'd explain it to you, but then I'd have to kill you...

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October 06, 2005

A full tank of gas, a half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sun glasses....

Well, after a little brainstorming (and a hint from my sister-in-law) I ordered my brother the 25th anniversary version of The Blues Brothers DVD for his birthday. I also got one of my sisters a "memory tumbler" from Starbucks and put this picture in it (that's her little darling).

For my other October birthday sister I ordered some daffodil and tulips bulbs from Dutch Gardens. (Yeah, it's a little late to be ordering bulbs when it's almost time to be planting them, but the way the weather has been lately it'll probably be fine as long as she gets them before Thanksgiving!). I could have gone to Lowe's or somewhere and grabbed some cheap bulbs off a shelf to make sure she gets them on time, but it's worth the wait to get the quality bulbs. Although I haven't gardened seriously in a decade, I must have planted hundreds of tulips, daffodils, gladioli and lilies over the years, and Dutch Gardens are the best to be found.

I'm getting frustrated with the Neopets mystery--there've been no new clues in a week, and I'm about ready to give up.

Have I mentioned that I need a vacation?

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October 01, 2005

October? Already?

Man, the older I get, the faster the year goes by. Not only is Halloween just around the corner, but I have two siblings with birthdays in 12 days and another one with a birthday 11 days after that! My parents must have been snowed-in in January a lot...

I have no clue what to get them for birthday presents. Yes, I have known them all 40-some years, but all three make a lot more money that I do, and so can buy pretty much anything they want. Sigh. I can't even buy my brother a tie, since he works in a factory-type setting and wears polo shirts to work. One year I got him a Simpson's chess set. I wonder if he needs a new wallet...

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September 22, 2005

Honey, How Was Your Day?

Woke up. Made coffee. Drank coffee. Read some blogs. Played some Neopets. Checked out Rita.

Ok, let's try this: instead of my giving you all a topic to discuss in the comments, you all give me a topic in the comments to blog about?


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July 15, 2005

Status Report

Well, we're about half-way through July today, which means in a few weeks the kids go back to school...yay! That means I'll go back to getting two days off a week...yay! It means that on inventory day I can go in at noon instead of 10...yay!
Oh, drat--today's inventory day. I have to go to work shortly...not yay...

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June 28, 2005

If it's Belgium, this must be Tuesday

I'm still having a problem keeping the days of the week straight, and with next Monday being another holiday (I need to dust off my copy of 1776 in preparation) I afraid my confusion is going to get even worse. If I worked a nine-to-five job it wouldn't matter so much, but since my work schedule depends on what day of the week it is, I'm afraid that one of these days I'm going to go in at noon when I should go at 6pm, or worse, think I'm supposed to go in at six when I should've been there at noon.

I didn't used to be so spacey. In fact, my mom still brags about my memory (which, thank God, is still better than hers, but since she's in her 70's now that's not saying a lot). It's also taking me longer to dredge up those tidbits of trivia that so impress people that when they are watching a movie on TV and can't remember the name of it they call me and describe it so I can tell them what it is. It used to be that I could walk through a room and see a snippet of a film on the TV screen and know exactly what it was. Now I know I know it, but the title is back in a dusty file cabinet drawer that just won't open no matter how hard I tug.

Yes, my brain needs a file clerk.

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June 17, 2005

At least the weather's cooler

Did I post yesterday? I don't remember. I had such a bad day at work Wednesday that I spent much of Thursday in a fog. The good thing is, I did get to see Matthew McConaughey without his shirt on in Sahara. The bad thing is, my work week is starting again and I don't feel like I've had a day off.

Wednesdays are usually stressful anyway, what with the twelve-hour shift and the irrationality of 50¢ day customers. This one was worse, because there were a lot of little irritants--sort of like a paper cut: it's not bad enough to bandage, but it hurts like hell.

Parts kept jumping off projectors, so that I had problems with all three of them at various times. A toilet paper dispenser fell off the wall in one of the men's rooms, and the storage cabinet locks had gotten so sticky with "butter" that we had to buy graphite when we bought the liquid nails to remount the TP holder. But worst of all, my hopes were dashed when the GM informed me that the owner had decided we weren't going to get the computer that we had been promised, and was supposed to be installed yesterday. Since both the GM and I thought I was getting the computer, we had let our ticket supply run out, so I'm starting the weekend off on the thin edge of ticketlessness.

I think if we run out, I'll just let the people come in without paying. That'll teach the owner not to disappoint me!

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June 07, 2005

Of Calendars, Commodes and Kerry...

I've been having a hard time keeping track of what day of the week it is, first with Memorial Day and then with my work schedule changing once school got out. I don't just "know" what day it is, I have to think about it--try and remember what yesterday was, look at the calendar and see if that makes sense, and try to recall what hours I worked yesterday (6-12) and what I'm supposed to work today (12-6). I don't like being confused. If I ever get senior dementia or whatever they call it, I'm going to be a very unhappy camper. I hope that once I get used to the new schedule I'll start being able to keep track again, otherwise I might have to see my doctor and ask her to check me for cerebral vapor-lock.

Some days I get the impression that our customers have self-flushing toilets and motion-detector faucets at home, since a lot of them don't seem to know that they should give the commode handle a tug or turn off the water when they are through using the sink.

I read somewhere that John Effing Kerry plans to start impeachment proceedings against the President because of some British memos. Talk about a sore loser! The story said he was going to introduce it to the Senate yesterday. Since I didn't see any headlines to that effect this morning, I wonder if he meant he was going to put it on his "to do" list on Monday, right after "release military records."

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June 02, 2005

I need chocolate....

Things are buggin' me. Stuff that I have no control over has a tendency to make me crazy. If something's broke, I like to get it fixed.
Ripples. Ramifications. I see them, but I can't do anything about them--yet. Waiting..... Grrr. I hate waiting. I'll deal with it tomorrow, but it's really bugging me tonight. After all, there might not even be a problem. But if there is...I guess I must be a control freak, because I hate it when I'm at the mercy of events.

No, I don't want to talk about it. Maybe tomorrow...

You'll probably think it's stupid to be bent out of shape over 'em, anyway. I kind of do, myself....

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May 18, 2005

Second Place wins two weeks in Buffalo....

Don't know what to post today. I have a photo of a car I thought would be perfect for White Trash Wednesday, but my scanner isn't working. I haven't wandered the blogroll for inspiration, either. I've been playing computer solitaire all morning. It's just that kind of day I guess.

Now I have to go into work for my own White Trash Wednesday, and deal with people who ask for a Senior Discount on 50¢ day....

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May 16, 2005

False Starts

We're trying to do a restroom makeover at the theater, and the DM suggested I purchase new sanitary napkin disposal containers for the ladies' rooms.

There's a discussion of women in combat over in the comments at Sarah the Penguin's and, as expected, the boys and the girls are speaking different languages.

One of my family members borrowed my Attack of the Clones DVD but returned the case without disc one and everyone denies doing it.

In my wanderings I encountered a diatribe against people who publicly divide their blogrolls into categories based on how much they like or read the blogs. I've already closed the tabs, and I don't remember where I got off the beaten track, but it was a blog I'd never read before. [I got there from a post by someone I hardly ever read who--erroneously, I believe-- felt the post was aimed at them.] It made me think of the "non-graded primary school" system that resulted in a generation of children unable to compose a complete sentence (with noun and verb), let alone read a newspaper, just because some well-meaning ex-hippies believed that feelings would be hurt if under-achievers were forced to repeat their school-work until they actually learned it. People whose feelings are hurt because they are on a less-than-premiere blogroll need to get therapy. Bloggers who think that other bloggers should not publicly make judgments about what they like and don't like shouldn't make judgments.

Humans get their panties in a twist over the strangest things. After we had one too many people trying to get their six-year-olds in for free by carrying them and claiming the child was 2, we had to abolish the "under 2 free" policy and charge everybody the same. At least once a week I get a screamer, usually the mother, who is outraged at having to pay ONE WHOLE DOLLAR for the convenience of not paying a babysitter while she goes to a movie.

I hate people.

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April 18, 2005

If God had intended me to draw he'd have given me graphite fingernails

I'm still in a mood, but I managed to type up our Fire Safety Plan anyway. I also designed a form to document our quartely fire drill, since we need to keep copious records of when we held the drill, who participated, and how many customers were trampled in the chaos. I'm not happy with the "map" we made to visually represent the various escape routes, but I don't have any graph paper on hand (I couldn't draw a straight line if you paid me a million dollars) so I'll have to buy some when I stop for Equal. To tide me over, I downloaded some from the internet. I love the internet. It's not just for perverts anymore...

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April 17, 2005

It's a long way to tip a rarie

I'm in a mood. Sort of restless and bored at the same time. It's too early to go to bed, but I don't feel like reading or watching a movie or playing a game. I have to type up our evacuation plan for the Fire Marshal, but I don't feel like doing that either. And I forgot to stop to buy Equal on my way home from work, so I'm going to have a Bad Coffee Day tomorrow.

The fire drill went well. We got out of the theater and to our assemby point in a minute and a half. Of course, that's without customers to slow us down. Maybe we could just leave the customers in case of a fire....

Kidding. I'm kidding. But they are going to kill our "record" time. You know, wanting to be sure they will get their fifty cents back since the movie's stopped, and demanding they get their free refill because they wouldn't have bought a large if they'd known the building was going to catch on fire--the sort of thing they absolutely have to talk to the manager about before they will budge an inch.

Of course, the manager is going to be at the assemby point with the employees, and you can be damned sure she didn't stop to grab a handful of passes on her way out.

Maybe I need a new sign: View image

By the way, don't buy the Star Wars M&Ms--the colors are ugly.

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April 15, 2005

Of Blogs and Men

It feels a little strange to not have homework anymore. I actually had a day off yesterday where I didn't have a chapter to read or an assignment to complete and I kind of miss it.

While I was immersed in my final project for my final class my 100k visitor dropped by unnoticed, but since I still owe the prize for the 4000th commenter I guess that's just as well--you sadistic fiends probably would have demanded a novel (or a lap dance) for the person who turned over the odometer.

Thanks to the Great and Powerful Pixy Misa I was reminded that my own blogiversary is coming up on the 25th. Send cash or pictures of scantily-clad fireman.

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April 03, 2005

Inane Post #934

Couldn't sleep so did some Alliance stuff. Have to work in an hour and a half. You guys had to change your clocks and I didn't---nahner nahner! I have to change my MT time zone, though, and you don't....pout pout. I now have the same time as Chicago instead of Toledo.

Like you care.

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March 22, 2005

Looking for Godot

Why do companies make their voice mail systems so difficult to navigate?

I can understand it's cheaper to have a phone bank in Calcutta than live customer service reps in every time zone on the globe, but have you ever noticed how, once you have worked your way through all the various options, you have to enter your account number (which, by the way, you invariably have to repeat anyway, if you finally reach a human)? What if you don't have an account with the company you are calling? Are non-customers not also potential customers?

People are always leaving things in the theaters. If it's a hat or glove or toy we put it in the lost and found box. But if it's a wallet or a purse or a cell phone I try to track down the owner. (I used to assume that the people who lost these things would contact us, but after three different cell phones sat on my desk for a month I started getting pro-active).

Most people don't seem to have their contact information in their cell phone, so unless their address book has an entry labeled "mom" or "home" it's difficult to contact them directly. (And even when they do, we have, on occasion, been yelled at by relatives of the phone's owner for looking up their number). A lot of people also don't have their phone number on their checks (yes, we find checkbooks) and many people whose wallets have been dropped don't seem to be listed in the phone book--at least not at the address on their drivers' license.

So, I call companies--cell phone companies, banks, insurance agencies, doctor's offices...and run into the voice mail maze; almost every time I bang smack into the account number wall, because I don't have an account with them. (One time I tried entering the phone number of the cell whose owner I was trying to find, and ended up getting them credited for one minute of long distance. Another time a bank wanted the account number so I entered it, but then it wanted a PIN!). It used to be you could just pretend you had a rotary phone, not push any buttons, and it would eventually switch you to a person. Now they have "voice recognition" to get around the rotary problem (which is how I ended up getting the long distance credit--when asked to describe my issue I said I had found a lost cell phone--it picked up on the "lost" I guess and decided I had lost a conversation or a connection or something).

If you ever drop your cell phone in my theater, make sure your service provider is T-mobile. They actually have humans, who work on weekends, who will contact you and tell you that your phone is on my desk. Stay away from Sprint--I never was able to reach a person there, and they are closed on weekends.

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March 01, 2005


March is roaring in like a wildebeest and I've slept away most of the day. I did need to catch up on my sleep, but now I feel all blurry. I need my drug of choice (caffeine) to get me going, but if I drink coffee this late in the day I'll never get to sleep tonight tomorrow morning, and then I'll be operating at half-speed for 50¢ day...

I still have my accounting homework hanging over me (if I stand up too quickly I'll whack my head on it) so I have to close MT and open Excel....spreadsheet, here I come!

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February 23, 2005


So I'm working on this story for bullwinkle and---look! Something shiny!!!

The trailer for Hitchhiker's Guide looks wicked cool. Only I expected Marvin to be taller.

I accidentally read a Ted Rall column. He said that "Death threats against liberal pundits are commonplace among, and essentially unique to, the right-wing blogs." At first I was annoyed that he could get away with such a smear against conservative bloggers, but then I realized he was telling the MSM version of the truth--left wing blogs never threaten death to liberal pundits. It's all how you word it, I guess.

I may start posting my "To Do" Lists...only they wouldn't be half as entertaining as this one...

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February 11, 2005

Much Ado About Something

So much to say, so little inclination to say it. Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet for rightous indignation. I could go on amusingly for several paragraphs about having to suffer through Ted Kennedy on Charlie Rose only to discover that Evil Glenn's segment wasn't airing. Or I could wax indignant about the pathetic state of a society where people toss their newborns out their car windows. That story definitely goes into the "What is Wrong With People?" file. I suppose could talk about the headache I have this morning, which is most likely sinus-related (one beer does not a hang-over make), or the horrors of the weekend to come with five "family" movies showing.

Then there's the annoyance of JIT (just in time) which we are covering in class this week. JIT is the latest business trend. It means that rather than keep stocks of materials on hand, businesses order them "just in time" to lower their inventory costs. So what happens? The customer gets screwed. Of course, they don't tell you that in the text book. In theory, the JIT "philosophy" sounds great. But in real life, it means that I have to make three or four trips out to Office Depot to see if the thermal register paper I need for my cash registers is in stock yet, and when they finally do have it, I buy twice as much as I really need just so I won't run out. Then, when I do run out, they are out of stock again! So guess what? I am now going to Staples to buy my thermal paper. How's that JIT working out for you, Office Depot? Because, as long as I am already there at Staples, I might as well pick up white-out and notepads and a few other odds and ends that I need...

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February 03, 2005

When Spam Attacks

It seems Pixy had to turn off our comments and trackbacks because we were inundated with crapflooders and denial-of-service attacks. Somebody needs to make these guys get a different hobby--weaving rugs or collecting sparklely rocks would be socially acceptable alternatives. In the meantime I will assure myself that the only reason I haven't gotten any comments in the last 24 hours is not that my last post was totally lame, but because hundreds of my adoring fans had been silenced....

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January 21, 2005

Nothing to Say: Day 3

Susie looked out upon the pristine white landscape and wondered if winter was ever going to end. It was pretty, yes--but only because the tools of civilization had not yet left their mark upon its unbroken expanse. And only if one did not have to venture out in it to avoid starvation, or worse: loss of DSL due to non-payment.

There had been a time in her life when she had loved winter. Fresh snowfall had meant no school: a day of constructing snow forts and snow families and hot cocoa with marshmallows shared with equally exhausted but equally exhilarated siblings. Those carefree days, however, had been slowly dying, ever since she regretfully passed along her last snowsuit to the younger ones.

She couldn't quite pinpoint the moment when winter stopped being an adventure and started being a chore. Perhaps it was the day she skidded into a snowbank next to an icy bridge shortly after obtaining her drivers' license. More likely it was the day she realized that even though school might be cancelled, work never was.

Susie sighed. It was the start of her work week. The car wasn't going to clear itself. The forecasters were predicting six to eight more inches by tomorrow.

There was only one thing to do.

Scream "Life sucks and then you die!"

And look for her boots.

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January 20, 2005

Does this post make me look fat?

Topic-less two days running--I hope it's not a precursor to beal! That would be bad...

I had actually planned to do homework today, but life makes lemonade when you're not looking, or something like that. Here it is afternoon and all I've accomplished is throwing together a marinade for some cheap beef I bought. I used pineapple juice, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, so it looks like it's going to end up Oriental eventually. I may have to go to the store for rice--the cupboards are pretty bare.

Have I mentioned that grocery shopping is a love/hate thing with me? Maybe like/loathe is a better description. I like finding foods I enjoy on sale. I loathe doing it at a store the size of the Atlanta airport. Usually I just run into Walgreens on the way home from work and grab whatever soup they have on sale, partly because it's quick and partly because my day off is the day before payday. (Hint: there's too much week left at the end of the money).

If I do decide I need rice for whatever I end up cooking, I have to dig my car out to go get it. Oh, joy.

Beef and potatoes, that's the ticket!

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November 26, 2004

Post Holiday Report

I hope we are slammed this weekend, that folks are so exhausted from hitting the 5am After-Thanksgiving Sales that they just want to veg out in front of a mindless dollar movie. Unfortunately, it's been so long since we'd had a sold-out show that I'm afraid the clerks will have forgotten how to handle a rush.

That's ok, as long as we get a rush.

Thanksgiving dinner at my sister's was great. Luckily she has a big enough house for the twenty-three of us to mill around without jostling elbows, although we did have to take turns sitting at the dining room table. But because it was served buffet-style, that worked out pretty well, especially since a couple of my other sisters and brothers and their families drifted in after making appearances at their in-laws.

The secret to really great pumpkin pie: equal volume of whipped cream topping.

I had to bail early to get to work, where I was pretty useless since I had about as much energy as a python after swallowing an oil worker. I think next year I'll take the early shift so I can nap after my massive turkey consumption....

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November 25, 2004

What whine goes with turkey?

Blank. (Phew! now that there's something on the page, maybe I can shake off having been hypnotized by the throbbing cursor and blog something.)

Happy Thanksgiving, Gentle Readers!

Hmm. Now what? It snowed last night. I had to scrape my car off when I left work, for the first time of many to come this winter. Snow is great--as long as I'm inside and don't have to go anywhere. I loathe driving in it. I hope it will have melted off by the time I have to set off over the river and through the woods to my sister's house for the family banquet. Luckily it is an early afternoon feast, since I have to go play with projectors tonight. Sigh. Despite the fact that business has been good on Thanksgivings past, this year the big retailers are open today, which will probably cut into our ticket sales. The owner, of couse, will demand to know what I have done wrong...

That is one frustration I'm getting really tired of dealing with--the fact that all our equipment is totally jank. The other day one of our projectors suddenly started turning off its light bulb in mid-movie for no reason that I can determine and at completely random intervals. This means that the screen goes completely dark for the five minutes or so it takes for a customer to come out and tell me, and for me to go upstairs and manually restart the bulb. The film continues playing this whole time, so the customers get to pretend they are blind, sitting in the dark and listening to the audio. Then they don't understand why I can't rewind the movie.... Yesterday the first showing played fine, the second showing had the bulb go out three times and the last showing played all the way through without incident. Unfortunately, the middle showing had ten times as many customers as the other two. The owner wants to know why business is off. Duh! When I point out the almost daily equipment failure, he says I am making excuses. Aauuuuggggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

He told me that he's thinking about going to first run. Ha!

Ah, well, time to beautify myself so I can spill gravy on my best blouse. There had better be pumpkin pie. I need Cool Whip™!

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October 26, 2004

Yeah, Peter...I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday...mmmkay?

Since today is my "weekend" I had pizza for supper when I got home from work last night. I would have had a beer with it, but I forgot to put one in the fridge when I drank the last cold one. Just as well, since I have to go let the projector repairman into the theater this afternoon. We've been having "issues" with the sound in theater 2--it intermittently gets quiet and then loud during a movie. For some reason the customers don't like that. Whaddaya want for fiddy cents? Sheesh. Some days I just want to say "Lady, if you wanted to see a movie that didn't have scratches on, you should've forked out the $7.50 to see it first run." Don't get me wrong--we try to give the customer the best we have to give (which is why I have to go let the repairman in to look at the speaker). But the reason we can charge only a buck for a ticket is we don't have to repay a capital investment for stadium seating with cup holders and Dolby digital surround sound and a concessions stand constructed this century. Some people don't get that. I bet they walk into Dollar General and ask where the Ferragamo handbags are.

I don't mean to sound cynical, but I can't help but wonder if people are really as stupid as they act sometimes. Last night a man called and asked what time our last movie was, and I told him 9:40. "What have you got showing around 8?" he asked. I don't understand the "sequitur" there. It's like the lady who dragged her crying child out of "Haunted Mansion" saying she didn't know there would be ghosts in it, or the customer who asked "What's the name of that "miracle" movie?" (Do you mean 'Miracle'?). Are they really that stupid? I hope not, because they get into cars to drive home.

Before I worked in retail I used to assume that everyone was as intelligent as my family is--and by that I mean that our level of intelligence was "normal" and that there might be a few people smarter and a few people who had suffered brain damage but by-and-large the average person could figure out that it's not a good idea to let small children play with dry cleaning bags and that you shouldn't eat the stuff they use to keep medicine dry. Now I know why they put "Caution: Cutting edge is sharp. Avoid contact" on Reynolds Wrap™. Although, if someone doesn't understand that something that "cuts" is going to be "sharp," I don't know why Reynolds Wrap™ assumes they can read....must be a liability thing...

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October 22, 2004

The Blogging Menace Returns

Beal is a funny condition. It makes you think that, even though you have something to say, that something isn't good enough or witty enough or interesting enough to be said. That's why I didn't leave comments at any of the blogs I've already visited today save one--Bill's. I assume that the reason I had no trouble commenting at Bill's is because his standards are already so low that anything I might say there, no matter how pointless, would still be a shining example of articulate prose in comparison.

Which reminds me--go give Bill money. He needs his teeth fixed or a rectumectomy or something. Or maybe it was a fund to build a smoking hut so his garage ceiling doesn't get all nicotine stained. Sometimes it's hard to follow what Bill says.

Oh, and if anyone knows of a job for him please let him know--he's threatened to blog a lot more now that he's unemployed, so the quicker we can get him back to work, the safer we'll all be.... :)

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August 25, 2004

Too little time on my hands....

Pixy Misa is a baaad mutha.....I have been spending all my time at the new munu portal, mostly playing games but also just poking around, looking at all the cool stuff. Thus I have been neglecting my blogging, blog-reading, and schoolwork (although the latter is minimal at this point. My Adviser-cum-Dean advised me that the summer class will count, so now I need to drop one of the two classes I've signed up for, and so I have to choose which one to axe, and I'm feeling really indecisive. But I need to order the book for the one I'm keeping today, so that I will get it by Monday. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to drop Legal and Social Environment of Business, even though it looks pretty interesting; this is because the text is published by McGraw Hill, the Trotskites responsible for the atrocity that is the leftist rag Business Week, and I've decided to boycott them.).

Hey! Google Bomb! Business Week is a leftist rag!!!!

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June 30, 2004

I owe it all to Romy and Michelle

Here I am, my one day off this week, I've got a gazillion things to do, and I just want to veg. Why on earth did I schedule the store meeting for today? Oh, it was because today was the only day someone didn't have band practice or a softball game or have to work at their other job (most all of my employees are either high school students or moonlighting. Hard to believe that no one wants to sling popcorn as a career... Even the two young men who are post high school and don't have a "day" job just work for beer money. Neither one views the theater as a step up the corporate ladder to a better life. Interestingly, they are my two best workers. Go figure.) So I have to organize my day into pre-meeting and post-meeting slices. And one of the things I need to do pre-meeting is write up an agenda.

I'm not procrastinating, honest. I've just been too busy to do more than scribble cryptic phrases on post-it notes as thoughts occur to me, and now I need to assemble the reminders into some sort of coherent presentation--if I can find all the notes.

I also have homework out the wazoo, laundry looming its repulsive visage, and a baby shower for my sister to organize. That's just what I can remember mid-coffee. I have lists somewhere. On post-it notes.

Time to assemble the paper trail....

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June 19, 2004

Next stop: the volcano

I'm having one of those mornings* where the coffee just isn't making any inroads on the daily brain re-inflation program. My thoughts are all fuzzy and I didn't even have any beer last night. At least when you have a hang-over you know you probably had a good time the night before. I can usually blog on auto-pilot while the blessed caffeine is saturating my dessicated brain cells, but it took one and a half cups to get me to that--uh, this?--point today.

I just mentally composed a paragraph. Didn't type it as I thought it. Don't remember it now. There is a serious disconnect here. Of course, I think much faster than I type, even when those thoughts are aswim in layers of thick fluffy cotton wool, but usually I remember to at least start typing when I start thinking...either the typing eventually catches up, or a new direction finishes the forgotten original concluding words.

Need more coffee.

The latest issue of We-Hate-Business Week has an article on blogging. Something about Microsoft encouraging its employees to blog on company time. I forget why I brought that up.

Do you ever worry that you had a stroke but didn't realize it at the time? Although I suppose that were my brain difficulties attributable to such a cause there would be physical impairment clues. Since all my limbs seem to be in normal (such as it is) working order, that's probably not why I'm having trouble concentrating.

Yesterday for lunch I had a McDonald's Happy Meal with apple slices instead of french fries and milk instead of pop. I ordered it for the toy. And for research, since I think I'm going to do my final paper (the 14 page one) analyzing McD's new Healthier Menu strategy. But mostly for the toy. I've been playing Neopets for three years now and they are giving out Neopets toys.

Yes, my guilty secret is finally revealed--no, not the fonts photo, the fact that a grown woman spends some of her precious spare time feeding and clothing and housing virtual critters...

*when you work for a movie theater, anything after noon but before 6pm is still morning.

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June 18, 2004

I need new shoes

I want to be witty and amusing so my readers will be glad they stopped by to see what I'm up to, but I have CLA (cerebral literary arrest). It's actually not as bad as the dreaded beal, but some medical professionals have identified its symptoms as a precursor to beal in certain cases. Other medical professionals have determined that beal is actually an early warning sign of CLA, while yet another group has stated conclusively "We don't care."

Apathy. Another symptom of beal.

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May 01, 2004

Lame Post # 72

Here it is May 1st already...time flies when you have nothing of significance to say. Of course, it IS the weekend, so most likely no one will be reading this anyway, so I can just natter on about nothing.
Except I don't even appear to have nothing.
I got nothin', folks!
Dang! I hate it when I sound like Bill!

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March 30, 2004

Sometimes it's harder to think of a title than to write a post

Yay! The Trickle works a treat! Whatever that means--I read too many British mystery novels, I guess, since I pick up the slang.

Anyway, I think I must have spent too much time reading Rocket Jones the past few days, because I seem to be getting sick. Next time, Ted, could you please try to sneeze away from the keyboard? Thanks.

This one?

or this one?

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February 08, 2004

Some stuff

Well, looks like things were pretty quiet today--that lethargy must be contagious!

Thanks to Frank I found more kitties to add to my collection! These commie kitties are only grumpy because their boots are on the wrong feet...

Pixy--the server clock must still be off by an hour. It's really only 11:40 now.

Laugh out loud.

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January 15, 2004

Wanted: original content

I'm before coffee and all clogged, but I need to post something to get back in the saddle again. I'm back! Back in the saddle again... Who did that song? I haven't heard it in a long time. Now it's going to replay in my head all day. I want to complain about all my cold symptoms, but you've heard it all before. I have more complaints about my computer and my inability to figure out how to do stuff, but ditto. The weather? same old, same old. School? Behind on my homework--what else is new?

I was going to check out the New Blog Showcase entries, but they're still last week's.

I was going to link to some cool stuff I read yesterday before my browser locked up, but I don't remember what it was or where I read it.

That leaves the last resort...pandering to my male audience and posting a boobie picture...


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December 29, 2003

...perchance to cough...

I'm feeling yucky. Now if I were Bill, I would pour out details of nasal discharge texture and color, as well as frequency of extrusion and the reactions of witnesses. I'd probably also complain about the inability to breathe, various body aches, and insomnia, no doubt adding a few gratuitous references to boobies to keep Windrider interested.

Since I am not as graphic frank as Bill in my descriptions of personal bodily functions, we won't go there. Suffice it to say I am feeling yucky, and use your imaginations....

The elusive Tiger has returned!!!!! Yay!! It's a relief to know his navel is in good condition, despite its harrowing experience. [aside: the man has a better imagination than I do! In conjuring up my worries about his absence, that scenario never entered my mind!]

I feel like I need to compose the most brilliant post the blogosphere has ever read to make up for my recent lack of depth and pingage, but the eight brain cells that are still functioning are operating in the more mundane areas of my noggin, and all I can think to write about is I decided to go with only one class this semester.

Tune in later--I'm not scheduled to work until 6 tonight, and I may get a few more synapses firing later...

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December 26, 2003

Lame post #14

I hope everyone had as an enjoyable Christmas as I did! We gathered at one of my sisters', stuffed ourselves with ham and scalloped potaotes and several thousand side dishes, and then descended on the presents like a pack of wolves on a lame fawn. Afterward, there was card playing--a game called Apples to Apples, I think, that one of the nieces and/or nephews got. I was in the group that watched The Waterboy, since that's my favorite Adam Sandler movie.

Now to work....

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December 21, 2003

Various and Assorted

For those of you wondering if the exciter lamp was the correct one for our projector, the answer is yes! Yay! Unfortunately, my Assistant Manager, henceforth known as Ass. Man., managed to destroy the socket into which the lamp must be placed while he was attempting to remove the remains of the lamp he broke off yesterday....Expensive Projector Technician therefore had to be called to repair the damage that Ass. Man. wrought. Fortunately, we were up and running again by the 5 o'clock show. Of course, we lost the Saturday matinees...

This is a picture of one of my nephews. He just earned a colored belt of some kind....


I think it was orange and Tae Kwan Do, but don't quote me one it....He looks a lot like me and his mom, my sister (except we're girls, we're older, and we never wear white after Labor Day...)

Tomorrow--or rather, today--is my noon-to-midnight, so of course there will be all kinds of excitement in the blogosphere that I will miss while trapped in the Technology Free Zone™...

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December 19, 2003

Countdown to terror....

My work week begins shortly. Happy, happy! Joy, joy! My next day off will be Christmas Day, and then the next one after that sometime next year. My next semester's classes start January 5th, and I signed up for two--I think I must be nuts. I still have time to drop one, and since I haven't ponyed up the hundred plus bucks per textbook yet, I may...although that does drag out the educational experience. Tough call. I need to decide soon because of the book thing...

I still haven't gotten around to re-doing my blogroll, and I've been toying with the idea of an "about me" page. (No, Harvey, there will not be pictures of braless blogging!).

I accidently read some news yesterday; I have to be more careful in the future (that sounds like a New Year's Resolution if I ever heard one).

Have a great day, Gentle Readers! I may be back much later....

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December 14, 2003

Sort of stream of consciousness

Only 10 days til Christmas--I think. I lose track of these things sometimes. Probably almost too late to do any Christmas shopping online unless you can afford express or overnight shipping. I am running a little behind this year. At least the tree is up and decorated, and the lights up outside. I paid one of my nieces to help me (she would've helped for free, but I used it as an excuse to give her money). Unfortunately I did something to my back while stretching to get the angel on top of the tree and I'm walking a little crooked this morning....
We got a dusting of powdery snow last night, and as I was driving home from work on slippery roads around midnight I wondered what humans were thinking of when they settled north of the Tropic of Cancer (or South of the Tropic of Capricorn for that matter). It was 19° (that's around -7° for you, Pixy) with some horribly cold wind chill factor. And to think I loved winter when I was a kid....
It's my long day at work again, noon to midnight. Work really cuts into a person's free time! In years past I have found time to bake cookies, paint ceramic Christmas ornaments as gifts and even attend the annual family gingerbread-house-making-party. This year I've been lucky to get the tree up!

I need more coffee now.....

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December 10, 2003

Assorted Odds and No Ends

So much to ramble on about, so much time to do it in...except I need to fling lights and decorations on my Saturnalia Festival tree (Burger King is selling Holiday ornaments. Holiday!!!!! Is the very word Christmas so offensive to people these days? Sheesh...) and scamper up a ladder to drape lights off my gutters at some point, as well as festoon the living room with bows and banners and tealight houses. Most of the neighbors have had their lights up since Thanksgiving, so I look rather Scroogie.

In other news, Nigerian spam has finally come to my blog email addy.


Mr. Daniel Makoni
P. O. Box 32, Shaka,
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Dear Sir/Madam
You may be surprised to receive this letter from me
since you do not know me personally. For the purpose
of introduction, I am Mr. Daniel Makoni, the son of
Dr. Kabilo Makoni, a wealthy farmer/politician in
Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute
in my country.

It sounds like a terrific deal, so if you want to take him up on it his email addres is

And exhibit 2:

Mr. Creek Banjul
Contract Award Monitoring Committee
Offshore Payment Office.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

I am interested in your partnership in a business transaction. This business
proposal I wish to intimate you of will be of mutual benefit to the both of us
and its success is entirely based on mutual trust, cooperation and a high level
of confidentiality.

I am representing the board of the contract award and monitoring committee of
the Zambian Ministry of Mining and Resources, Offshore Payment Office
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I am seeking your assistance to enable me transfer
the sum of US$30,500,000.00 (Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) into your private/company account.

If you think this one's a better deal, write to him at

I know, it would be a darn shame if spambots picked up those email addresses, wouldn't it? But these offers are just too great to keep to myself....

You got those addresses, right?
Don't want any of my friends to miss a chance to be millionaires....

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December 06, 2003

Season's Greetings

Like most of the Eastern part of the country, we got snow. Well, actually it was "snow." The temperature seemed to careen back and forth between 31° and 33° so what we got was more of a snush--heavy, wet snow that became slush the minute it hit the ground. There would have been 4" of snush on my car when I left for work yesterday, but most of it slid off (so there was an 8" ring of snush encircling it).

The artificial plastic evergreen has been dragged out of the shed and de-spidered, and the boxes of decorations retreived from the attic, so Christmas is a "go" this year--at least, it will be if I manage to find the time to get the two together in the same place.....

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December 03, 2003

Five is right out!

Well, I had hoped to have finished my homework by this time, but (surprise, surprise!) I took a nap instead. When I woke up I went to the grocery for coffee and ended up spending a gazillion dollars because I was hungry. Never step foot in a grocery store hungry. Honest to Pete, did I really need a box of Stove Top Stuffing just because it was only 99 cents? No, of course not. But it was on sale!!!! And now next time I need a box of Stove Top Stuffing (next Thanksgiving?) I won't have to pay $1.49 for it.... Had I not been hungry that logic wouldn't have persuaded me to part with a dollar for something that will sit in my cabinet until the next Post Office food drive for the soup kitchen or I need something to crush to make bread crumbs, whichever comes first....

I missed the deadline for the current Alliance Assignment, but I just wasn't feeling creative, especially having read some of the other offerings... In fact, I can't even think of a lame excuse to offer if the muse whacks me upside the head in the next couple days....

I'm seriously considering entering the Dead Pool. It seems like nice, morbid fun. Only do I pick 15 celebs I think might die, or I would like to die? Tough choice. Plus I have to find out the birthdates for all my picks, which means research! I already have un-researched research hanging over my head for school! Maybe I could just make up some birthdates and hope nobody checks.....

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December 02, 2003

Assorted remarks

The Brain Cloud continues. I suspect it is the harbinger of a cold or sinus infection. Lovely.

I read a lot of interesting stuff this morning. Frank was funny. Bill was funny. Paul was funny. Pixy Misa was funny. Paul pointed me to Ted's 100 interesting things. Harvey hasn't posted yet today. Silver Blue has posted a lot. I need to do my Alliance assignment. I need to do my real-life school assignments. I read Atilla Girl. I followed a link to Instapundit. I checked out the Commissar's map and Pixy's correct--Munuvia isn't on it.

As soon as I finish my coffee I have to go to the hospital and visit my dad, who fell and "sustained multiple rib fractures" and had to have 9 stitches in a gash on his head. I'm still traumatized from the last time he was in the hospital (for a skin transplant for burns) when I was a teenager. It's unnerving for a daughter to see her daddy--historical champion, storied righter-of-wrongs and expert boo-boo bandager--brought low by the dehumanizing machinery of the health care industry...

I'll try and add the links to this when I get back.

UPDATE: Dad's got lots of good drugs being pumped through his system, but he looks like Mike Tyson used him for sparring practice. Remind me to do a post on why I hate hospitals....

Posted by Susie at 11:29 AM | Comments (7)

December 01, 2003

Lame Post #12

I can't seem to wake up today. I had enough sleep, and two-and-a-half of my normal three cups of the Elixir of Life, but I'm still all foggy. I have Brain Cloud. Looking for the link to that I stumbled across the fact that there's a movie version of Battlestar Gallactica. They have a woman playing Starbuck! There goes any reason for me to make an effort to see it--I only watched it for Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict....

It seems as if the LoL blogger who I said had 5 blogs actually had 10... and now this morning I noticed that several LoL blogs are getting their votes for the New Blog Showcase counted twice... I pointed this out to Bear in his comments so I hope he takes action before the contest is finalized...

Off to another fun day of irritating customers, angst-ridden teenaged employees, crotchety old bosses and on-its-last-legs-but-held-together-by-duct-tape-and-paperclips machinery...Oh, joy....

UPDATE: Lest anyone accuse me of accusing the LoL of cheating, the duplicate votes could well be the result of domain name changes not being handled expeditiously at the Ecosystem...

Posted by Susie at 01:15 PM | Comments (3)

November 27, 2003

More Turkey Day stuff(ing?)

I forgot to mention when posting from my sister's that
1) I was wearing a bra.
2) We devoured two 16 lb. turkeys, 10 lbs. of potatoes (mashed), 3 casseroles of stuffing (in addition to what came out of the birds), 4 dozen dinner rolls, 2 broccoli-cheese casseroles, one cauliflower-carrot casserole, two pans of corn pudding, a gallon of gravy, a veggie and dip tray, a beef-and-cream-cheese ball and crackers, and 8 desserts, including bread pudding with caramel sauce, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, double chocolate brownies with m&ms, pecan cake and two others I never got a chance to identify...oh, and key lime cookies and fudge, so I guess it was 10 desserts.
3) One of my brothers, his wife and son didn't come because they have the flu. (Which is why there was no green bean casserole, because that's what they usually bring).
4) My sister's neighbor has a yard sign with a dove on it that says "War is not the solution" or something similar. My eldest niece and eldest nephew kept thinking of hilarious ways to vandalize it.....(they didn't do it of course, being good kids, but we all had a good laugh).
5) One of my nieces thinks it's all about oil. She's in college.
6) Another niece took a drink of water--that turned out to be my nephew's white wine. Hilarity ensued.
7) I have seven nieces, four nephews, four sisters, two brothers, add the spouses, subtract the 3 sick ones, add my parents...there were 23 of us, if I carried the decimal correctly.
8) Euchre is a card game popular in Indiana. It's played with half a Pinochle deck (no numbers less than 9).
9) My sister has a dial-up. AOL to be precise.
10) AOL sucks.

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I'm at my sister's, stuffed with turkey, sated with stuffing, burgeoning with bread pudding and generally enjoying the company of my family. This sister has IE 6, and I wanted to see how my blog looks with it (it looks good!) and also how the Alliance displays (almost as good as Mozilla and much better than IE 5.5). So, I hope you all who celebrate Thanksgiving have a filling and fulfilling day. Next up: a nap, perhaps? Oh, wait--it sounds like a Euchre game is getting started. Cards first, then nap.....

Posted by Susie at 03:02 PM | Comments (0)

November 20, 2003

Ill Assortment

Well I had planned on posting long before this, but my email provider has been having "issues" and I've spent the last hour and a half trying to access my email account. Sigh....
So assorted things I am considering as blog-fodder:

My GM got called to active duty and is headed to Iraq for a year. This leaves the owner in charge. (Can you hear me screaming? It's interrupted by the occasional whimper...). I mentioned the dead cash register didn't I? Without the GM to run errands the only way I could get a new one was to join Sam's Club and go buy one myself (which I did yesterday). So I have to take it into work today and program it (or I could go in early tomorrow, which is tempting). Not sure which will triumph, but since I'm a terrific procrastinator (it's one of my best things) tomorrow will probably win out.

The Lost Post was a reponse to something Harvey posted about. It had to do with "online persona" (as opposed to "real persona" I guess) and the fact that a fellow blogger once expressed surprise at learning my age, because my "online persona" was so youthful.
The thing is, I don't have multiple personas. Seriously. What you read is what you get. The things I rant about online are things I rant about to family and friends. The anecdotes I share have usually been on their second, third or fourth telling by the time I blog them. And stuff I don't talk about on my blog is stuff I don't talk about. Maybe the impression of youthfulness I apparently give is due to a basic immaturity, or maybe it's because I spend my work days exclusively with teen-agers. The latter is the reason that phrases such as "Dude, I'm freaking serious" and "I'm going to just chill at the crib" have crept into my speech...

There was some news thing that's making the blog rounds. Oh, yeah--Massachusetts...Gay Marriage...blah blah blah. Big deal.
It's not like marriage means anything anymore. It used to mean a life-long committment to one person. Now it's like a job--stick with it a few years, get bored or tired, and then look for a new one. So the opinions I've read about gay marriage being bad because gay men are promiscuous or something don't really make sense in a country where Bill Clinton is still admired by some people, divorce is an eventuality people prepare for with pre-nups, and people have kids together without ever getting married. What needs to be done is outlaw divorce. Then when two people get married they have to mean it, whether gay or straight.

Well, I guess that's about all I've been saving up. Next up: The Exciting World of Laundry, Part I: to Bleach or Not to Bleach, That is the Question....

Posted by Susie at 01:16 PM | Comments (3)

November 18, 2003

Space Aliens?

When I went to bed last night, my clock-radio said 1:55. When I woke up it said 1:37. Since it was light out, I first thought that I'd slept 11 hours. Then I wondered if the power had gone off and it had reset itself to midinight, since I really can't imagine sleeping for 11 hours. When I got to the kitchen, the clocks there said it was around 8am. The microwave clock wasn't flashing, so it wasn't a power outage. Hmmm...
My clock radio now says 2:53, so it's working, apparently.
Tres bizarre...

Posted by Susie at 09:29 AM | Comments (5)

November 09, 2003

Full Moon and Non-Sense

Today's my long day, so of course all kinds of exciting things will happen in the blogosphere while I am stuck in the Technology Free Zone™.

Last night was a typical Saturday night--stupid people buying tickets in plenty of time for the 7pm show, but then wandering off somewhere and not coming back til showtime, thus demanding a refund because they couldn't find nine seats together....Hello! We're not Madison Square Garden here! There is no assigned seating! Use some brain cells folks!!!!
We also had our obligatory mid-rush breakdown. It was a new one this time--while changing the syrup for the Pepsi one of the clerks accidently broke the dispenser attachment off the hose. Much merriment ensued.

I did get to see some of the eclipse last night. As soon as I saw that full moon, I knew we were in for it....

Posted by Susie at 09:04 AM | Comments (3)

November 06, 2003


I'm thinking about going back to my regular time, since this Zulu time thing hasn't caught on (except for Ted).

I saw Matchstick Men yesterday. Terrific movie! Everyone go rent it when it comes out on video (unless you have a second run theater in your town, in which case go see it there).

The New Blog Showcase doesn't have too many entries yet, but the early bird gets the worm, so I am voting for CD over at Semi-Intelligent Thoughts. He has a great post on political correctnes called No Offense:

However, there is a double standard involved. Political correctness is supposed to keep people from being offended, but what if this offends people? Why is nobody complaining that the students in this article may feel alienated because they can't express their beliefs? They're being stigmatized, which is supposedly wrong. The only way to keep people from being offended is to outlaw all expression of opinion.

Go read the rest, it's good stuff.

In the non-political category I have to go with the ever-amusing Ross at Rocket Penguin and Who Da Pope? DRINK ALERT!!!!!

On a personal note, my coffee order came. Yay!!!!! Costa Rican Peaberry! Yay!

I may have more stuff to ramble about later--right now I have to go whip the Alliance into a voting frenzy....

Hey, Axis! get off your lazy duffs and vote, mmmkay?

Posted by Susie at 03:38 PM | Comments (7)

November 01, 2003

Halloween Revisited

Well, for those of you anxiously awaiting word on whether I took Ted's advice and went as a Q-Tip, the answer is, no, Harvey, I didn't. I found a white robe, made a circlelet out of Reynold's Wrap, and went as an angel. I learned a couple things from this experience--even angels are not immune to projector grease, and aluminium foil makes your head sweat...

There are a couple of good Halloween stories you may have missed. Tuning Spork lets us into a few secrets from his past and Paul of Sanity's Edge relates his experience in an oubliette.

Of course, the penultimate Halloween story is here, but you need to start here and work your way to the right, making sure to read the comments as you go...

Posted by Susie at 04:10 PM | Comments (3)

October 31, 2003

Happy Halloween!

Well I ransomed my car back from the mechanic for the cost of close to an entire paycheck ($260 out of $330). That really puts a dent in a girl's book-buying budget, let me tell you! But no car, no paychecks, and how would the various (federal, state, municipal) governments get their $90 a week from me if I didn't have a job? Hmm, multiply by the fraction and carry the denominator....the government keeps more that an entire week's take-home every month. Bummer.
I guess this is the point where a liberal would say "how wonderful to give my hard-earned money to people in Oregon who have immense difficulty mailing a $6 check for healthcare on time every month!" Being an evil and heartless conservative, however, it's all about ME, and the things I could do with that extra week's pay--like get health insurance in a non-Oregonian state....

Ah, well, spilled milk and crying etc etc....

I told the kids they could wear costumes to work tonight, and I haven't thought of one myself. My Snow White costume is too valuable to risk splattering with butter and Dr. Pepper, and my back-up Gypsy Fortune Teller outfit has too much dangling jewelry and flowing accoutrements that can get caught in machinery (Headline: Movie Theater Manager Managled in Tragic Projector Accident). Plus, having frittered away my paycheck on automotive repair, I can't afford to go buy a costume....

Don't worry, I'll think of something in the next couple of hours--if I had any green trash bags I could paint my face red and go as an olive.... (I didn't say it would be a good something....)

Posted by Susie at 03:39 PM | Comments (3)

October 23, 2003

Not worth bothering about except for Kevin

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
She sells sea shells at the sea shore.

Kevin the Wiz had his six month blogiversary yesterday. Time flys when you're posting 4 times a day or more.

Yes, I spelled it with an "i" this time instead of an "o". I've bowed to peer pressure.

This stream-of-consciousness blogging is not successfully dislodging the ideas I had for blogging earlier today but didn't get to because I was doing Alliance stuff.

Complain. That's one. I was going to complain about having to crawl into my template and change a bunch of links to new munuvians, but the actual link changing isn't as bad as it used to be. It's the dang rebuild that takes so long.

I saw Seabiscuit last night. It was really good. That was another one. But I just don't feel like a long movie review right now. Or a short one.

Rant. I had a rant--I'm pretty sure I did. Can't remember now what it was about, though.

Frank posted. I'll go read that. Perhaps I will be inspired.

Posted by Susie at 06:44 PM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2003

Brain Cloud

I think my brain has a slow leak. Or maybe keeping a vampire's hours is finally catching up to me. Whatever it is (mad cow disease? brain cloud?) I've been extremely forgetful lately.
Maybe "forgetful" is the wrong word. Absent-minded? It's not like I've forgotten my name, or where I parked my car, or who the President is. But recently, more than once, I've forgotten whether I started a show or not. This is different than losing track of time doing paperwork and suddenly realizing it's 7:20 and I need to dash upstairs and hit the start button. This is nagging the kids to sweep the lobby, or getting candy from the storeroom, or taking a quick smoke break, noticing it's 7:30, and not knowing if I started the 7:15 show. Sometimes I have to listen to see if I hear it playing because I honestly cannot remember whether I started it or not.
I suppose part of it is due to the fact that it's a repetitive behavior; when you perform the same routine over and over, day after day, after awhile it becomes rote. Unless there's something out of the ordinary to make it stand out in your mind, it all blurs together. But that doesn't explain why the other day I was standing in the middle of the lobby talking to the kids and I suddenly realized I had a lit cigarette in my hand. Granted, I was on my way out for a smoke break when I stopped to join their conversation, but I have absolutely no recollection of taking out a cigarette and lighting it. It's like somebody else did it, and then left me holding the evidence. My mind was absent when this occurred. I experienced a "Senior moment."
Being an individual of great imagination, many scenerios have occurred to me: early onset Alzheimer's, stroke, brain tumor, the afore-mentioned mad cow disease (love that beef!!!), carbon monoxide poisoning, alien mind probes, multiple personality disorder, hardening of the arteries, and vast left wing conspiracy...Some of these possibilities are less likely than others, but lacking the medical insurance to pay for a CAT scan, it's difficult to eliminate those.
So for now I think I'm just going to attribute it to the looney left and the massive stress their idiocy causes. Hmmm. I think I'll sue PETA.....

Posted by Susie at 11:43 AM | Comments (3)

October 20, 2003


Well, it looks like I'm going to hit the 10k visitor mark sometime today while I'm at work. If you notice you're the one who makes the ticker kick over, please leave me a comment to that effect so I can offer you a terrific deal on some one-of-a-kind, like-new merchandise for the low low price of--wait! everything must go! Incredible mark-downs!

...looks like I got my next week's Bonfire post. I try and stay ahead of the game....

Posted by Susie at 11:18 AM | Comments (13)

October 18, 2003

Assorted bits and bobs

Well, with one cup of coffee in me and my brain beginning to re-inflate to normal size, I can tell the exciting adventure of the power outage.

Okay, it wasn't really exciting. But for an hour there is was pretty suspenseful, not knowing whether we would be able to open for the 4:30 show or not. The kids' collective groan around 4:20 when the lights came back on was probably audible in Chicago, and then there was a mad scramble to do in ten minutes what usually takes us 45 minutes to do. Got the blood pumpin', that's for sure. The rest of the evening was anti-climactic after that.

Pixy Misa has some excellent advice for the American Democratic Party. Luckily for the Republicans, I doubt they'll take it, because it's just too darn sensible...

I admit it. I've been guilty of feeding the trolls. My only excuse is I'm hard up for entertainment these days since grinding the working poor under my boot heel is starting to pall....
Oh, wait--I am the working poor--or would be, if I had any children to support on my earnings. Good thing I was sensible enough to avoid unwed motherhood. Though, now that I think of it, I'm losing out on a lot of tax credits, and earned income credits, and child care credits, and "refunds" of money greater than what I paid in, all because I am childless. There's WIC, food stamps, government-subsidized housing--all I have to do to get on the gravy train is have a baby. Tempting.....

Harvey has a way with a caption.... (and he also apparently just realized what a terrific flirt I am. Not my fault! I inherited the trait from my mother, just like the large fonts....)

Serenity has a lovely rant about workplace inanists--you know, those people who are afraid to shut up because their brain might actually engage?

Brilliantly turning the tables, Frank asks his readers why they dislike Noam Chomsky, and boy do they answer!

Well, time to face the day....(yes, at noon--wanna make something of it?)

Posted by Susie at 11:59 AM | Comments (1)

October 11, 2003

5-4 squeaker....

Cubs win! Man, I'm getting too old for this much excitement....and we've only gotten through three games. By the time the Cubs make it to the World Series, I'm going to be a basketcase. D-Film at 11....

Posted by Susie at 12:01 AM | Comments (3)

October 08, 2003

Blog Spank Bottom

Let's play "search engine referrals" shall we? They are mostly pretty mundane, searches for "susie" or "penumbra" (although none for "practical"), but there are a few "what??????"s. To wit:

blog spank bottom
carbohydrate color limerick
The relevance of the misa today
Daniel Moore Your Daily Dose of Pizzazz (yes, for some reason a search for Daniel's website resulted in a visitor to my blog. Thanks, Daniel!)
welcome addresses for bithday party
"hurricane tips"+joke
+penumbra +picture +stroke
and my favorite, toilet phillumeny.

The last one was almost a whaddayacallit (that thing where there's only one google result), and I was the top return! (there were, surprisingly, two results).

Hey, it's my day off! Cut me some slack here!

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October 05, 2003


So it's Sunday once again, and I have a full day at the salt mines** in store for me. Oh joy.

**a reference to the movie theater, clarified out of deference to those who may be playing Blackfive's Drinking Game

*Improved! Fewer Words! Less Filling!

Posted by Susie at 10:40 AM | Comments (0)

October 04, 2003

Ageless musings

I feel like Bill or Paul--I got nothin' folks. Plenty of rants, but nothing that's currently annoying me enough to write a screed about. Sometimes when this happens I do a link-fest, but I don't feel like it today.

So, how 'bout those Cubs?

Yeah, I'm not going to get my hopes up, either.

Did you ever notice that watching that little cursor-place thingee throb while it waits for you to begin typing can be hypnotic? Vastly superior to staring at a blank typewriter page (for those of my readers old enough to remember typewriters).

Ok, there's an idea. We'll talk about how old I am. I'm so old that I wore tye-die the first time it was in vogue. I'm so old that I remember black-and-white TV shows. I'm so old that we made TV dinners in the oven when I was a kid. I'm so old that my first job was working at Burger Chef. I'm so old that we had a Magnavox Odyessey for our first video game console. I'm so old that we had one of the first laser disc players ever made. I'm so old that our VCR remote had a wire connecting it to the machine (and the only buttons were stop and pause). I'm so old I remember reel-to-reel. I'm so old I remember when milk was delivered but pizzas weren't. I'm so old I remember when computers were programmed on punch cards. I'm so old I remember going with my dad to buy a new tube to fix the tv (no, Jennifer, not the picture tube). I'm so old...that I forget what the next thing I remembered is....

I'm so old that pretty soon my annual 29th birthday is going to have become my annual 30th birthday. Bummer.

Posted by Susie at 10:45 AM | Comments (5)

September 30, 2003


I usually post when I get home from work, but I was suffering from separation anxiety yesterday--yes, my car is in the shop. Fortunately for me I have nieces with drivers' licenses who, for a pack of cigarettes and two bucks for gas, will ferry Aunt Susie home from the theater at midnight. (Well, it actually only took one niece, but I had a second one in reserve for emergencies.)

I love being an aunt. It's kind of like being a mom, only you get to send them home to their real mom when they get cranky. Plus, when they get their own cars you have tons of great blackmail material left over from all those times you didn't tell their dad about the tattoo, etc.

People are sending me linky love, and I've read many a blog post I want to link to, but I plead insanity indolence time constraints. I have to walk to the garage where my car is being held hostage and pay them vast sums of money for its return. (I suspect the costs of repair are going to exceed its blue book value by quite a bit; plus, the mechanic also told me my car needed new boots. Now, I haven't gotten new boots in about 5 years, and I don't think its fair that my car should be more fashionable than I am, but I suppose with winter coming it might be a good idea to get us both some. I will probably have to sell one of my kidneys to afford it....)

*Thank God It's Tuesday--tomorrow is my weekend! Yay!

Posted by Susie at 10:30 AM | Comments (5)

September 29, 2003

God Still Hates Me

Well, apparently my charming manner has not yet worked its magic on the Lord, and He still is visiting me with a plague of car troubles. (Hmm...idea for a post--what would the ten plagues of Egypt be in modern times? I'm sure porn spam would be one of them...). In addition, the wonderful folks at the U.S. Postal Service seem to have routed last week's paychecks via Venezuela so I didn't get paid until Saturday, when my bank is closed. So I am posting because I need to avoid trying to start my car until the coffee has worked its wonders on my brain, which might enable me to think of alternatives if that bronchitis-like coughing doesn't resolve itself into automotive ignition. Of course, the catch-22 is I need my car to start so I can go to the bank and get money in case my car won't start and I have to pay someone to make it start, which I can't do unless I get money from the bank.

I found a chicken bone when I was cleaning the theater Saturday night. It was a drumstick for anyone who's keeping score. You know, they have theaters where you can eat dinner while you watch a movie. But if you do have to sneak your KFC into my theater, could you at least have the courtesy to put the bones in the trash can after the movie? Thanks.

Why is it that software doesn't have a "downgrade" feature? Really. Many times when I upgrade something it crashes my computer. Then I have to go through all of the hassle of uninstalling it and trying to re-install an old version that's off in some musty backup file or on an original installation disc that got used as a coaster in 1997. There needs to be an "undo upgrade". Geeks--get on this, you'll make a fortune!

Ok--time to see if the car will start...

Posted by Susie at 11:42 AM | Comments (3)

September 08, 2003


Well, Munuviana is up to Large Mammal in the Ecosystem, largely due to the fact that any links from yours truly are being double-counted. I have emailed NZ bear twice about this, but he's probably busy brokering New Blog Showcase links....

Posted by Susie at 10:59 AM | Comments (4)

September 02, 2003


Ok, here is the incredibly brave thing I did before coffee this morning...I downloaded the Mozilla browser. I'm typing in it right now.

Being as non-geek as I am, any new program is fraught with danger...what if it's too big to fit in the space I want to put it? Why didn't I measure the space before I decided to bring it home? How liberal is the return policy if it blocks the doorway to the dining area? What if it clashes with the decor in a way I just never foresaw? You see the difficulties....

So far so good, scary beeps, alarms or klaxons and the menu bar is reassuringly familiar since I used to use Netscape long ago....

However, I really haven't noticed that much difference in display except on one or two sites, which I was just about to link to when I realized there are no shortcut html buttons on this page....

Tres bizarre...

Looks like I won't be doing too much composing in Mozilla, since it seems like I'm going to have to save this draft, open IE to add the links, and then publish.

Because Susie cannot blog without pinging...which I why this is being typed in IE...

Another 13 hour day today. Happy happy, joy joy.

Posted by Susie at 09:18 AM | Comments (2)

August 28, 2003


Well, I headed to the computer this morning determined to start the day with a post to PP, since I have been neglecting it in favor of updating the stupid dratted fabulous war blog but got sidetracked by an email from Evil Minion Kevin of Wizbang....(this post explains all).

That finally attended to....I have forgotten what it was about which I was going to blog!

Anyway, "Thank you" to Harvey for all his encouragement (Ah! Firemen!) and "Going to miss you" to Jennifer, who has abandoned blogging...

at blog-city and joined the ranks of the munuvians....

Posted by Susie at 11:05 AM | Comments (0)

August 27, 2003

So little to say, so much space to fill....

I did some blog wandering and found some stuff. I was at Jennifer's, Ted's, Mookie's, Kevin's, Tim's, Tiger's, Pixy's, annika's, Harvey's, Glenn's,Tuning Spork's, Evil White Glenn's, Frank's, Bill's, Paul's, John Collins', Blackfive's, Michele's, The Alliance, Victor's, Old catman's son's, and some other places I forget.

This is pretty much all I remember: Jennifer announced she is letting the allies of Evil Glenn use her Axis of Naughty name. This puts me and Tuning Spork in the unusual position of being our own enemies....

Kevin has a new Bonfire up....

and although Tiger finished the story of his court case, he was so tired his Navel Gazing Report was in braille....

The only thing I was inspired to blog about was poor grammar, but since my shouting corrections at the monitor had little effect, I doubt actually blogging about it will help....(besides, I'm a lousy speller myself...)

Posted by Susie at 12:31 AM | Comments (4)

August 25, 2003

Old issues, rehashed

Well, college starts this week, and my Assistant's course schedule necessitates a work schedule change (luckily I'm flexible). So my days off (yes! plural! woo hoo!) are going to be Wednesday and Thursday. That's the good news. The bad news is I'm going to have three consecutive 12 hour days instead of spaced-apart ones. Sort of like firefighters, now that I think of it.... (dang it, I get to thinking about virile young firemen and
Sorry, lost my train of thought.
The other thing is a whine...there are so many good blogs to read that I sometimes run out of time to post myself! So I hope that having two days off in a row will give me a day to read and catch up.
I'm going to try a modified version of my comment tagging...instead of commenting in every post I read, I'll attempt to comment in at least one post per each blog I visit each day, and see how that works out.

Well, since it's Monday, there should be a new In My World......

Yippee! Here it is! And it's one of the funniest I've read since...well, the last one!

When I grow up I want to be just like Laura Bush and whomp the Hell's Democrats.....

So I've fallen behind in my battle with Kin for the permalink at Kevin's. This means I have to gratuitously link to him in every post this week....

Posted by Susie at 09:38 AM | Comments (1)

August 23, 2003

Saturday GLA

Here it is Saturday morning, one of my prime blogging times since I close on Saturdays, and there's very little new to comment on...

Well, Pixy wants us all to upgrade...

Kevin is excited to be on a list (some people are so easily pleased....which may explain why he has pledged his alliegence to the Puppy Blender...)

Tiger explains (in one of his trademarked footnotes) how the courts in his county operate. It reminded me of Bob Costas' explanation of the tournament schedule in "Basketball"...

Paul generously offers blogging tips to Bill C. and John Collins, which John applies successfully...

Well, I have Saturday errands to run...look for more GL later!

Posted by Susie at 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2003

Not entirely a War update....

Since Frank has broken the news, I can announce that I heeded his call for an Official War Blog. It can be found here.

I want to reminder my fellow warriors in the Axis of Evil Naughty that participating in Frank's War for Freedom from the Evil Influence of the Puppy Blender (and/or his Evil Minions) in no way detracts from the fight against him on behalf of the Axis....these are completely seperate wars, and should be considered as such by all.....

Okay, I lied...I guess this is entirely a War update, because while I was blogging the above I forgot the other things I was going to write about....


Posted by Susie at 04:46 PM | Comments (1)

August 11, 2003

Monday Morning Blues

When I was a young'un [last week ;)] and had writer's block I would call it CLA (Cerebral Literary Arrest). Now I seem to have BLA (Blogger's Literary Arrest). I have been wandering the Blogosystem, coffee in hand, flitting from blog to blog in search of inspiration; yet despite finding a lot of good reading, I have been unable to remark upon any of it, leaving no comments in the "Kilroy was here" vein--the bloggers'graffitti so others know we love them--nor finding any post that inspired in me the urge to ping someone. There was even nothing new at The Netflix Blog, even tho' it's Monday and there should be a new In My World....

'tis indeed a sad day when Susie has no urge to ping...

Posted by Susie at 09:49 AM | Comments (3)

August 10, 2003

Lame Post #313

Well, I sent the last post off to Kevin for the Bonfire, but he allows multiple entries, so if this one turns out as I suspect it will, I'll submit it as well.

I have to leave for work in one hour, and today, as Loyal Readers know, is one of my 12 (13 this week) hour days. As movie start and end times fluctuate, so do my hours. One week the first show wasn't until 1:40, which meant I could show up at 12:45. Whoo hoo! This week the first show is 12:10, so I have to be there at 11. Why so early? I hear you not asking. Well, I have to let in the kids, so they can pop the popcorn, and turn on the soda machines, and open the candy cabinets, and I have to unlock the doors, turn on all the lights, set up the cash registers and thread the projectors, and check out the place to see what has fallen off or crumbled or started leaking overnight. And for some reason people always start showing up and trying to buy tickets 45 minutes before the first show starts....
Which reminds me: How come nobody ever shows up to buy tickets 10 minutes or so before the movie starts? A few come an hour early and then have to sit in the lobby and wait while we clean the theater from the previous show; the majority seem to arrive at the posted showtime. So they get in the ticket line at two minutes to 7 for the 7 o'clock show, get in the concession line for their popcorn and soda, head into the theater about 7:10 or 7:15, and then come back out to the lobby to ask for a refund because they missed the start of the movie!
Well, duh!
Just because the first-run theaters have twenty minutes of ads and commercials before the show starts doesn't mean that we do too... 97% of our movies have no previews, and the rest come with one or two 1 minute ads tops. It's logical when you think about it--they have 18 or so screens to fiddle with, while we have only two; too many ads and we lose one whole showing a day in each theater....
Okay, I think I rambled on aimlessly long enough...

Posted by Susie at 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

August 02, 2003

Pre-Dawn Perambulations

Well, Susie, what are you doing up at this early hour, young lady?
Stupid stupid stupid panic attack, dagnabbit. First in over two months. No doubt fueled by the stress of crumbling infrastructure and the curse of the poltergeist at work, last week of the semester pressure at school, and health issues involving my gun-totin', hillwilliam, language-that-would-make-a sailor-blush-usin', drink-you-under-the-table-'cause-she-was-raised-on-'shine, the-south-shall-rise-again-spoutin' mother. The triple whammy.
So, distraction being the best cure for a PA, I am going to blog a bit. Bear with me if I pause occasionally for relaxation breathing...

Tim is off Bogsplot!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!! Pixy Misa strikes again. I tell you, he really is a Renaissance Man...have you listened to his music? Read his book?
Seen his "Frnak Hates Me" logo? stopped by his forum? And we cannot forget Philanthropist, offering shelter to bogsplot refugees....
And he didn't pay me a penny for all this praise! (my rates are much higher than that....).

Elsewhere in the blogosystem, Frank has a delightful list of suggestions for WMD (note the lack of an "s" at the end, since the plural is in "weapons" not "destructions"), Kevin talks about somebody getting pelted with garbage, and reminds us its time for our Bonfire entries, as week 5 is almost upon us (my, how time flies!) Send him your week's worst post by midnight Monday.....
Tiger explains (via an asterisk, of course) his excellent grammer and ponders proper blogging procedure....
Mac (who is wrong when he says I don't love him anymore.....) takes a stab at linky-love...
Silver Blue has another great picture and helps Rachael in her quest to be the number one Google return for "Whore Clothes"...
Jennifer celebrates her two-month blogiversary....
And finally, the Ecosystem still seems to have a few bugs in it....(because I linked to two of Silver Blue's entries two days ago and they still haven't shown up in his ranking....)

Well, I am "normal" again...thanks for helping me though a rough patch...back to bed for Susie now...

Posted by Susie at 05:37 AM | Comments (5)

July 31, 2003


Okay, a couple more things before I head in to face Another Day in Hell (wish I could get that TM logo to work...the one Kevin gave me doesn't....)

Someone needs to make a not blogrolled logo or something similar for Frank's Blogroll Contest Losers who really should have won: (names and links will be inserted later tonight after I get home from the bar where we are having a 21st birthday party for one of my nieces, provided I have not drunk myself into a stupor after dealing with the lack of a supply order and oillessness today at the theater....)

UPDATE: I had the world's worst Cosmopolitan followed by a Kaluha and "cream", so I'm not too sober to blog. Anyway, the losers (so far) amongst my "crowd" are SilverBlue, Tiger, John Collins, Bill, Norbizness, Banagor and Pixy Misa. The soon to be losers (at least two of the three anyway) are Jennifer, Harvey and Tuning Spork. So we need to band together to fight oppression and link- stinginess, I meant we need a cool losers logo.

Posted by Susie at 11:36 AM | Comments (6)

July 24, 2003

Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do....

Ok, something funky is going on over at the Ecosystem.

Look at this: Ecosystem Details: Practical Penumbra

Notice anything odd?

Total inbound links: 4

Scroll down to where they are listed: 1

Yet somehow, I am suddenly a Marauding Marsupial? is Tiger with his four links a Marauding Marsupial...

Wow! Frank only has 36 links! (must be that Netflix ad....)

OMG! Pixy Misa now has zero links and is back to Wiggly Worm! (that's funny, there I am linking to him at the bottom of the page...)

K. Now this post has made me an inaniac. Thanks, Tiger!

UPDATE: Thanks, Jen. This explains it. (This is what I get for sneaking in through the side door instead of going in the front door like normal people--I missed the "wet paint" notice and got all smeared!)

Posted by Susie at 11:18 PM | Comments (6)

July 20, 2003

The pings and arrows of outrageous linkage

I was gonna use that line in my last post, but it was too good for a throwaway, so I started a new post for it.

Now I have to link things. Sigh.

Pixy Misa points out that Frnak has a new post. Let the blog wars commence!

SilverBlue has another great picture. This one's of the next step in portable computing. (Red Green would be proud!)

Kevin the Wiz has his own contest for linkage. There's a lot more geek stuff in it than Frank's, and it looks like he wants me to suit up and head into the stygian depths of my main template rather than just dig out the crayons and scribble something like I have to do for Frank.

(Aside: it is a sad reflection on Susie that she is putting more thought and effort into her entry for Blogroll Survivor than she is for the two end-of-semester papers she has due shortly...)

I hate work. It takes too much time away from my blogging and procrastinating.

Posted by Susie at 09:25 AM | Comments (1)

I like it....

~ * Your Magic Fairy's Name * ~

Your fairy is called Feather Saturnfrost
She is a trouble maker
She lives in high places where the clouds meet the earth
She is only seen during the first snow of winter

Pixy Misa < SilverBlue < Find Your Fairy's Name

eFairies is cool.

Posted by Susie at 01:02 AM | Comments (6)

July 19, 2003

Bla bla bla

Well, even though I have to go to work shortly, I've decided to continue to do a terrific job procrastinating rather that use the available time to work on my homework. (Everyone needs a skill they can capitalize on, right? Just because I am an expert at putting things off until they come back to bite me in the butt doesn't mean I can't have a miserable, unfulfilled life like everyone else...)

Cogito ergo blogum. (I probably got the declension wrong on that--haven't used much Latin since I had two semesters of it in college. It helped me with etymology, what can I say? I probably would have gotten my Masters in Linguistics if not for that whole "can't leave the house" thingee. Oh well. )

Anyway--Tuning Spork is already up at running at the new digs, so put on your asbestos suits, grab your flamethrowers, and adjust your links to the new address. (The racoons dine on roasted slugs in MY template tonight!)

Kevin the Wiz was talking about some problem he had with Crisco. My first reaction was, well substitute butter or margarine! How difficult is that? But then I remembered that some guys just aren't into the whole cooking thing, so maybe it does seem like a problem to him.

Banagor has another must-read. And I'm not just saying that because he says nice things about Frank.

John Collins is not in jail after all, so forget the bail fund. Although I bet if we started a beer fund for him...

Bill partied very hard for Alice's birthday and is practicing hung-over blogging. I think he's got it down pat.

Tiger likes Red Green. I wonder how much he would charge me to bring his duct tape to my theater and fix things??

Did I remember to tell everybody to go over to Ambient Irony and tell Pixy Misa he's the bestest?

Posted by Susie at 04:00 PM | Comments (3)

Good Morning!

Ok, so it's afternoon. I slept in. Sheesh, can't a girl get any rest around here?

Anyway, I just wanted to say to the entire Blogosphere:

Pixy Misa has a bestestness unrivaled in the blogosphere!!!!! He has graciously offered Tuning Spork an entry ticket to "Pixy's Discount Blogger Exodus Program"! (Although the membership guidelines are a little more ridiculous drawn-out onerous complicated than Frank's Blogroll Survivor contest, I'm sure Spork is desperate talented enough
to meet the requirements....

Thanks to LC Victor for creating a monster explaining to me how to do strikethroughs.

Posted by Susie at 02:20 PM | Comments (3)

July 17, 2003

System failure...

I'm too tired....
I just hit "back" on the wrong browser window and lost my whole post.
There went a great entry for Bonfire of the Vanities.

Posted by Susie at 10:18 PM | Comments (1)

July 16, 2003

It's all about the oil......

What is it about this story that makes me think of the old Peter Sellers movie, The Mouse That Roared?

Posted by Susie at 10:28 AM | Comments (2)

July 15, 2003

Outrage---erm, outage

Holy outage, Batman! Frank won't load! Server not found! The page cannot be displayed!

I wonder if his contest netted him so many hits he crashed?

Posted by Susie at 12:20 PM | Comments (2)

Just killin' time

...til Frank (who had his pity link for today) announces the first phase of "Blogroll Survivor".

So, what's the deal with changing the name of the character in "Hulk" from David Banner to Bruce Banner? (I haven't seen the movie, but the trailer is on X-Men 2 so I've seen it practically every day for the last 2-and-a-half weeks when I go close the theater doors after starting the movie). What if Spiderman was called Paul Parker? Or Superman Kevin Kent? I...just...don't...get it.

The top three stupid questions you should not ask the person (usually me) who answers the phone at my theater with "Georgetown Dollar Movies":

#3 Yeah, are you in Georgetown?

#2 Is this the Dollar Movies?

#1 Do you know what movies you are showing?

I answer all these questions with "yes", but one day I'm going to crack and say "no" just to see what they say. A couple of times I couldn't help myself.... I answered #1 "yes", and just waited....

Posted by Susie at 10:47 AM | Comments (5)

July 09, 2003

One last ping......

Well, much to the relief of my readers (and, no doubt, Frank) I am heading off to work before the next round of thunderstorms hits. Since it will be midnight before I get off, Frank's Blogiversary will be over......

Hope it was great, Frank!

Posted by Susie at 10:51 AM | Comments (1)


New Loyal Reader Ikkonoishi pointed out that Frank posted the finale to Hunt for the Rumsfeld Strangler. Hurray!!
(Now how am I going to sneak in a reference to Frank's Blogiversary?)

Posted by Susie at 09:57 AM | Comments (1)

Frank don't hurt me......

For today only, I am going to fiddle with my posting times so as to keep my homage to Frank on top.

Oh wait--it'll be easier to just change the time on THAT post. ok. But since I did it on Monday, it's not today only, is it?

Sigh. Frank, you are causing me grief here. (Hey, "Grief" was the name of my college intra-mural softball team.... we were like 0 and a gazillion.)

Never mind. Let the posts fall where they may. I just hope I don't suffer The Wrath of Frank.....

Posted by Susie at 07:29 AM | Comments (1)

July 07, 2003

Family resemblance

Since Victor is now a member of my family as a result of winning the contest, I thought he might like to see a photo of the immediate family......

View image

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July 02, 2003

Tick tock....

Well, it's my Monday again (since Tuesday is my weekend...) so I expect Frank to have something fabulous for me to start my day. Let me check--brb.
Nothing yet. Drat!
I will compose a poem whilest I wait.

Is this the day
to have a parfait
or do you weigh
more than a lei
made of whey?

Posted by Susie at 07:16 AM | Comments (1)

April 30, 2003

April 30

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!

Posted by Susie at 09:33 AM | Comments (1)

April 28, 2003

April 28

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....)

THIS is a must read.

Posted by Susie at 09:29 AM | Comments (3)

April 27, 2003

April 27

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!

Posted by Susie at 09:27 AM | Comments (1)