Saturday, November 04, 2006

Ramblings for the Weekend (11/4/2006)

I know. It's been a week. I've been busy with life and such. You know...a four month old and all.
So, without further ado: GRIM!
Doogie Yowser:
Neil Patrick Harris announced this week that he is gay. In other news: humans breathe, and the sky is blue. Maybe it was just me, but some of us knew for a really long time. Like Rock Hudson.
And No Flexing Either:
A man in upstate New York was booted for grunting at a gym.
Expulsion. Now I understand the reason why they have these rules, and good for the Planet Fitness gyms, but this is a little much. Cops had to escort the man out? That's a big deal.
Grunting seems to be a big problem lately.
First there's this guy who was escorted out.
Next, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has been receiving complaints about one of its members: Maria Sharpova. Apparently her "extremely loud" grunt is throwing off the other players. Wimbeldon (the premeire tennis venue) may place a ban on grunting all together...on all the players.
Have you watched tennis lately? One of the fun aspects of the modern matches is to listen to who can grunt louder and with more purpose. I will admit, however, that Sharapova sometimes sounds like a rhino in heat...and that's saying something.
I feel bad for grunters. Can you imagine a no grunting policy at UPS around Christmas time? Many workers would be fired.
It's a strange world we live in nowadays.
Political Moment:
You all know how I feel about politics, so the fact that I'm writing something speaks to how huge this is.
My lovely wife announced to me tonight that she will not be voting in the upcoming election. After the beef stew in my mouth fell to the bowl below with a soft splat, I asked her why not.
And I quote:
"What's the point? All of the candidates suck. The people we can vote for (we live in Robbinsdale, so some races have nothing to do with us) couldn't care less about us, and it doesn't matter which of these three guys becomes governor, they all stink."
Many rebuttals ran through my head.
"But we have to vote. We have the right to do it, so we have to do it."
"Then choose who the least evil person is and vote for them."
"Vote for the Communists!!!!"
On and on it went. Luckily my brain was kicked back into reality by my sleeping son shifting to find a comfortable sleeping position on my lap.
"Honey," I started, "We have to vote. We have the luck to be able to do it."
"But there's no good candidate," she responded.
"Think of our son," I tried. "Who's going to help him the most?"
A small "harumph" came across the room. "Not a single one of them," she said.
I bring this up because I'm not sure she's wrong. This year Minnesota's candidates are...well...pathetic. They're bland. They're mostly white. They're not really for us (in my humble opinion).
I'm just going to
vote for Tom. Sadly, I didn't realize this was a real deal until I started reading all of the links. Now I really hope Tom wins. We may not agree on everything, but the man sure is eloquent.
As for the upcoming elections? Hell, I'll take my lucky quarter in with me.
and finally:
(Warning: A very unprofessional and angry section ahead.)
Regardless of what recent readers have said, I'm going to talk about the event that really angered me last week. The IT woman at my school was told she was going to be bumped last week. Bumping, for the unfamiliar, is when someone with more seniority (and tenure) decides to take your job (is there more to it? Yes, but this is the short version). Our gal was told that someone would be taking her job. There are a few problems here:
1. The gentleman who is to replace her is not versed in Macs. Why is this a problem? Most of the school's computers are Macs.
2. The IT gal and I have an idea to simplify many of the technical issues the teachers have: create a manual. That's right, an honest to goodness manual that explains the FAQs from most teachers. If she goes, how can we finish?
3. I work very well with the current IT gal. That, in my book, counts for something.
It's the nature of the game of teaching. Again, these are the things you rarely hear about (we never talked about it in grad school), but bumping occurs. Hell, my job is nowhere near safe. I might be bumped at the end of the year. It just means that I go somewhere else to get a job.
That's why I've been trying to get everything organized. If I'm going to go, it's not going to be like a bomb going off. I want the school, the students, the faculty, and such to function well even without me.
Am I planning to leave? No. But it happens. I've talked about John Glenn before, but how about a refresher course?
John Glenn did the most dangerous thing a person could do in the 1960s. He placed himself inside of what was basically a gas can with a rocket on it and shot himself into space. He circled the Earth after being told he may not survive, and when told he may not survive the landing, he landed safely in the ocean. He had completed the most dangerous task at the time.
After a ticker-tape parade and such, he wakes up one morning and goes to the shower, a mundane task that most people do everyday (or every other day). What happens? He slips and hurts his back and was laid up for a while.
The point? Much like the characters in Slaughterhouse Five, so it goes. If I'm around, then I will work my ass off. If I'm bumped, then I go somewhere else.
Of course what do I know? I'm the Jesus Christ of my highschool. Could you pass me my nails? I could be wrong.


J said...

"I feel bad for grunters. Can you imagine a no grunting policy at UPS around Christmas time? Many workers would be fired."

Oh man Leab you have no idea..... UPS would not be able to function at Christmas time.

I mean the way things go for any area its a good thing that they don't make up a no swearing rule.

I mean its bad enough during the year but near Christmas it seems like we get so much more to deal with.

Especially the 2 Day Airslide. People just love to just torture the 2 Day with alot of packages near Christmas and it gets really frustrating.

If they had the no swearing rule there I would of lost my job the the day after I hit seniority which is about 7 weeks after your hired. Because before that time they can't unless really good reason because your suppsedly learning.

You get a few really bad nights and the swear words tend to slip out even when not meaning too.

But good post Leab I had to rant about the UPS thing because it's so true. :)

Admin Worm said...

Welcome back! And bravo for not backing down on the things you enjoy writing about.

Neil Patrick Harris: My first inclination of his inclination was the movie "Starship Troopers." The Gestapo-esque boots...full-length leather coat...leather cap. Looked like Rob Halford with slightly more delicate features.

I guess it's "Bugger Houser" from now on.

Regarding the IT debacle...having worked blue collar, in Corporate America and as a writer, I can sadly report that "politics" often takes precedent over qualifications. We have a similar situation brewing at my current workplace; a very competent employee with years of experience in her department is essentially being shut out of a promotion. She'll likely leave the company, as four other people in her department have done in the past few months.

Regarding real (not office) politics, speaking as a Republican whore I sympathize with your feeling that there are no good candidates. Once candidates reach the level where they can actually get elected, they're political eunuchs. Democrats run as conservatives (Jesus-lovin', gun-ownin'...) and Republicans run as bleeding hearts ("Of course we care; look how much we spend.")

Even though you and I probably disagree on who the lesser of two evils is/are, let's at least do what we think is right on Tuesday.

Welcome back, Jesus.