Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm expecting a large bonus after this..

A couple of friends who are colleagues shared an amusing tale of a vacation that they took together. They were recent transplants to Hong Kong and they were asked (instructed) by their boss to take a week off work due to some sort of shift scheduling conflict. The man's girlfriend was not able to take time from her job so the man and his female colleague decided to take their holiday together.

After a week in Boracay, they returned, tan and relaxed, to their staff residence. The man's girlfriend soon arrived but the doorman told her that the man wasn't at home. In fact, the doorman would not even allow the girlfriend to enter despite never having a problem with her entering the building before. The doorman continued to adamantly tell the girlfriend that the man was not in residence at the time and would not allow her to pass. After several minutes, the female colleague wandered out of the building on her way to run an errand. Not long after that, the doorman experienced a change in his attitude and allowed the girlfriend to enter the building. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

in a kingdom by the sea

I had a feeling about the group next to me at the beach, and my hunch was confirmed when they followed up a too good to be purely amateur rendition of "Circle of Life" with an equally impressive "Let it Go", led by a very blonde woman. We were set up next to Disney Cast members. SB was somehow still not totally convinced until they broke into dance.

They had that look. When I lived in Florida, my classmate's older sister was a Disney performer and I have come to recognize the youthful, quirky and dramatic characteristics of Disney talent. They are not so different from the Broadway cast members that I have come across, just that they travel in smaller herds.

It was enjoyable listening to them, even as they became progressively drunker and sillier. By the time that we packed up to go home, we had been treated to several movie song reels. The tan singers sang along to Aladdin, the blonde ones were clearly from Frozen, though the beast wasn't really beastly. It was a treat.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

catch me if you can

For the past week I had been having increasingly heated discussions with a project manager regarding a design change that he brought about against my advice which backfired on him. He asked me to make some more changes to fix his errors, which I strongly opposed but my boss agreed on. Then he discovered that his initial change and subsequent fix were both unfeasible and submitted another batch of corrections that made even less sense. When I said no to incorporating the changes, he claimed that all of this mess was due to my incompetence during the first set of changes, because my drawings showed items that were not practical or even build-able. I reminded him that he had rammed these changes through against my objections and I only changed the drawings after he agreed with my boss that he would take responsibility for them. His reply was that unless I could find proof of this, I was to carry out a large amount of abortive work because I would be found at fault. He knew full well that this is his error but he was counting on the fact that I wouldn't be able to produce documentation of the conversation between himself and my boss, who left the firm and everyone knows that the old boss spitefully and illegally wiped his office computer's hard drive.

Well, apparently this lovely specimen of humanity (the project manager, not the boss although the boss is not far behind) had not paid attention to the multiple stories of people getting busted for various crimes because completely erasing your hard drive is not easy. It's better to just remove it and burn it (criminals take note). I got a hold of my ex-boss's old computer and spent four hours of my own time last night recovering the partitions. I would have performed this task even if it had taken a month, inspired as I was by anger at the project manager. This morning I triumphantly forwarded the recovered emails with the PM's assertion that he was going to force through his idiotic design change for his own idiotic reasons, which I followed up with a "gentle reminder that trust once lost is difficult to restore." Yeah, f*ck you, project manager.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I wish them luck in the future

SB and I have kind of started our wedding research again, mostly due to peer pressure. One of our friends cornered us at another couple's wedding and not so subtly spoke of how much she would look forward to SB and my nuptials, having waited for SO LONG.

I told SB that we need to do a cost comparison of a reception that serves delicious food versus one with mediocre food and lots of alcohol. I don't know why he gave me a strange look.

My wedding could end up something like this lovely one in Pennsylvania. I have just cut and pasted the entire write-up by Newser because all parts were too good to leave out.

(NEWSER) – A wedding reception in Berks County, Pa., turned into something resembling a regional police convention when officers from 16 forces turned up to deal with rowdy guests—including the groom, who spent his wedding night in jail. From what police could piece together, the reception at a venue in Ontelaunee Township started to turn ugly when partygoer Mandi Groh punched another woman in the face after she complained about Groh allowing her drunk 14-year-old son to drink beer,WFMZ reports. The brawl grew and, according to a police report, by the time Northern Berks officers turned up, some of the guests were shirtless and bloody, reports theReading Eagle.
"Several people were trying to be a calming influence in all of this, but at that point, alcohol had taken over," wrote one of the responding officers, who received help from the Fleetwood, Hamburg, Penn State, Berks County, Wyomissing, Bern, Spring, Tilden, Reading, and Muhlenberg forces, among others. The first officers to arrive on the scene had called for all available assistance when the crowd "was getting riled up" and turning on them, theEagle reports. Four officers were injured and a total of seven people, including groom Nicholas Papoutsis, who allegedly challenged officers to a fight, were arrested. Police say the "very upset" bride was treated for alcohol poisoning and dehydration, reports the Eagle. As for that 14-year-old, he blew a 0.16, twice the legal limit for adults. What the wedding venue's owner had to say: "I wish the couple luck in the future because it's not a very good start."  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

the victors and the spoils

"Play it long and look for the head of Wambach’ seems the default game-plan for a team stuck in the past. World football has moved, in case Jill Ellis hasn’t noticed. US were outplayed by a better, smarter footballing side..."

By the comments published on Australia's official team website, you would have thought that the Matildas had won the soccer match.  But they didn't. Hahahahaha

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

just to be clear

One of my friends flew to Texas for a family visit. "Just remember not to be black," I told her.

In Texas, the police believe that 14 year old black girls in bikinis are more of a threat than armed bikers. If you are a biker at the scene of a mass killing, you can sit down and text your buddies while the police sort it out. If you are a black kid the the scene of a pool party where white people were yelling racist comments at you, well let's just say that it's hard to text when you are planted face down with a police officer kneeling on your back. This girl had a pool pass, by the way. But it didn't make up for being black.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

right wingnuts

I'm pretty sure that FUC and the Feminist Majority Foundation are part of a vast right wing conspiracy to make us look bad. Really, really bad.