Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homewrecker

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently (by a lot I mean amusing thoughts when I'm lying in bed and can't sleep) about the future of my life. I've come to the conclusion that if it were possible I would truly aspire to be a stay-at-home wife. Make that a stay-at-home husband who takes care of the house, cleans, raises the children, and perhaps dabbles in history and professes at a local university part time. I believe I would be truly awesome at this job.

My first duty would be to care for the house and keep it clean. I feel this task would be simple as obsessively cleaning and keeping my bedroom looking like a museum is something that comes second nature to me. I find cleaning to be therapeutic and doing laundry, dusting, and cleaning bathrooms does not phase me. My one weakness would be the cooking department, and I would have to make tremendous strides in this area before my dream job can be attained.

The next duty would be to raise the children. While not working, I would be able to both save money on unneeded day care costs while at the same time being a stable face in my children's lives. The fact that I hate children hopefully won't get in the way of this task, but it certainly won't help. And if this were the case, I would not be one of those parents who pops the tykes down in front of the TV set all day while pigging out on chocolates and letting the house get destroyed.

I'm not sure I understand why society places family relationships so highly but doesn't enable average people to have the luxury of creating a stable home environment. For one thing, most families find both parents working while children are raised in day cares during their most nurturing years when they need their parents the most. Dual marital working habits also create stress and fractures in most relationships which must lend some account to the extremely high divorce rates that tear families apart. And last, jobs themselves do not enable families to have family tie - to simply be together, grow together, and enjoy time together.

Why is it that our society places such emphasis on work?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pit of Hell

I just got home from a morning spent at the RMV and I have to let off some steam with a little rant. I went to take my permit exam (which I passed) and while I had to wait a little over an hour to be served, that is not the basis for my annoyance.

It all started as I sat there, waiting. I was sitting nearby the counter and I could see and overhear people being helped by this woman at counter 21. At first I felt sympathy for the woman working there - she was a bit disheveled, and wore a too-tight bright pink hoodie that said 'Boston' or some seaside town's name on it. But after watching her deal with helpless customers, I began to find her rude and lazy. It all began when rolled through her numbers too quickly, so this old man came up to the counter as she was posting the number for the next person. Instantly she had two people to help, and little did she (or I) know, both had significant language barriers. The first was an old Chinese man who had not filled out his initial paperwork at all. The woman just kept repeating "you have to fill this out" over and over as if it would instantly click. I think he got the gist of it and walked off to write something down.

The other person was a young Hispanic woman also taking her permit test. She was holding her own until the vision test came and she didn't understand what the woman was telling her to read. She got to the final part where the RMV bitch said "do you see a bright green light and on which side?" and the girl had no idea what she was saying. The RMV woman just kept repeating it over and over getting ruder with each time. Finally some Hispanic guy translated, but by that point the machine had reset and there was no green light. BUT the RMV idiot didn't realize it and KEPT saying it, even when the girl told her "the screen is black!"

Once the Hispanic girl was taking her exam, the Chinese guy went back and he still didn't have the form completed. He had no idea what she was saying and he seemed like he spoke absolutely no English, nor could he read the form. I wanted to help him but my number was called and I booked it to the window. HOWEVER, after all was said and done and I took the test and was waiting to pick up my certified permit, I saw the old man wandering around looking so helpless. He must have seen me looking because he came over to me and just held up the paper shaking his head. I told him he had to put in his address and sign his name on the back but he didn't understand. I realized I could just do it for him so I tried to get a pen off the desk of one of the clerks who angrily said to me "excuse me sir, but there are pens in the back!" So I threw the pen onto his desk and stormed off. I filled in the old man's address from his expired ID and put a fake signature/squiggle line on the back and told him it was okay.

I know the RMV is a miserable place, and probably even a worse place to work, but a little respect and helpfulness for those who need it isn't much to ask. If you don't like to deal with people, then get out of customer service work.

And in other RMV news, I took the permit test and it was absolutely simple. However, there were FOUR questions on it about penalties for operators under the ages of 18 and 21. I realize that most people who take it are teens looking to get into a car quickly, but those questions were not applicable to me. For example, one question said something along the lines of "what is the penalty for a junior operator under the age of 18 driving between the hours of midnight and 5AM?" Luckily almost all the "penalties" involve a 60 day suspension, so I guessed correctly, but still. They need separate exams for people over 21.

Anyway, drivers in the area - WATCH OUT, I'll be on the road!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sharing

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Sharing this website, AmericansElect.org which is helping Americans voice the issues that matter the most to them, and is working to match your pressing issues to candidates in the upcoming election. I think it's a great tool (or will be once it's fully developed) to help you discover what candidates share your ideals and advocate for the issues that matter to you. Check it out!

Any resource helps so fools like this don't get elected:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Meet Crim

"There is a time of year in New York when, even before the first leaf falls, you can feel the seasons click. The air is crisp, the summer is gone. And for the first night in a long time, you need a blanket on your bed. It brings up other needs as well..."
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City, 4.18)

Summer seems to be gone (at least for the time being). The sun's been gone for a few days now and the air is crisp and rainy. It's been the perfect "stay-at-home-watch-TV" sort of week, and having no job makes it easy to enjoy the rain and lounge around.

I bought a Beta fish last night. All the little Betas in their little cups made me want to buy them all, but then they would just fight and kill each other. I ended up picking out a cute little red fish who was noticeably smaller than the others. And after a bumpy car ride from Quincy back to Somerville, I decided to name him Crimson. Here is a picture of his new home (he's not in it because the water is oxidizing):


His new home is a giant lab flask that my friend got from work. I also bought a few bamboo stalks to give him some nutrients and some things to hide behind and interact with. He'll be moving into his new place later in the day.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Too Many D's

Why does the new movie Dolphin Tale need to be in 3D? Why does a Dolphin family-oriented movie have to utilize this technology? Will dolphins popping out at you really make for a better viewing experience? What is this obsession with 3D everything!? I'm dreading the day when 3D phones are commonplace, mostly because this technology makes my eyes hurt and makes me feel sick.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Grab Ya Bags

Doing a bit of a grab bag sort of post where I'm just going to throw a bunch of unrelated things at you that I want to comment on or point out. It's almost like this is my terrible goodie bag to all of you readers out there that I'm handing out after an equally terrible part I presumably threw. Anyways...

My life has been all over the place lately. Even without a job, I find myself crunched for time. I also find it funny how quickly your life can change and how easily I find myself adapting to those changes, especially when I was so vehemently against change as a child. My life in Boston seems to shine a hundred times brighter than my Philadelphia life. I feel more energetic, more prone to do things, and I'm in a much better mood here than I was nearly all of last year. Sure the quick leave from Philadelphia has left me with a bit of a roadblock to push through, but it was certainly for the best and I don't regret the way it turned out.

Back in high school I was always mildly interested in peers who would bounce between relationships so quickly. Of course high school relationships were, for the most part, superficial, but it seemed there were always a handful of peers who would have a new boyfriend or girlfriend the moment they broke off with the previous suitor. And of course, there was me, who had never dated or been in a relationship all throughout high school, and perhaps a tad jealous that others were able to not only hold relationships, but also find new ones so quickly. But now I find that trend moving into my life. Not that I'm actively looking for relationships or  that I'm simply bouncing between them superficially, but at least for the past two years now I've been in and out of relationships - something that I had never before experienced. I'm not trying to say that I should install a turn-style in my bedroom, but I'm merely commenting that perhaps people (or perhaps simply me) reach their optimal dating age at different periods of their life, and mine is simply in full swing now.

Speaking of relationships, while at my friend's this weekend I was caught up on some of the latest episodes of Degrassi, and ruling out the characters that I didn't recognize, I was hooked on some of the story lines even after missing a season and a half of episodes. Not much interests me with the characters, but being the loser that I am, I'm going through seasons 10 and 11 simply to watch all of the Riley and Zane related episodes. Now the real question to ask myself is, am I watching them because of the gay-related romance between the two, or because Zane is Asian? That's a tough one to answer...

And finally, to close out, we touch upon the MTV Video Music Awards. Normally I don't pay attention to this "music" event and I rarely watch it (except for Lady Gaga's amazing performance of Paparazzi in 2009), but this year I happened to catch some segments of the VMAs mostly due to the fact that MTV strategically placed a high-octane episode of Jersey Shore right before the event began. Those devils! Anyway, I leave you with some parting words from Tyler Oakley on why the VMAs sucked this year:


This post really was all over the place and I guess it shows how scattered my brain is at (checking) 2AM. I'm off to sleep even though I have nothing to wake up for in the morning. This jobless life is starting to get a tad boring. Forget the need for cash - I just need something to do!