Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The refrigerator

Today I had to dig through the refrigerator at work to find my lunch. It had been shoved all the way to the back by others performing the shove and slam technique for squashing their own lunch in. As I carefully disengaged lunch after lunch from the mass of plastic grocery bags, here is what I found out:

1.) Greater than one person at work drinks 2 liters of coke per day.
2.) Slimfast cans will rust if you let them.
3.) At least one person brings gallon-sized portions of soup for lunch.
4.) Old yogurt containers can be washed and reused as tupperware.
5.) Only one person actually uses an official lunch box. Everyone else uses plastic grocery bags (yay conformity!!)
6.) None of us is concerned enough with germs to actually prevent us from putting our food in the nastiest refrigerator I have ever been in contact with.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Let's talk about Compassion

Have you ever noticed how people are unnecessarily mean to eachother? Last night my flight home was completely full so Joe and I got stuck next to this super drunk really gross-looking-smelling-sounding man. (Luckily, I was in the window seat and the drunk guy was in the aisle seat. I put my headphones on first thing and left Joe to fend for himself.) To put into perspective how disgusting this guy was, within moments of sitting down he made a comment about someone jerking off and used the F-word 12 times. Also, his person was an absolutely frightening and effective illustration of poor hygeine. His redeeming quality was only using the S-word twice.

On a sidenote, I realize you are all thinking I should not be one to point fingers at others for using the F-word. This is true. I use it frequently myself and actually happen to find it absolutely appropriate in most situations. However, he refused to clear his throat which was highly annoying.

Anyway, getting to the point, it took 3 months for everyone to board the plane and find a seat. So by the time we took off, I really needed to use the restroom. I glanced at the aisle and drunk guy looked seriously close to passing out, which was a problem because I'd have to wake him up if I didn't go soon. Also, just looking at him made me realize I didn't want to use the restroom AFTER him. So, obviously going to the bathroom was a serious emergency.

By this time we'd been in the air 15 minutes or so, which I figured was enough time to get through the rough air and the occupied light for the front bathroom was off. Joe stood on his seat but drunk guy turned to the side, which meant I brushed up against him as I got out of my seat. (Another reason to need a toilet.)

When I got to the bathroom, there were two stewardists sitting in the jump seats. As an indirect way of telling me to sit my ass the hell back down, they looked at me and said, "The seat belt sign is still on." So I said, "Well, I really need to use the restroom." They retorted, "Well the rules are that you can't use the bathroom as long as the seat belt sign is on."

AARGHHHH!!! I hate it when people act like that. Rules are necessary, but you should be able to differentiate between situations when they're important and when they're not. In my case:

1.) I'm already up here and I have to walk back to seat either way, so you
might as well let me go.
2.) Will it hurt anyone if you let me use the bathroom? (No.)
3.) If I am not able to use the restroom now, I will have to touch the drunk
man an unnecessary TWO more times.

Anyway, it was pointless and stupid. Also, completely ineffective because I went to the bathroom in the rear of the plane instead.

Finally, I feel compelled to say that subsequent to the annoying bathroom experience, I realized what a complete bitch I really am. The drunk man had been really cranky because his flights were all messed up. He was complaining and swearing about it to Joe (who was quitely reading a prayer book.) Despite the fact Joe generally doesn't swear or drink, he was really friendly to drunk guy and drunk guy eventually calmed down. Drunk guy even offered to buy me a drink after Joe bought him a drink and Joe wouldn't let him return the favor.

By the end of the flight, drunk guy was almost giddy with excitement to be in Austin (even though his luggage was in Houston and there was no connecting flight and he was supposed to be in Corpus Christi.) I really admired Joe for being so considerate. I wouldn't have given drunk man the time of day. Both the stewardists and I could really learn something about compassion from him.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Video Clip

I'm sure most of you have seen this, but in case you haven't - this is an awesome video clip. I've watched it about a thousand times now.

http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/lyle_24/myhero.swf

Thank God for distractions.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Bad Neighbors

You know, its not everyday that you get an eviction notice. So it was rather an exception to my routine when Kristine and I found a notice to vacate the premise on our apt door. The apartment complex is mad at us for parking the car in front of the garage (twice), yelling, and slamming doors. They said to remember that we have neighbors.

So, whatever - its obviously ridiculous because a.) we're only here 3 nights of the week, and b.) when we are here, we're asleep. Which means that they're really just pissed we parked the car in front of the garage. However, I have no sympathy for them. There are only 10 parking spots other than the garage for over 100 apartments - what do they expect? Somebody should have thought more carefully about fire hazards when they built this place. Its not my fault.

Anyway, I think its completely stupid and I would sincerely like to speak with the manager personally, but we decided that wasn't a good idea. So, we handed the letter over to the guy at our company who handles these things. I probably won't get the written apology, chocolates and flowers I want, but I hope he at least threatens to take all of our business away.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Aunt Jemima

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Has anyone noticed that Aunt Jemima recently lost about 100 pounds? I noticed awhile back Betty Crocker got a new haircut, too. But, 100 pounds is pretty drastic. I mean - what did she do? Go on Atkins? I guess its to keep her current, but I liked her better when she was heavy. Skinny AJ doesn't make me want to buy waffles and syrup :(

Friday, March 04, 2005

Skiing with the CORE

I have to admit - over the past year, there have been a few times when Phoenix didn't totally suck and was actually pretty awesome. This week was one of them. On Tuesday, my team (the CORE), all took off work and drove to Flagstaff for the day to go skiing. Everyone is completely cool and we had a great time. And I did my first ever BLACK DIAMOND!!

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View from Halfway

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The CORE

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My first-ever Black Diamond