June 6th, 2003

Daria

Grr. Argh.

You know sometimes you have one of those days where you should have just stayed in bed?

I've had one of those weeks.
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Daria

More shower questions, from kungfoogirl

It's taking me a while to work through these, so if I owe you, be patient with me.

1. What is your favorite "Stupid Lawyer" story?

Two picks here.

The funniest in its absurdity: The law prof who announced "I need this book. There are two libraries in the United States that have it, and I need it by tomorrow or Monday at the latest. Maybe you can just have them copy it and fax it over so I can have it now. It's not that long; it's only 68 pages." Obviously not a professor of copyright law.

The one I'm proudest of myself for handling (as pasted in from the day it happened):

came down from lunch in the break room to find a near-shouting match going on -- and my supervisor Chris was not doing the shouting.

We don't let people take drinks in the stacks. This is not unusual in libraries. We don't want our books damaged. We do have a way around the rule: You can buy an Emory spill-proof mug for five bucks and bring it in.

This lawyer was yelling at Chris because Chris wouldn't let him take his non-Emory mug in the stacks.

(Chris seems to get the brunt of this a lot. A few weeks back a bitchy evil woman cussed him out because he wouldn't let her bring her water bottle in.)

The guy starts carrying on that he wants to talk to the supervisor. Chris informs him that he is the supervisor. Well, Asshole wants to talk to his supervisor. Chris gives him her name and number. Asshole demands his name. Chris wants to know Asshole's name. "What do you need my name for?" Asshole snaps. Chris (who has remained admirably polite) says, "What do you need mine for? You're the one breaking the code of conduct."

The guy decides he's going to finish his coffee and take the empty mug upstairs. Chris tells him he can't do that. Asshole says someone will steal his mug. (Us, I guess.) At this point I spoke up and point-blank told the guy that we don't come into his place of business and tell him how to run it, so he shouldn't do the same to us.

Asshole Bastard starts carrying on about he's an alum and he gives A LOT of money to the university and should get to do what he wants.

He's upstairs. Chris is at lunch. I'm having trouble restraining myself from spitting in his mug.

I really want him to ask me for help with something so I can "You're an alum, you know how to do it."

2. What's your favorite bar in Atlanta, and why?

I don't get out enough... *sigh* I think I'll say the Highlander, because it's the one I've had the most fun at, and the food's great.

3. Do you see yourself staying in "Library Sciences" for any extended period of time, or are you just passing through?

The more I think about it, the more I feel that library science is where I'm supposed to be, at least until my writing career takes off. ;) The law library, however, is another matter... I like my job and my coworkers, but I don't intend to specialize in the law. Searching for cases just doesn't interest me enough.

4. So, you must have loved literature in order to have gone off to grad school to persue it. Do you still have that passion for literature, or has your grad school spoiled that?

Oh, I totally still have that passion for literature. And when I was working on literature in grad school, my work was still pretty passable. Theory is what really soured me, so now I enjoy reading what I want and not having to waste time on Foucault et al.

5. Who's your favorite ex and why?

Normally I would have answers for this question, because I've stayed friends (sometimes close friends) with several exes, but this week they're all pissing me off.
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Homicide

Shower meme questions from rainstorm13

1. How did your love for Homicide start? Who's your favorite character? What's your favorite episode? Why do you like that show better than other crime dramas?

I hardly ever watched Homicide during its original run -- in fact, one time I caught the Homicide half of a Law and Order/Homicide crossover and was disappointed by the lack of closure as opposed to Law and Order. But the summer of 2000, scarcrest gave me the book it's based on, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon, and I was completely blown away and started watching the show on Court TV every chance I got. My favorite character is Munch -- I identify with the way he uses sarcasm and conspiracy theories to avoid showing how much he really does care -- and while my favorite episode is subject to change as I catch up on episodes I've missed, I really love "Kaddish," the episode where Munch investigates the murder of the girl he loved from afar in high school. I'm also a huge fan of the "Sniper" two-parter, which helped get me hooked for good -- Pembleton taking off his bulletproof vest to put it on his pregnant wife, Munch snapping at Kay because he just can't bear the thought of seeing her get shot again, the detectives running toward the sound of the shots as everyone else runs away. Modern heroes.

I've always had a fondness for crime dramas -- I remembered, much to my embarrassment, that as a kid I really liked Hunter -- but Homicide is, IMHO, hands-down the best because of its writing, its flawed-but-admirable characters, its willingness to take risks. We hardcore fans call it "The Best Damn Show on Television."

2. What's the one acheivement that you're most proud of?

See, in the past I would have said "Graduating from Vanderbilt summa cum laude." But that no longer seems so important. So I'll just say: The fact that I'm still here, still kicking. I've been through some shit in the past few years, but it hasn't taken me out yet. And the good things I've done for my friends.

3. What's the biggest insight you've gained recently? How did it come about? How are you incorporating it into your life now?

Ummm.... lately, I'm not sure. Probably just that it's my responsibility to find and do the things that are going to make me happy. And the biggest step I've made toward embracing that is starting the novel. Also, trying to get in better shape.

4. Tell me about one of the rough periods of your life, and what you did to get through it. What did you learn from it?

There have been a lot of rough periods (because I'm a wuss! :P ) but the one that sticks in my head is the beginning of last August, when it finally hit me that I had no money and was about to have no job. I freaked. I lay awake at night panicking. But then I got up, wrote my resume, and started hunting. And less than a month later, I had a job. And it's not the perfect job, but it's the right job for right now.

What I learned: Lying around moaning makes it worse. Get up and do something. Granted, I don't always follow this advice, but now that you've gotten me thinking about it, maybe I'm more likely to.

5. What's your favorite comic book series, and why?

My absolute favorite is The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius by Judd Winick. Lots of eminently quotable foul-mouthed potty humor... what's not to love?

"Bitch, you ever stick anything in my can, we better be married."