Another week, another Quick Takes. I’m actually off work today (which is nice, since last week I worked 6 days), and I even did write these before today/last night. Of course, after reading the morning paper, I think some are going to be adjusted, but I won’t be scrambling to hit seven for once, so that’s a reason.
1. I have begun to accept that I can be a very angry driver. I’m not usually an angry person, and I have driven quite long distances without a hint of road rage (and that said, my rage is confined to my own car – I still don’t tailgate, make rude gestures, or beep). But now that I have a (not very long at all) commute to work that takes me on the interstate (and an exchange with another interstate) I’m getting annoyed at all the idiots out there. I try to be a very courteous driver (somewhat suspended when people are getting on the highway and I’m in the slow lane – if they’re not clearly slowing down or speeding up to get in without making me change speed, I speed up), but I’m pissed that so many other drivers are whipping past me and zipping in and out of lanes rudely and unsafely. So, now I’m trying to keep my cool and not feel morally superior because I’m a (generally) courteous driver. This is I think what really irks me… my image of myself is faced with the reality of myself, which is quite adept at colorfully criticising other drivers. I used to be much better at making excuses for why they were driving poorly (they must’ve had a bad day; perhaps they have an emergency, etc.)….
2. Working at a Mall, especially when there aren’t many people around, leads to boredom and a bit of ennui. I have discovered that for me, this in turn leads to eating. I pack lunches usually, but man that food court’s so close… I’m hoping the “I really don’t have the money for this” diet kicks in soon, because it’s hard to tune it out, especially when the CCTV keeps showing chocolates for Valentine’s Day and how to keep whole nuts longer (you put them in a ziplock with a date on them for 6+ months, in case you were wondering). On the bright side, writing these down definitely helped alleviate some “empty mall” boredom.
3. I admit it, I am a font addict. Were it truly up to me, I’d probably be doing different fonts all over the place on this website (luckily, common sense and the limitations of WordPress kick in). I used to be able to look at practically any font my computer had and recognise it. I can’t do this with every font anymore, however, because I have since discovered free font download sites. I’ve got 185 right now in their basic forms, and you can’t imagine how I was practically drooling at hearing that Adobe has some font library program with thousands of them… the fact that the price tag matches is why I haven’t got it, lol.
4. Childish dislikes…For the longest time, I was certain I hated onion rings. Then not long ago I tried a little bit of one and liked it. My parents had told me when I was really young I loved them, but then for some reason I decided I hated the slimey-ness of the onions (a total misconception).. that said, I’m still not recanting on asparagus and shrimp.
5. You’d be surprised what people think is real gold. The display at work is designed to catch your eye with really glitzy fake coins, etc. But these look obviously fake to me. Kids coming up, sure, they’re kids.. but adults actually pick up the coins and I have to tell them they’re not real. They’re gold-painted plastic – it really doesn’t look that real (about as real as the fake $100 bills we have scattered around).
6. So, BC (known in some circles around here as “Barely Catholic” – not the most charitable, but unfortunately not entirely inaccurate) has put crucifixes in its classrooms. I was somewhat stunned, actually. What was more stunning, however, is the professorial outcry. The students didn’t care; the professors did. I guess Jesus and the Church are anti-intellectual (despite the Church being basically the center of learning for atleast 1500 years following Christ’s death and resurrection). If I, as a Christian, worked at a Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu university, I would rather expect symbols of these religions in every classroom and religious activities. As long as I was free to refrain from worshipping Lakshmi, etc., I wouldn’t have any issues. On the bright side, I did find a column by a Jewish woman whose daughter is an alumna of BC: ”Respecting BC’s faith is an easy cross to bear.”
7. Courtesy today’s paper I also found an interesting if disturbing article about a family mourning its pet. Apparently, funeral homes are increasingly being used to hold memorial services for pets. Yes, this is real. Now, I love my pets, and I’d be upset at their deaths (I have, in fact, been very upset over a lost dog and a lost cat, and I’m thinking at 10 years old my tiny turtle is nearing his end (his species typically lives 10-12 years)). But the reprinted obituary listed human parents, human siblings, even human grandparents. I bet that dog was a great dog — but he was just a dog, he wasn’t human. Color me old-fashioned, but I just don’t get this trend of treating pets like people.
So, I’m waiting for the library to get a hold of Man of La Mancha (I don’t know where my copy went) but I’m going to start working on the Quixotic Catechesis today, and I can tell you it’s going to be atleast 5 parts. I’m thinking of posting a new part of it every Monday or Tuesday, and then doing an unrelated post every Wednesday or Thursday. Again, my apologies for “going silent” in the middle of the week – once my coworker is back from vacation my hours should stabilise and give me a bit more free time to do this and also read more. :) Thanks again for reading!