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This day sucks

I'm slightly calmer now, but still annoyed. My e-mail's still not working; i.e., I can receive, but I can't send, which is a bloody nuisance; my minions are being contrary and difficult; I'll be stuck in meetings for the next 3 hours (oh joy); lunch consisted of a biccie and a cup of cold coffee; and to top it all off, I hear JM's come out with this favourite line of his again at DragonCon:

"To the ladies: If a guy is mean to the world, he will be mean to you."

Apart from the fact that this observation is so blatantly obvious there's no need for making it that I can see, I'd like to know: just when was Spike ever mean to the world? He's frigging helped save it a half dozen times!

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( 6 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
julchek
Sep. 2nd, 2003 06:47 am (UTC)
Hey G - take a deep breath. It's okay.

Ignore James' remark from DragonCon - I think it's like I said in my e-mail (which apparently you are now able to read) - there has to have been something in his past relationships that has him on this whole line. He can't help himself ;-)

Anyway, hope the rest of the day goes better. BTW, "Death on Two Legs" by Queen is a great song too, getting back to your post on music.
gamiila
Sep. 2nd, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
Re: Death On Two Legs
Ah - nobody calls names like Freddie does...;-)
fenchurche
Sep. 2nd, 2003 08:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, that one always iritates me as well... and I'm really glad he didn't pull it out at Vulkon. I think he needs to take a good, long look at who he's speaking to. Sure, there are generally some younger people in the audience, but invariably the majority of the crowd is older women.

I guess I just find it a little condescending... like he thinks we can't tell the difference between reality and good fictional story and character. And sometimes it makes me wonder a bit about how he sees the character -- if the bulk of the audience felt about Spike the way he sometimes seems to, he wouldn't have a fan base. It's a bit weird.
gamiila
Sep. 2nd, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)
I guess I find it just a little condescending...

Yesss...maybe that's it. Also annoyingly moralising, too bloody obvious, and just plain boring. And you're right about it being a bit weird, too!
calove
Sep. 2nd, 2003 04:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, sweetheart, what a day!

IT support people must be a special breed. I think maybe they just choose people with no interpersonal skills, who are suspiciously and somewhat worryingly fond of computers, and then teach them a whole lot of meaningless words to drop into conversations when they haven't the first idea WTF is going on. At least that's how our company does it. I'm sure your email will sort itself despite their help. I hope so - I miss your sparkling wit and repartee when you are off line!

And James? A powerfully good actor, a lovely, lovely man, funny, passionate, intelligent, artistic, undeniably hot and I'm sure an all round wonderful human being... but also, on occasions, and about certain things, a complete dork. I just remember how much he hero worships Joss - how good a judge of character can he be?

And now I'm going to hide.
gamiila
Sep. 3rd, 2003 01:45 am (UTC)
Awww sweetheart, what a day!

Indeed. And it wasn't over yet! Due to an electrical fault somewhere near Leiden, all trains in the west of the country came to a standstill. 4 1/2 hours it took me to get home! The worst thing about these sort of incidents is not the wait though - it's the lack of information you receive. They send up DR personnel to the platforms, dressed in canary yellow jackets with the word INFORMATION printed on the back, but when you approach that person all they know to say is "I don't know, madam - we're just as dependent on the bulletins as you are" - the same bulletins that come over the intercom and tell you absolutely sod all (only that there's an electrical fault near Leiden). No word as to whether it's possible to travel to The Hague and Rotterdam and further by way of Haarlem, e.g. Or making a beeline via Utrecht. They wait until ther's hundreds f people milling abut on the platforms, then advise you to take the decrept old train to Utrecht that left from a platform right at the other side of the station 5 minutes ago. Then send you right back to where you were again. In the end it turned out Utrecht wasn't an option as a train had broken down on the tracks toward it (probably that clapped out old former Easter European train I saw leaving the station earlier). So I travelled back from Schiphol to Sloterdijk and finally got stranded in Haarlem. Finally, at around 8 o'clock, they arranged for buses to take us to Leiden - 2 ordinary sized buses for around 1200 people waiting to get home. I managed to fight my way onto the first one and arrived in Leiden about an hour later, only to find that there were no trains going from that station either. So I fought my way back onto the bus after the driver decided he would push on to The Hague.
I left the office at quarter to six. I should have been home by seven. Instead, I didn't walk into my front door until ten past ten. I was tired, jostled, and hungry, and on the news they said that the electrical failure had occured at quarter to five that afternoon. So it had taken Dutch Railway more than 3 hours to respond, not even adequately, to the crisis. Brilliant!

sparkling wit and repartee

Huh? Well, ehm...Good Lord!
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