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Hello World! Let’s Get Real

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!

Greetings to my fellow carbon based life forms!  Day going good so far?  If it isn’t, look at it this way: it’s half way done.  Some days are always too short, never enough time to ‘do all the nothing’ you want to.  That’s how I feel every day.

I work six days a week, dealing with what I like to call ‘the dregs of humanity’.  Now, it’s not always bad.  I work basically in customer service in two jobs.  There are good people and there are bad people.  But it’s always the bad experiences that stick in our memory, like gum in our hair.  I don’t like to be unhappy; I’m not even an unhappy person naturally.  Just sometimes, life gives you lemons to make lemonade, and right now, I’ve got a couple of gallons to go around.

Maybe, I should take a page out of Calvin’s book (Calvin & Hobbes): “When life gives you lemons, you sling ’em back and add a few of your own.”  I am trying to do that.  I’ll get into details on that score some other time.

But, who am I?  Maybe the best way to describe myself is to use certain characters from pop culture.  I have the wicked snark of Loki; the desire for vengeance like Cersei (when I’m thoroughly roused); 20170723_130215and the loyalty of Sam Gamgee.  Got a picture?  Oh, wait… that’s the picture.  Shows my parents have a sense of humor.  In other words: you treat me right and are a friend to me, I’ll be a friend to you.  Mess with me, and you’re in a world of hurt!

So, how’s your day looking now?  Still ‘meh’?  Well, hopefully you’re a ‘glass half full’ type of person.  I’m more a ‘glass is always occupied’ type person.  It’s either half empty, or half full.

And on that note, it’s been real!

 

The White Queen: Red Bleached White

“The White Queen” has been out for a while, and I vaguely recall when it was first aired on Starz.  It took me years to finally watch it and when I did, I was hooked.  The historical aspect was a big draw for me, and the characters and the period itself were fascinating.  The series was to be continued with The White Princess and The Spanish Princess.  I consider these shows to be the prequels to The Tudors, a show that I have already covered on this blog.  Now, we go back before the reign of Henry VIII.

The show opened with Elizabeth Woodville, widow and mother, waiting to meet the new King of England, Edward IV of York.  Her husband, was a supporter and soldier for Lancaster, the recently deposed house and king, Henry VI.  The first episode documents their growing love and secret marriage, which sparks animosity between Edward IV; his brother, George, the Duke of Clarence; and his stoutest supporter, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.  This ill feeling persists and both men spark two rebellions against Edward.  Richard, Duke of Gloucester and future Richard III, remains loyal and is definitely not painted as Shakespeare’s play portrayed him.  While all events in the show are riveting, the most interesting scenes to watch are the ones that involve Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville.  The White Queen, the Red Queen, and the King Maker’s Daughter.  In that day, men believed they were the sole benefactors of history.  Women learned a long time ago how to influence their lovers.  A beautiful woman could rule an entire country if she had her husband wrapped around her little finger.

The concept of Elizabeth Woodville being an actual witch, which she was suspected of, added a supernatural element to the show.  It gave her character more surety in what she did because she believed that she could influence people and situations to her advantage.  Margaret Beaufort was a witch in her own way, but a fanatical witch.  Everything she ever wanted, she said ‘it was God’s will.’  As a believer myself, there is nothing more annoying and insulting than hearing another believer use God as a means to attain their own ends.  Margaret Beaufort was always the character I despised the most, regardless of what show it was.  Anne Neville’s character development was a sweeping arc.  She started off as a truly silly and rather foolish girl.  At first, I thought she was slow.  But, hardship forged a bitter woman, lashing out all she thought were her enemies.

All together, the three women had their desires and their schemes and men died for it.  The War of Roses was one of the bloodiest periods in English History.  The in-fighting was great and brother turned against brother.  There were no neutral parties.  You were either red for House Lancaster or white for House York.  You either supported the ailing and insane Henry VI or the young and adventurous Edward IV.  Elizabeth Woodville had been told that she was for House Lancaster; but she so easily switched sides to House York.  She took what red was in her life and bleached it out to become a white rose.

And on that note, it’s been real!

I’m Free! Motherf*ckers!

It’s been a while, I know.  2019 was certainly a whirlwind.  Last time I posted, It was in late June, early July, and I was only a couple of weeks away from moving.  I moved out of my parents house at the beginning of August.

In the months preceding my move, I had a great deal of help from one of my doctors, who helped me find a dining room table and chairs, and a couch (with a queen fold out bed).  I used Facebook Marketplace to my advantage and got myself a toaster, microwave, microwave stand, little coffee table and book shelves.  Walmart came in handy and I got a TV and TV stand on their last sale.  I was being as thrifty as I could.

My apartment went from looking like this:Unfurnished Apartment

Before they fixed it up for me.  It then looked like this:

First Moving In

When I first started moving things in.  This was the next phase:

Partially Set Up

Still getting situated.  Finally, it came to this:

Finished Apartment

Finally, this was it looked like finished (ignore the boxes the TV is sitting on.  I do have a TV stand now).  I have cooking implements that were given to me by family friends.  I’ve been enjoying cooking my own meals, but I only really get to do it twice a week: Sunday night and Monday night.  All the other nights I work too late to cook my own dinner.  This Sunday night, I have my younger brother visiting and I said I would cook Katsudon for dinner (Japanese pork cutlet bowls).  I’m looking forward to it.

Anyway, I am very happy with myself and where I am right now.  I have my own space, I’m engaged, and looking forward to 2020.

And on that note, it’s been real!

I’m Back, B*tches!

I’m a zombie, come back to life!  Just kidding!  Hello, my readers!  I know it’s been a very long time.  Pretty much an entire year since I’ve written.  I think the last time I posted something, I was studying for my radiology exam, and was about to segway into the workforce full time.  Well, that happened.  So, I might as well catch you up on the goings on in my ‘real’ life.

I passed my radiology exam a year ago, today, and was the happiest clam in the ocean.  The very next day, I went in and told my doctor I passed.  He said, “Great.  Take this xray on our patient.”  It was business as usual, except I got to push the button.  I got a pay raise (of course) and started making money!  I worked (still do) seven days a week, and I doubled on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I cut the Wednesdays in January this year, but I still double Fridays.  I got a bonus from the one office I work at because we tripled our production in January and have been going pretty strong ever since.  Yay!

My sister started working at the same restaurant as me a month or so ago, so now she bugs me there as well as at home.  She just finished up her first year of college and was dying to make some money.  I still get a kick out of working there and she just adds an extra layer of amusement to the job.

I got a tattoo last week.  Been wanting to get one for a while.  It’s on my ankle and is Japanese cherry blossom with the symbols for ‘Unique’ on the inside of my ankle.  My mom saw it and just shook her head.  My younger sister was like, “I want one!”  The old man still has to see it.

Otherwise, I’m still surviving, still working, still writing, still keeping it real.

And on that note, it’s been real!

The Time Machine – Hollywood vs. Wells

Does anyone remember H. G. Wells science fiction novel, The Time Machine?  Does anyone remember the 1960 movie version, as well as the 2002 adaptation?  I guess only if you’re cultured like myself.  Ha!  Not really.  The movies did what they thought they could to bring one of the first attempts at science fiction to life and yet still fell short of the mark the writer had set.  Now, let me explain why.

H. G. Wells (along with Jules Verne) was the first to create the concept of ‘science fiction’.  That term is loosely used today (because there’s so much of it) but back in their time during the late 1890’s, it was an idea that was brand new.  Authors wrote books about practical science, history, and fiction; stories based in more or less a semblance of reality.  So, the thought of a world in the future was not something normal to them.  Thanks to Wells, we now have the ‘time machine’.  Before his book, the phrase to describe moving through time had not been invented, much less the apparatus to carry it out.

The book itself is told from two perspectives: the best friend of the main character; Filby; and the Time Traveler himself.  Using the Time Traveler as his mouthpiece, Wells began to postulate how mankind would evolve or devolve over the centuries.  His approach was to separate man into two classes: the privileged class and the working class.  Obviously back in Wells’ time, those were really the only two classes that existed.  Wells goes even further in the book to discuss how the Eloi (above ground dwellers) came to be; in comparison to the Morlocks (below ground dwellers).  The Eloi were previously the upper classes, who never had to work in order to survive.  The Morlocks were the workings classes, who toiled and labored all day, every day.  The separation between the two is stark in the book and in the 1960 movie version.

I just watched the 2002 version with Guy Pierce and while I thought the adventure was interesting, I immediately felt disappointed that it missed the important differences that were exaggerated in the book.  The Eloi have rather superior jungle dwellings.  They work for their food and built what looked like wind mills.  That was the whole point in the book!  The Eloi had forgotten the concept of work.  They did not know what it was like to toil and break a sweat.   That was why the Time Traveler asks where everything comes from: their food and their clothes.  The Morlocks harvested the food and clothed the beings that were to be their own source of nutrition.

Another aspect of the movie that was wrong was Jeremy Irons’ character.  Obviously, there is no fault with Jeremy Irons himself, but the idea that there was a Morlock who wore clothes and could speak intelligently is totally against the book.  That was another point that Wells was making was that the Morlocks had become like animals.  You had the Eloi: unintelligent beings, just existing day to day.  And then you had the Morlocks: creatures of machines and metal, falling from their humanity.  It takes a special kind of monster to tend to then eat another human.

A question I wish had more of an answer to was how did humanity get to that point?  In the movie, the Time Traveler finds out it was because the moon broke and humanity went underground for protection.  Eventually, some people went back to the surface and others remained below.  That was how the Morlocks and the Eloi came to be; and then they eventually forgot about their shared ancestry.  How did Wells imagine the division to have occurred?  He existed before the atom bomb and anything like that which could have caused a cataclysmic event.  The worst thing that could have happened in his time would have been a plague, or the First World War to take place starting in 1914.  I myself can almost see the division being a social experiment gone horribly wrong.  Wouldn’t that be nice to have answered?  That was what made the Time Traveler’s story so far fetched to his friends when he told it.  The idea that mankind could over time become so disjointed and separated was hard for them to believe.  In a way, it is happening today.  You’ve got snowflakes and liberals, who believe in rainbows and butterflies (sounds like the Eloi) and who really don’t know how to work.  And then you have conservatives, who work very hard and frequently drive themselves into an early grave (sort of like the Morlocks, but without the cannibalism).

Was Wells inadvertently predicting a future that was closer than the year 802,701?

And on that note, it’s been real!

One Truly Is the Loneliest Number

Everyone has done this before; they walk into a restaurant by themselves and sit alone.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but as a hostess, my problem is when you ask for a table all to yourself.  Awkward!  I’m of the opinion that when you walk in by yourself, you go get a seat at the bar.  If there are no seats at the bar, maybe stand for a bit until somebody gets up.  Somebody always does, then the loner can take his seat.

Now, that in mind, don’t walk into a restaurant and ask for a table.  Standing for a bit won’t kill you.  On Wednesday night, I had a lone man walk in and there were plenty of seats at the bar, but he wanted a table.  I tried to put him at a little two top in the corner where I like to put those odd parties of one who insist on having a table.  However, he decided to be difficult and wanted another table that could seat four.  Needless to say, I was irked.  What a waste of a table on a busy night!

I’ve gone to plenty of places and sat by myself.  The breakfast bar at Eaten’ Park, a regular bar at a restaurant after work; I never request to take a table away from couples or larger groups.  But then, if you’ve never worked in the restaurant business, you don’t think of these things.  However, that is why I’m writing this blog, to enlighten the unenlightened and tell them how to behave outside their natural habitats.

Take heed!  Take heed!  This is a public service announcement!  Whenever you go to a restaurant by yourself, do not steal a table from larger groups.  Go to the bar.  The food will still taste the same there.

And on that note, it’s been real!

Ocean’s 8 – An Ocean of What the F*ck?!

Alright, this is my first time doing a bad movie review, but I’ve got to do this.  I mean, it’s a ripoff of the original Ocean series!  Now, we’ve all noticed the trend that has been appearing lately: find a good, successful movie already made by men, and remake it with women.  Okay, I don’t know about Hollywood, but I believe in originality.  If you’re taking a perfect recipe and changing the ingredients, but still calling it by the same name, you’re doing it wrong!

I’ve watched all three of the original Ocean’s movies, and I enjoyed them.  The elaborate plans, the quirky characters, the narration of their heists were entertaining, and they did a good job with just Julia Roberts as the female backup.  Now, before anyone starts saying anything, I want to remind you that I am a young, Hispanic woman; so don’t even think of pulling some Leftist bullsh*t on me.  When Holllywood decided to take those good recipes and change the ingredients (i.e. the gender of the characters) they set it up for ruin from the start (Ghostbusters, 2016; do you have to ask?).  Of course, they tied Sandra Bullock’s character to George Clooney’s character in the original trilogy, but that still wasn’t originality on the part of the writers of this latest silver screen fiasco.

The movie received very mixed bordering on not so good reviews.  It currently has 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, and people have said that Bullock and her gang are no substitute for Clooney and his boys.  Now, that’s not to say movies about women are always going to fail.  Wonder Woman was very successful and presented the DC character very well, but for me personally, the story was a bit of a drag, and I was more interested in Captain Steve Trevor (but, I’m a normal girl, so that’s to be expected).  Lara Croft did pretty well, and there was no gender flipping going on in that movie.  The Hunger Games Trilogy with Jennifer Lawrence was well received, so there is proof out there that movies with women as the lead characters can do well.  Just don’t base them off a movie that previously had an all or mostly male cast.  That’s just Hollywood banking off the success of the first installment and hoping it carries the new one.

I glanced at the other reviews from critics and the common man prior to writing this post.  Most of them said the movie was ‘fun’ but that was about it.  The chemistry of the cast was really the only thing most people could agree on.  There were several videos on Youtube, discussing why this movie was so bad.  As well as informing us what the cast thought of the reviews.  Yes, we understand that most actors try to be proud of what they’ve made as a sort of validation for doing what they do for a living.  However, actresses Mindy Kaling and Cate Blanchett (why, Cate, why?) have been blaming white male critiques for the bad reviews and ‘misunderstandings’ concerning their movie.  Just accept responsibility for your f*ck up already.

Here is a video that discusses it in greater detail.  It’s a little over 14 minutes long, just to let you know.  Ocean’s 8 Actors Blame White Male Critiques

It almost sounds like when you were a kid and you did something wrong and then blamed the dog for it.  In this case, the white male critiques are the dogs.  “No, sweetie, the dog didn’t eat your homework, you just didn’t do it.”

And on that note, it’s been real!

Customer Service – Catering to Stupid People

We all know that stupid people exist everywhere.  Unfortunately, when God created humanity, he had a sense of humor, and created stupid people.  The definition in the dictionary is as follows: the quality or state of being stupid.  Last week at the restaurant, I was (once again) able to see how stupid and quite frankly, arrogant people are.

I worked at the dentist office from 8:30-5, so it was already a long day.  From there, I spruced up a little and went to the restaurant.  When I arrived, it was surprisingly busy.  In the summer, our evenings are always hit or miss.  I clocked in and began to check on everyone to make sure they were alright.  That was when I found out that a woman at one of the tables had been making a fuss because of how her burger was made.  One of our burgers comes with the person’s choice of Canadian or regular bacon.  The lady told the server ‘no Canadian bacon’.  De facto, it was now regular bacon.  She needed to specify no bacon period, but she did not.  Hence, it came out of the kitchen with regular bacon and she threw a fit.  The waitress offered to have it sent back and remade several times, but she always refused.  Finally, she was leaving with her party and she asked me if there was a place she could place a survey of her experience that evening.  I told her that there was a little survey on the receipt.  She said she filled it out and wondered if there was another place she could post a review.  I said that there might be something on the website.

She then turned around and said that she and her husband were regulars there and the server was usually only okay, but tonight, she was bad.  She also said she was even more upset because I didn’t apologize for what happened before I even arrived on the scene.  I just bobbled my head and gave her a half smile, not even bothering to grace her with an answer.  After she finally left, I went to clear the table and the server asked me what she had been talking about.  I told her everything, including the part where she wanted me to apologize and I didn’t.  Everyone else found out in no time and they asked me what I had to apologize for.  “Not a damn thing,” I said.

Listen, I’ve been a customer to and I know I will keep being a customer long after I’m done working in the restaurant business.  But even then, I know I’m not going to get in somebody’s face and make their life difficult simply because I’m the customer.  That’s not how the world works.  Look at it this way: the server has the power to help make your experience great, or to f*ck it to kingdom come.  Don’t piss off the person or people responsible for that.  Because you just might avoid something nasty in your dinner.

And on that note, it’s been real!