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Fun Times in the Swamp of Fear and Loathing

Tomorrow, the axe swings at work. We just had a big meeting about it. Monday the phone calls go out and five people get the boot. I feel sick. Might be okay, might not. Talking myself into feeling optimistic but I'm worried that I'm being stitched up by my old boss. He doesn't owe me anything after all.

This is such crap. And all my own fault too, as dad helpfully reminded me today.

In the meantime work is dull and I live for Sundays, when I don't have to go in for another two days. Effing work.

[*SMACK* Stop whinging!]

Things are okay really. I just want to go back to my old job, which may be a possibility. And now it's there, tantalisingly possible. Very annoying, having to wait 'til Monday to find out. Or maybe beyond.

[A relapse into whinging]

Also, my tiles are not straight on the bathroom. How can the walls not be straight? I have to hack the bloody things off.

That's fucked up right there, dude. *g*

* * *

My beloved Merkins, your president is a scary, scary man. Magnificent fodder for comedy, not so hot on the leading-the-country thing owing to scary right-wing I'm-the-king-of-the-worldness. Tosser.

(I loved Mischa's rants about him. Things of scatalogical, blasphemous cursing beauty, they were.)

Perhaps we could arrange a swap -- you could have Tony Blair to be president and we could make George the Queen, where he could do nothing but be amusing fodder for our rottweiler tabloids.

Tony obviously *wants* to be the president of America since God knows he's never in bloody Britain, where you can't get a train or a hospital bed or keep a mobile phone without being robbed. And at least Tone can find two brain cells to rub together without the aid of a map from Uncle Dick and an instruction video.

Georgie would make a perfect queen. I mean this in every possible way, but maybe it should be King. King Dubya of the Untied Kingdom [sic]

The real queen could retire to Windsor and grow corgis. Prince Philip (who is one of those Grecian folks) could stay and he and George could out-gaffe each other.

Also Dubya would fit right in in the great royal family tree of fuckups, fuckwits, drug addicts, priapic mingers, pontificating wankers, losers of empire and yo-yo dieters.

I'd like to see Georgy-boy opening mental health centres in Scunthorpe, really I would.

* * *

This week's rec: "Simple Things" Zero 7
If you liked Moon Safari, this is for you. It's all a bit grown up.

* * *

And finally:



(1. It begins...) Okay, this is odd. Who the frell is that?

(1.a. Oooooooh. **** is in the ****! But then so is ****. So maybe it means nothing.)

(2. Five minutes in) MacGuffin! MacGuffin!

(3. Ten minutes in) This is weirder than "Won't Get Fooled Again".

(4. 12 minutes in) Nah it's not. Nothing is weirder than WGFA. It is odd though

(5. 15 minutes in) Ugh. No wonder he's sneezing

(6. 18 minutes in) You know, I once read a fic by Char Chaffin *exactly* like this. Only without aliens, obviously. *g*

(7. 20 minutes in) Chiana! That's disgusting!

(8. 25 minutes in) What *is* she up to?

(9. 28 minutes in) TA-DAAAA! The title is explained.

(10. 32 minutes in) The loooong John/Aeryn scene. *Excellent* dialogue.
Flaps arms and says "ooooo" [me, not *them* obviously]

(11. 40 minutes in) Some sniffly "awww"ing sets in. It's the good kind of angst though.

(12. 41 minutes in) The ad break that will have you all screaming "You BASTARDS! Don't you DARE to try to sell us shite NOW!!" at the TV

(13. 44 minutes in) Ooooh. Evil. Nice. So sad.

(14. 42 minutes in) The point at which I firmly expect Farscape viewers to have a COW. An absolute cow. I mean it. A HEIFER.

Can open! Calves everywhere!

(15. 44 minutes in) Time to whistle "The Boxer". This also possibly ameliorates the cow-birthin' moment. We shall see.

(16. 45 minutes in) Just when you thought that (14) was the main plot point. Big finale whatthefuck? moment

(17. 45 minutes in) TO BE CONTINUED.

I have mixed feelings about this one. Particularly (14). The previous ep I loved very much. It had an operatic feel about it.

In this one, that last five minutes was a splendid facer but I want to know where they're going with (14) and (15). I also want Maayan to post what she thought.

Post, dammit. *g*

Comments

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cazling
Jan. 31st, 2002 03:11 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow, the axe swings at work. We just had a big meeting about it. Monday the phone calls go out and five people get the boot. I feel sick. Might be okay, might not. Talking myself into feeling optimistic but I'm worried that I'm being stitched up by my old boss. He doesn't owe me anything after all.

This is such crap. And all my own fault too, as dad helpfully reminded me today.


*crosses fingers for Monday*

*crosses toes for Monday*

*ends up in a big crossed heap on the floor, as if attempting some Tantric yoga position*

Oy. I can't believe your dad is still telling you you're somehow to blame if you get the chop. Riiiiight. Because you're responsible for the massive media slump. It's all you. You *knew* it was coming when you decided to take a better job than you had, because you were plotting all along to cause it, from your underground lair of DOOM deep beneath Swiss Cottage Tube station. My, if word ever gets out that the media industry slump was all down to you, you're going to have to flee overseas pretty damn quick. I'd pack a bag just in case.

*g*


cofax7
Jan. 31st, 2002 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oy.
What Caz said. Not your fault and you know it. Don't listen to Dad.

(14. 42 minutes in) The point at which I firmly expect Farscape viewers to have a COW. An absolute cow. I mean it. A HEIFER.

*curls up into a little ball and whimpers pitifully*

How long before you can mail this? I must see these episodes. Thank you for the hysterical interpretive dance, and for the spoiler-freeness of it all.

I will not ski Sunday but will scribble madly in the lodge. I think.

cofax7
Jan. 31st, 2002 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Oy.
GAH!

I think I just got spoiled for item 14.

*beats head against desk, attempting to dislodge information*

Frell.
barkley
Jan. 31st, 2002 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Oy.
I think I just did too. In probably the same place that you did because it looked so innocent and so not about Farscape.
cofax7
Jan. 31st, 2002 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Oy.
I got spoiled by the comments on Maayan's last blog entry, which was about pov and not Farscape. So I went to talk about pov and got hammered by a spoiler which leaped out and grabbed me around the neck. Gah.

Frell. Nothing to do but wait. At least I can sublimate my frustration into work.
barkley
Jan. 31st, 2002 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Oy.
Yup, same place. I was avoiding reading comments to her blog ever since Farscape started up again. Then there was the POV entry, all nice and not Farscapey at all. So I said, what the heck, and that's where the sentence was.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2002 02:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Oy.
Really sorry. Didn't think to specify there were spoilers in the comments. I completely forgot.
Sorry. :(

Maayan
se_parsons
Jan. 31st, 2002 03:54 pm (UTC)
All Crossables crossed for the Monday news here as well.

I can see you doing the arm thing.

Almost all old houses have crooked walls. I am a bad friend for forgetting to tell you to start tiling from a plumb line NOT the edge of the wall.

Run a damned chalk plumb line several times down your wall and line the tiles up on that. You will have to cut slanty bits at the corners.

Arrrgh.

mischa
Jan. 31st, 2002 03:55 pm (UTC)
George the Queen!!!
I LOVE IT!!! There can be pictures in The Sun of Georgie and Charlie eating pretzels together in the park. lol. ;-)

and *hee hee* at "things of blasphemous, cursing beauty." The man is beyond rational criticism since obviously that doesn't work, so I now prefer verbal ghetto ass-raping. ;-)

OH yeah! And have you seen this (speaking of Tony Blair, The Man's Best Friend)?
http://www.drparsons.fsnet.co.uk/georg.html
mischa
Jan. 31st, 2002 04:26 pm (UTC)
and
Dude. Like they said, all crossables crossed. All good vibes to ya, girl.
coffeeandink
Jan. 31st, 2002 05:17 pm (UTC)
It is NOT YOUR FAULT. You made the best decision you could given the information you had at the time.

And every time I calm down he says something *else* that convinces me he's going to start WWIII tomorrow. Living in a state of terror is not good for one's health.
qowf
Feb. 1st, 2002 07:25 am (UTC)
Everything is crossed for you to keep the current gig or if not, land firmly back in the old one. All positive employment vibes being sent your way.

Please. Take our president. Let him be a monarch. It would be so much better for us all. I think your plan is reasonable and good. The Queen's getting up there and the Corgi population could benefit from it all.

Personally, I despise our "Leader". Every day it's some new freakish thing from him and his conservative moral majority cast of dangerous clowns. I'd laugh at it all, but I live here. When you live here, it's devastating.

Which just goes to show that it's a fine line between the absurd and pure tragedy. MUST work for the dems this year. MUST get the word out.

(Anonymous)
Feb. 2nd, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)
Uh, hm. I posted.
Mely said to come here, so...

In this one, that last five minutes was a splendid facer but I want to know where they're going with (14) and (15). I also want Maayan to post what she thought.

Post, dammit. *g*


I posted. Sorry it took so long.

And if you've got comments, post them in my blog, since they're already rife with spoilers (see above). This way you can keep your journal *pure*. ;)

I reacted pretty much word for word the same way as you while watching. Except I have no idea what's a MacGuffin.

Maayan
cofax7
Feb. 6th, 2002 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Uh, hm. I posted.
A MacGuffin is the idea/concept/trinket that sets the plot rolling in a Sci-Fi story. You could call wormhole tech the MacGuffin of Farscape as a whole. In "Beware of Dog", the parasite is the MacGuffin. In LOTR, the Ring is the MacGuffin. The Ring of Amara was a classic MacGuffin in the BTVS/ATS episodes "Harsh Light of Day" and IWRY.

Generally MacGuffin is slightly derogatory in that it implies a thing with not much in the way of thematic effect, so the One Ring isn't really a MacGuffin the way the Ring of Amara was. If you catch my drift.
vonniek
Feb. 4th, 2002 10:17 am (UTC)
Also Dubya would fit right in in the great royal family tree of fuckups, fuckwits, drug addicts, priapic mingers, pontificating wankers, losers of empire and yo-yo dieters.

This made me roll on the floor for 10 minutes staight. You elevate name-calling to the realm of an art-form.

Would you mind if I tag this? I need a sig for the Buffista board, and I haven't read anything as funny as this in weeks.
infinitemonkeys
Feb. 6th, 2002 06:34 am (UTC)
Haven't been able to get into LJ for a bit, hence lateness, but sure. I am flattered. My ego thanks you *g*
cofax7
Feb. 6th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
Aha!
I was pretty damned sure that was you, Vonnie. Heh. Welcome to the clan. Lena used to be a Buffista but she's fallen off the wagon.
vonniek
Feb. 7th, 2002 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Aha!
Thanks for the welcome! The Buffistas are some of the brightest and funnest people I've met online, and the board in general is like an antidote to all the bitterness and factionalism I see elsewhere. There is no bad here...eh, except ignoring work and sleep to play in that sandbox. Ah well.
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