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I have a question: What is your favourite LJ post that you've ever written. Story or commentary or just silliness. Feel at liberty to link me to your greatest hits.
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I'm not distressed. I just can't remember what the mood icon looks like. Well, maybe I am a bit distressed.

I'm a little bit distressed that I had to go into work yesterday when it was my day off, for reasons which don't bear dwelling on because I hoped, so very much, that they weren't true. Someone I like is all at sixes and sevens and I wish more than I could say that there was something I could do. There isn't.

I am also a little distressed that I made a hideous mistake yesterday that was related to knackeredness and being overworked. I should feel bad that next week New!Boss will be on his own but, selfishly, I hope they just realise they need me and I should not under any circumstance be given the elbow. Even if I can't count when I've been staring at a screen for seven bloody hours straight. Actually I can't count when I'm fine, it's just that I remember to check when I'm fine.

I'm a little distressed that I did two hours overtime today and found out that an extra hour at work is about to become, if not mandatory, expected. I hate that. I'm already there late most days. If it gets so I am there until even later a couple of days a week, I may cry. So, I am well knackered and I haven't had time to do any chores all week -- but if that's the limit of your problems these days, you're a lucky panda.

BUT! Today before work I went out and, in defiance of the credit crunch -- and indeed good sense -- I bought a very expensive jacket which I like very much. It is made of leather, which I am not 100% at peace with, but it is gorgeous. Happy birthday to me, a bit early.

And I now have two weeks off. Yay!

I am also reading Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, which is huge fun. I was reading The Road by Cormac MacCarthy but I think I might read that while I am at my parents' on Sunday and Monday and can appreciate the true meaning of despair.

Work Colleague who was alarmingly prescient about the credit crunch and now says that this is the end of days, we're totally fucked by global warming and we all need to buy guns to defend our tins of baked beans (she allegedly also mentioned putting heads on pikes round your house pour encourager les autres today, but I think she was joking) has also been reading The Road.

Which explains a lot.

Are we living through the 1970s again, by the way? Should we expect power cuts and the three-day week?

I have a music post but I think I'll separate it out. Why post it all in one when I can spam you three times in 24 hours?


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Oct. 11th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I would be thrilled with a three-day week, even with a pay cut. I think longingly of not working all the time.

"End of days." Oi. A financial columnist I generally like was on the news this morning, and said repeatedly "this is not the end of the world." Well, Sunshine, if YOU KEEP SAYING THAT I AM GOING TO THINK IT IS.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
I know. Some days it's barely worth leaving the house, so depressing is the news
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your distress! Extra hours (for no pay, I assume?) really suck. Mistakes are embarrassing.

But I am all in favor of new jackets. Including leather ones. I have, frankly, too many leather jackets, but they're my way of convincing myself that I'm actually cool and not a nerd (high school has a lot to answer for, believe me), and since I eat meat I don't feel I have any moral high ground there anyway.

As for my favorite post, I don't know. But I thought of this one the other day, since I was making the same drive (although I didn't get all the way to Santa Cruz).

Or maybe this one, which I wrote when Buffy ended. Dunno.

What's your favorite post of your own?
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
I liked both of those. I actually remember the Buffy one.

Most of the posts I like are tagged with 'smartarsery'. I like some of the non-smartarse ones too. The reason I asked the question is that I was thinking that one of my favourite bits of smartarsery was in a comment to someone being an idiot. The one about spoons. Can't remember where it is but I remember making myself laugh. (It's quite bad to admit that, isn't it)

So I wondered if anyone else had posts or comments where they secretly smiled to themselves and thought "that's a bit good, that is". And whether they would point to them so I could read them.
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
I, uh, have a best of tag, which sometimes I feel ashamed about but it's really more for me to remember stuff like this. I think my faves are either a recap of Valentine's Day shopping (mostly for the Bed Bath and Beyond section) or my "fuck you" rant to Miller, Rodriguez, and Tarantino after watching Sin City. Though this flocked one on traveling makes me want to grab my passport again.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think a 'best of' tag is a brilliant idea. Perhaps if you feel wary about the title you could call it something else. I actually remember the 'fuck you' rant, which was a winning combination of the forensic and the splenetic.
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Make sure you are in a relatively decent head space when you read The Road. It's one of the best novels I've ever read, but...whoa. I love it very very much...but it kind of makes me nervous that Cormac might be some kind of pre-cog and I need to stock up on peaches and diet coke.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
The person who told me to read The Road said something very similar. I have read 10 pages and I am annoyed by the punctuation so it's safe to say I haven't got into it yet. Maybe tomorrow night. I'm certainly not taking it on holiday with me
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Coming back many hours later and after two glasses of wine and some Macallan on the rocks:

The Road is a fable. That's my take on it, anyway. It's not written in conversation with the SF genre, but in (relative) ignorance of it, and has not much to say about the things that SF is talking about. It is, however, beautifully written, and there's some hope amidst the horror. (Not alot.)

I've been a fan of Matt Ruff since 1987; I went to Cornell the same time he did, and we know some folks in common. But I haven't read Bad Monkeys yet; do tell me what you think of it.
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
I think my favourite LJ hit is the wonderful world of biscuits, scones, cookies and even crumpets because of the amount of discussion that ensued on such a silly subject!

Although I do also have a soft spot for Once More With Bagpuss a Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Bagpuss crossover fic....
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
I used to be on a mailing list that would always have the hugest friendly posting days when they got onto regional variation in names for the same things *g*
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
I am glad you have some time off, but sorry to hear about all the work, tiredness and general stress of it all. I hate when I make stupid mistakes at work. I hope your time off is good.

It's ridiculously navel-gazy, but this is one of the posts that I thought I got sort of right. Since you asked.

On the other hand, I've also always sort of liked this one as well.

Happy holidays.
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
I like both of those two. Particularly the grand plan of sabotage enacted by your cat.

Hope your weekend is more relaxing than your week sounded.
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