July 1st, 2005


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My entry about the turmoil surrounding the opening of the store yesterday morning has drawn a couple of comments from people who faced similar situations when they were responsible for opening the places of business at which they worked. In the interest of full disclosure, I also have been in a situation like that. Back in 1995, I was working at a coffeee shop in Washington, D.C. I was asked to open the store on some occasions, and one morning I just slept through the alarm and thus didn't make it to the store. As I recall, someone finally reached me at home, at which time I hied myself to the shop and opened it a couple hours late. But nothing came of it; I got verbally reprimanded, but as far as I can remember there were no other consequences.

I'm now reminded of sort of an opposite situation I ran into one evening when I had to close the store. This was before I officially became a keyholder, a fact which conveniently escaped everyone involved, until the time came to lock up and go home, at which point my co-worker and I realized that, whoops, neither of us had a key. After looking for a spare in the back room and trying to call the owner, and failing at both, we struck on a solution. The door was operated by a single cylinder deadbolt lock, so we took a long strip of tape, wrapped it around the thumbturn, and ran it down and under the door. Then we closed the door and gently pulled on the strip of tape. After a couple of attempts, we were finally able to engage the lock. Ta da!
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Ten random things: July 1

Ten recurring characters in the comic strip Gil Thorp:

  1. Von Haney
  2. Marty Moon
  3. Steve Luhm
  4. Mimi Thorpe
  5. Andre Hamm
  6. Hutch Renfro
  7. Mandy Graham
  8. Bill Coleman
  9. Brent Raptor
  10. Hadley V. Baxendale

I used to be a big Gil Thorp fan when I was a kid, but I drifted away from it at some point. I've recently been reintroduced to it via The Comics Curmudgeon, who regularly mocks it but who admits to a grudging affection for it. And with good cause; it's the rare serial strip that doesn't take itself too seriously and doesn't move at a glacial pace. Give it a try if you've never read it; it's easy to catch up on, because the Chicago Tribune, which owns the strip, has every strip from the last eight and a half years available online. You have to register (or pay a visit to BugMeNot, I guess) to read the earlier strips, but it's free.

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It's the first of the month, so that means it's new book day!

Julie Kenner, Carpe Demon. Last month I bought another book by Julie Kenner, The Givenchy Code. Which, ultimately, turned out not to be very good. It tried to blend a chick-lit romance with a thriller, but it wasn't particularly satisfying as either. So, strike one for Julie Kenner. But I went ahead and picked up Carpe Demon anyway, just because the premise—basically, what if Buffy retired and became a soccer mom?—appealed to me.

Shinji Saijyo, Iron Wok Jan vol. 4. I read through the first volume of this manga series a few months ago, and really liked its goofy energy, so I read volumes two and three at (shh!) Borders, and got caught up in the story, so I've decided to continue reading it. But my bookstore doesn't carry it, so I have to special order it, which sort of obligates me to buy it. I could continue reading it at Borders, but that seems wrong somehow.

David Mansour, From Abba to Zoom. This claims to be a "pop culture encyclopedia of the late 20th century," but as an encyclopedia it's deficient. For one thing, there are no cross-references. For example, there's an entry about CHiPs, and individual entries for Jon and Ponch, but the latter two don't refer you to the former, nor vice versa. Also, it alphabetizes fictional characters by their first names; I'd much rather see all proper names, real or fictional, alphabetized by last name. (But it's inconsistent; Arthur Fonzarelli is under F for Fonzie, but Ponch is under F for Francis, which of course was Ponch's real name.)

And there are some baffling omissions. For example, there's no entry for Nirvana. Kurt Cobain has an entry, and there's a brief entry about grunge music in general, both of which mention Nirvana, but there's no entry for the band itself. He found room for virtually every comic character ever published by Harvey, including Mayda Munny, Nightmare (Casper's pet horse), even Princess Charma, but not for what was perhaps (in a commercial sense, at least) the most influential band of the 1990s. How does David Mansour sleep at night? (And just because I know my audience: Buffy Summers has an entry, but the show doesn't.)

Then there are the mistakes, which, to be fair, I've only found one of so far (he mistakes the Bear Family from Highlights for Children magazine with the Berenstain Bears), but I'm sure there are plenty of others. Whoops, here's another one; it says the movie Jurassic Park spawned three sequels, when in fact it spawned only two.

Hmm, I think I've just talked myself into returning this one.
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More pic spam

I saw a really big moth at the gas station yesterday. How big? This picture was taken from six feet away!

Ah ha ha, but of course I am making with the joke. I'm bad at estimating measurements, but I'd say the body was at least as big as my thumb, which is, let's see, about 2.5 inches long. I happened to have my camera in the car with me, so I snapped a pic:

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Speaking of big insects, check this out at Ian Brill's Brill Building!
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